Since March 20, 2020, Inna has been presenting short informal concerts from her home, dubbed “Corona Fridays.” Here are the 12 installments, thus far, of the video series – written about beautifully in this article on the Ampersand blog. Each episode features music that is newer, older – and words, of some kind – whether poetry that stands on its own, or is part of the piece, as in the case of Veronika Krausas’s “Master and Margarita” Suite.
by Polina Cherezova
“Musicians find a way to connect to the given unprecedented moment,” Faliks said. “We all feel that what we are doing is needed, important, wanted in this dramatic and desperate time.”
This episode of my weekly Spring 2020 concerts from my home features many of the poets I have worked with over the years.
This one features a reading of work the founding poet of Music/Words – Jesse Ball.
Program is Beethoven Fantasie op 77, Corigliano Fantasia on an Ostinato and Paganini-Liszt La Campanella.
by Inna Faliks
“We now live in a realm of buzzwords, hashtags, slogans that can seduce us with the neatness of tidily packaged concepts in our desire for change. But “equality,” “revolution” and “proletariat” are rendered meaningless in environments where they are overused. We’ve entered an age of Newspeak – though, unlike in “1984,” this is not part of government indoctrination but our own doing.”
Inna Faliks live streams piano performances from her home every Friday, PST on FB live and IG live, for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak. Each livestream includes poetry to echo her Music/Words series, as well as new music, standard repertoire and conversation. Previous installments can be found here.
by David Wright
“Pianist Faliks worked expertly at the keys, the pedals, and inside the instrument to produce the volatile mix of roars, pings, and misty resonances in this world premiere of Johnson’s score.”
by Harry Rolnick
“That wondrous virtuoso pianist Inna Faliks has commissioned music to be written for the Ukrainian-Russian cult novel–symbolic, funny, sarcastic, allegorical and damned frustrating–The Master and Margarita, some of which was played here.”
Inna recently made a stop in LACMA at Sundays Live, broadcasted live on April 21, 2019 at the Leo S. Bing Theater.
“It is my 15th and last performance at Bing – before they close for rebuilding. This hall is going to be torn down, and a new one built – a smaller one.”
Click here to listen to Inna’s broadcast performance of Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Opus 126, and Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Opus 13.
Inna’s new op-ed with the Washington Post highlights her recent concert tour and visiting professorship in China:
“But as I looked at the line of young pianists, I thought that I stood face-to-face not with the past, but with the future of classical music.
I found the passion, drive and work ethic of Chinese music students staggering. And the dedication from the audiences was evident, as every seat — regardless of the city — was always taken. Reverence for Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Schumann seems to have no connection to any economic or political agenda.”
Read the full article here.
Close Encounters With Music’s new article features a Q & A with Inna, highlighting her March 23rd performance at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.