Philippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage and integrates various art forms into a concert experience.
From Godowsky's Java Suite for solo piano, to Lou Harrison's chamber music combined with the Ramayana epic in dance against a video backdrop, to composing art songs inspired by female poets, Charisse's programs are virtuosic, unique, and engaging.
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Gamelan on Piano
"Rarely has the piano’s staggering range of sonic texture been so aptly explored as pianist Charisse Baldoria does on this most unique project." (Morning Call)
"Impressive, sensitive performances…" (Fanfare)
Inspired by the gong-chime music of Indonesia and the Philippines, this album features works for solo piano and chamber music by composers from Europe, North America, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Includes the music of Debussy, Godowsky, Lou Harrison, Colin McPhee, Gareth Farr, and the world premiere recording of Philippine National Artist Ramon P. Santos' Gong-An suite (world premiere).
"…Her playing of standard works is equal to that of the artists who have preceded her…" (Fanfare)
"Like Yuja Wang, Baldoria is petite but possessed of a strong, confident technique…" (Fanfare)
Evocación is a summoning of passion, memory, and the imagination. From Falla's flamenco fantasy to Piazzolla's intoxicating tangos, from Albéniz' virtuoso portraits of Spain to Scarlatti and Buencamino's Spanish and Argentine transformations, this album of dance and song seeks to evoke time and place, memory and experience--both real and imagined.
Charisse's wanderlust, passion for culture, love of nature, and penchant for freezing moments into still images led to cultivating a photography hobby over the decades. Learning from a fully manual Canon F-1 SLR, she worked with slide, color, and black-and-white film before turning digital. The following are samples of her digital endeavors. Please check back for more.
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