Friday, January 29, 2021

Corvallis-OSU Piano International ‘Wider Visions’ series presents epidemiological collaboration ‘Transmission’

Media contact: Rachelle McCabe, rmmccabe@oregonstate.edu, 541-760-1217

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Piano International Re-imaginings Virtual Piano Festival announces the next installment of the "Wider Visions" series  which aimes to examine larger sociocultural issues both historical and contemporary through the lens of the piano and its repertoire. 

The latest offering, “Transmission,” is a collaboration between composer and pianist Sila Shaman and infectious disease epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman, reflects on COVID-19 in words, improvisation and collected audio compositions. The title refers to both the transmission of the virus and how the communication and conversation o the science and impact of COVID-19 is transmitted through channels holding wildly different perspectives. 

“Transmission” is now viewable free of charge online at corvallispiano.org. 

Sila Shaman, who taught in the OSU music program from 2005-2011, is a Turkish-born composer and pianist whose work spans a variety of genres including music for film and television, theater, dance, jazz, concert and experimental music. Her recent work has been described as “adroit tinkering and re-shaping of improvised source material into full-fledged, highly polished works of art.” She is currently working on a companion album to “Transmission” which is slated to be released in early 2021.

Jeffery Shaman, who previously worked in the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, is professor of environmental health sciences and director of the climate and health program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He studies the survival, transmission and ecology of infectious agents, including the effects of meteorological and hydrological conditions on these processes.

About Re-imaginings: At launch, the series included the “World Pianists Series,” the “Beethoven Project,” “Live and Local” and “Catch a Rising Star.” Since the debut of the virtual festival in September, 2020 performances have been added on a biweekly basis and have featured world-renowned artists and Steinway Piano Series favorites Yulianna Avdeeva, Joyce Yang and Conrad Tao, and prominent Pacific Northwest concert pianists Rachelle McCabe, Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard. Visit corvallispiano.org to view previous installments in the series free of charge. 

About Corvallis-OSU Piano International: Corvallis-OSU Piano International furthers the appreciation and celebration of piano music and performance in our community by providing high-quality performances, outreach opportunities and educational programs. COPI presents the Steinway Piano Series, an annual concert series featuring world-class performers. Children’s concerts, master classes, lectures and a jazz series also serve as part of a mission to bring people together in a culture of piano through performance, education and advocacy.