Here at Concordia Chamber Players we believe in presenting treasures of the chamber music repertoire while also presenting performers and composers that speak to the times. The 2022 Grammy Awards have recognized two of our featured composers Andy Akiho (April 24), and Caroline Shaw (March 6), with a nomination for Best Contemporary Composition. Clarice Assad who created Concordia’s first commission Obrigado is also a 2022 nominee for Best Contemporary Composition.
The NY Times recently featured the collaboration of SandBox Percussion and composer Andy Akiho’s Seven Pillars.
“Akiho has an uncanny gift for intricate rhythmic counterpoint, though the mathematical precision of the final product emerged through epic stretches of stream-of-consciousness play.”
— New York Times
Sandbox Percussion’s recording of Seven Pillars by Andy Akiho is a 2022 Grammy nominee for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance. The praise and recognition just keeps coming with the most recent inclusion of Pillar III in the NY Times 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2021.
Concordia is thrilled to present the award-winning Seven Pillars by Andy Akiho performed by Sandbox Percussion on our April 24th subscription concert. What they failed to mention in all the articles is that Andy Akiho composed Pillar IIIright here at Cradle Valley Farm after performing at our 2020 WinterFest celebration!
We are very proud of the Concordia Chamber Players family of generous and incredibly gifted performers and composers. One might say all the Grammy, Pulittzer, Avery Fisher awards are measures of success. However, it is your continued support that inspires us to create these unique and memorable opportunities to share in chamber music at its finest.