by Peter Aaron
Interesting story with Abrams. The pianist, who for the concert will perform works by Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, and his own Wagner-inspired “Opera for Piano” series, maintains that his own recent works were composed “immediately following a re-birthing session at the Theosophical Society’s summer retreat in Upstate New York, [when] he started channeling music. The first work was written in the three days following the re-birthing experience, which had gone far beyond just his birth and flipped him back into a former lifetime. The music was in the Baroque style, and the composer was unknown. Another mystical experience followed soon after while on a visit to Mull in the Hebrides, where Richard Wagner spoke to him in a dream. The next day, he started writing ‘Fantasie Variations on Tristan und Isolde.’ All the music in his series is written in the style of composer, as if the composer had written the opera as piano music.”
In this 2012 performance, Abrams plays two of his sublime Wagner adaptations:
Daniel Abrams will perform at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston on August 31 at 8pm. For tickets and information, call (8450 331-3261 or visit www.KingstonFestival.org.