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Disassembled: Lives taken Apart and examined through new music for Piano, Cello, Flute and Voices


Categories: Music

Dates: October 2, 2022

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: St. Mary's Episcopal Church


Disassembled: Lives taken Apart and examined through new music for Piano, Cello, Flute and Voices is a concert presented by Philadelphia-based artists Cathy Mazza and Mike Leibowitz. New and old music will explore the themes of detachment and loss, and navigating through the onset and duration of the Covid pandemic. New compositions by Leibowitz and Mazza juxtaposed with Brahms; scored for piano, cello, flute and women’s voices.

Cathy Mazza

Cathy Mazza is both a classical pianist and a rock and pop keyboard player, as well as a singer, songwriter, composer and conductor. Cathy has performed at the Kimmel Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Longwood Gardens, West Chester University, Settlement Music School; and also at World Cafe Live, Please Touch Museum, The Sedgwick Cultural Center, The Tin Angel, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon, and many more venues in the Philadelphia area. She has also performed in New Jersey, New York City, Baltimore, and Eastern Europe. Cathy is the accompanist for the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir of Settlement Music School. At West Chester University, Cathy studied with Benjamin Whitten while earning her Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Performance. She also holds a Master of Music from the University of the Arts. Cathy has been a member of a number of rock bands, including The Kwerks, whose eponymous first CD contains two of her own songs. Cathy has composed choral pieces and children’s songs, including “Rising,” “Peace is the Way,” and “Thank You for Giving.” Cathy’s keyboard skills have been described as “awe-inspiring” and “playing with such ease, precision and emotion.” Kwerks album reviewers said “they keep the listener immersed in their musical soup” which contains “fetching hooks and swirling vocal harmonies” and “very original songwriting.and excellent arrangements.” Cathy’s piece for piano, flute, cello and women’s voices, “Apart (2020),” was composed between April and June of that year, and represents the emotions and struggles of the COVID pandemic. The video she created in a remote collaboration includes an accompanying text, and interpretive dance by Emily Kline and Melissa Faller of Emme Dance Collective, Lancaster, PA. It was premiered at a virtual concert given by The Philadelphia Women&r


Composer: Michael Leibowitz,

Composer and piano: Cathy Mazza, 

Cello: Tim Leonard,

Flute: Tim Stopper





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