within comes the voice of the heart (telling the truth,
and tears), this is the idee fixe.
happy is the passing tone that is freed from silence and
united with the existence of organic sound.
Nonharmonic tones are lonely prisoners (if they) are not
seeking to ornament their Neighbor tones.
Shank is the orchestral pianist with the Springfield Symphony
Orchestra (Massachussettes), and is Professor of Music in Piano
and Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the University
of Massachussettes Amherst.
Nadine Shank made her concert debut at age 15 with the
World Youth Symphony Orchestra of Interlochen, as winner
of their prestigious concerto competition. She
was an award winner in MTNA, Manson and Hamlin, and
National Federation of Music Clubs competitions.
Ms. Shank earned degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory,
receiving the Rudolph Serkin Piano Award and the Pi
Kappa Lambda Piano Prize, and at the Indiana University,
appearing as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra
as winner of their concerto competition. Her teachers
have included Menahem Pressler, Sanford Margolis and
Nadine Shank has perfomed at such prestigious venues as the
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Jordan Hall and the
Tsang Performance Center, Boston; Weill Recital Hall, Merkin
Hall and 92nd Street Y in New York City; the Cleveland Orchestra's
Blossom Chamber Festival, and the Modadnock Festval, New Hampshire.
She has appeared in festivals in Germany, England, Holland
and the Virgin Islands. In a duo with violinist Charles Treger
for over 10 years, she has performed extensively and has toured
in the United States and Poland, most recently playing the
cycle of Sonatas for Violin and Piano of Beethoven.
Ms. Shank's performances have been recorded on the CRI, Gasparo,
New World and Spectrum labels. for Centaur she recorded
"American-Jewish Art Songs" with soprano Paulina
Stark and on the Open Loop label, Ms. Shank and saxophonist
Lynn Klock recorded three CD's. She has recorded numerous
"Play-Along" CD's of saxophone and clarinet literature
for Open Loop.
She may also be heard
with Wayne Tice on the YAL CD entitled: "Wayne Tice Plays
the Music of Yusef Lateef."
physicists have recently speculated upon the existence of
11 dimensions. In the higher dimensions the laws of physics
become more simple and inclusive. In depth study of music
reveals that here, too, higher dimensions exist. The
humanistic endeaver transcends stylish directives. Vibration
is color as well as motion. Language is poetry as well as
rhythm. Intervals become as leaves waving in the wind.
Yusef Lateef, in my view, is a composer and creaive human
being whose art travels in these higher dimensions, transcendant
of medium or style. His telescope of intuition ranges
far deep into space, toward new galaxies of thought and
musical processes. Freedom, intuition serves the moment
of creation. Love and compassion motivates the sharing of
the hands of Brother Yusef, thought, as an impulse serving
the heart, becomes a creative gesture. The manifestation
can be breath into a flute or breath on an ink droplet.
His wellspring of intention may bring forth a novel or a
symphony; a saxophonic journey (past to future/ground to
sky) or a painting, a poem or a piano concerto. Always
the story is deep, more than 8 decades of life experience
coming through clear and beautiful. Look and listen;
imagination, knowledge and heartfelt expression are the
guiding principles of real freedom. Brother Yusef's
cultivated intuition leads him (and any of us who chose
so) into realms of imaginative flight and expression beyond
what we think ourselves to be. So be it. Give thanks.