Musical America Names Liza Stepanova New Artist of the Month
Pianist Liza Stepanova was recently named Musical America's November Artist of the Month, after the release of her latest album E Pluribus Unum, which showcases nine renowned American composers with immigrant backgrounds, including Lera Auerbach, Anna Clyne, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kamran Ince, Reinaldo Moya, Pablo Ortiz, as well as world premiere recordings of music by Chaya Czernowin, Badie Khaleghian, and Eun Young Lee. The impetus for the album came from seeing the effects of the Trump administration's visa and travel bans on Stepanova's students and colleagues. Thomas May of Musical America calls Stepanova "...a pianist [who] goes beyond interpreting a legacy of glorious repertoire from the past for the present: her sensors are continually alert to the ways in which freshly created music can help us make sense of the situations faced by people in the world today."
Stepanova collaborated with Syrian-American visual artist Kevork Mourad to create a music video for one of the works on the album - Reinaldo Moya's Rain Outside of the Church. I Care if You Listen premiered the video on August 11th.
While some of the works address the urgency of historical, cultural, and political calls for justice – above all, the music on this album reflects the composers’ roots, celebrates their immense contributions to American musical life, and a confluence of voices, narratives, and ideals.
For more information on E Pluribus Unum, visit http://www.liza-stepanova.com/e-pluribus-unum.