The NOVA Chamber Music Series ends its season on Sunday, April 21, with familiar pieces by Maurice Ravel alongside unusual works by contemporary composer Curtis Curtis-Smith.
The Curtis-Smith works, "5 Sonorous Inventions for Violin and Piano" and "Unisonics for Alto Saxophone and Piano," require Jason Hardink to play on the piano's strings, rather than the keys, using bows the pianist constructed out of fishing line and duct tape.
"The logistics are nightmarish," Hardink, who is also NOVA's artistic director, acknowledged. The payoff is music he described as "very, very atmospheric and colorful. It's all about sound and timbre. … It's some of the greatest music I know by an American composer. The sound world [Curtis-Smith] is able to create, I can't even describe people are going to be kind of speechless."