Los Angeles-born, Berlin-based composer Dustin O'Halloran will join the ever-inventive Düsseldorf pianist Hauschka for a co-headline run in March.
Over the course of a couple weeks, the two unique talents will perform at a variety of unconventional venues including the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin during SXSW, and the famed Hollywood Forever cemetery at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles.
It could be argued that O'Halloran epitomizes the new generation of classically-inspired musician/composers of recent years. Favoring heart-wrenching melodies and floating structures over atonal experimentation and avant-garde deconstruction, O'Halloran's music exists to expose the vulnerability of your heartstrings and pulls with a gentle force that many contemporary composers have long forgotten.
Just as Philip Glass played his own compositions in the attics of New York in the late 60's, O'Halloran too blurs the line between musician and composer by performing his works around the world. Whereas Glass chose this route because the usual concert venues were uninterested in his new style, O'Halloran has enjoyed great success in some of the world's most prestigious venues such as the Guggenheim in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 2008, Grammy-winning K.D. Lang was so taken by O'Halloran's sonatas, she recruited him for her world tour as her sole opening act.
While his spacious Italian surroundings may have characterized Piano Solos and its companion release, Piano Solos Volume 2 (2006), O'Halloran drew inspiration from his reticent Berlin retreat throughout his score for the 2009 indie film, "An American Affair." Carefully measured and as sparse as ever, the score enhances O'Halloran's signature piano cadences with far more expansive arrangements, historic undercurrents and the warm breath of woodwind instrumentation.
Dustin O'Halloran Co-Headline Tour With Hauschka
March 14 - New York, N.Y. @ Le Poisson Rouge
March 17 - Austin, Texas @ Central Presbyterian Church SXSW
March 21 - Portland, Ore. @ Mississippi Studios
March 24 - Seattle, Wash. @ Triple Door
March 25 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Swedish American Hall
March 26 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever