Nick commissioned me for this work last year, and premiered it in San Francisco in late April of this year. It's been a pleasure working with him!
"Lucas Floyd’s Piano Thoughts, Vol 2, written last year, consists of five delicately placed piano miniatures, whose understated quality belies an assured technique and confident voice. It would be interesting to hear what he might do with more extended structures."
Press release from Orange Mountain Music (label):
"Orange Mountain Music proudly releases pianist Paul Barnes newest release New Generations. New Generations celebrates Barnes's two decade-old association and collaboration with composer Philip Glass (b.1937) and an incredible roster of younger composers including Jason Bahr, N.Lincoln Hanks, Zack Stanton, Ivan Moody, Lucas Floyd, and Jonah Gallagher. The repertoire represented on this recording includes many world premieres as well as new interpretations of the recently published piano etudes by Philip Glass. This recital also showcases the little known gem Dreaming Awake (2003) by Philip Glass.
In 2015-16, Paul Barnes celebrates twenty years of collaboration with Philip Glass. Glass composed his Second Piano Concerto for Barnes and New Generations represents the fourth album which Barnes has released on OMM including the much heralded album of piano transcriptions from Glass's operas Orphee Suite, Concerto Project Vol. 2 (which includes Piano Concerto No.2) and The American Virtuoso which focuses on the tradition of virtuoso piano music written by American composers and now New Generations."