Creative classical duo Jeremy Chan and Kristin Gornstein collaborate on EP featuring the music of Grieg, Mahler and Bolcom
New York, NY – Pianist Jeremy Chan announces the release of a new EP titled Still. Jeremy will release the EP on October 23 on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and all streaming platforms. He notes, “ As a freelance pianist whose career up til now has mostly relied on live gigs, the cancellation of the 2020-21 concert season and being under quarantine inspired me to think of new ways to continue making music. I remembered Kristin and I recorded a set of songs at Oktaven Studios in September 2019 and, after floating the idea of releasing the tracks from that session as an album to her, decided to go ahead with the project.” Recorded in a single session in September 2019, this album of romantic love songs invites listeners to sit and be ‘still’, as encapsulated in the final song, Blue, by William Bolcom:
“And now all I want to do, my heart, is sit real still with you”
Still is Kristin and Jeremy’s first studio collaboration after over five years of performing together as a duo. They met as fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2015 where they were asked to select songs for a set of William Bolcom’s cabaret songs to perform together, and have enjoyed an active performing relationship ever since. They are currently working on a second album of all-contemporary music, featuring music written specifically for each of them throughout their careers.
Though this year has brought its share of challenges, Jeremy has found a way to use his artistry in new ways. “The quarantine experience has allowed me to reflect on the themes of these songs with a renewed appreciation”, says Jeremy. “I hope this album can be a kind of musical balm for listeners given this time of uncertainty.” For more information, please visit www.jeremychanpiano.com, www.kristingornstein.com
Jeremy Chan is an Australian pianist and vocal coach based in New York City. He has been praised as “superb, summoning about as much color as can possibly be coaxed out” (New York Classical Review). Jeremy is currently a Vocal Arts Piano Fellow at Juilliard. He was an AAA Dame Joan Sutherland scholar from 2010-2012.
American mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein delights in performing repertoire ranging from the traditional to the edgy and imaginative. She was lauded for her recent portrayal of Piramo in Johan Hasse’s baroque gem Piramo e Tisbe with The Little Opera Theatre of New York, with Opera News calling her performance, “…masterful. She sang the difficult role with a truly flawless mezzo.”