Lang/Rainwater Duo in Concert - Balancing the Scales


The Lang/Rainwater Duo presents a program called Balancing the Scales. This is part of their long-term commissiong project for trombone and piano that focuses on underrepresented communities in the low brass world. Featured composers include Jessica Rudman, Quinn Mason, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Robert Schumann, and two new commissions by Alex Temple and Anne Hege. Anne Hege is a local Bay Area resident and will be in attendance at the show.

Lang/Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students

Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and styles, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and modern pop music. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Bryne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensemble loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music), as well as numerous other NYC-based new music ensembles such as TILT Brass and the SEM Ensemble. The New York Times has called his playing "fiercely, virtuosic" and the Boston Globe has hailed him for his "superb performance" in past solo works.

Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist and chamber musician. Anne holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for “excellence in chamber music performance.” She has performed in venues and festivals throughout the US and Europe, including the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria and Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany with the band CocoRosie, as well as the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, University of California San Diego, and and Z Space, among others. Anne also curates a monthly musical gathering in Oakland called the Vernon Salon Series. Highlights of the 19/20 season include the release of a solo piano album featuring the music of Jude Traxler, a performance of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with Mendocino College, and a Bach Partita Marathon in April 2020 in San Francisco.