WILLIAM CHAPMAN NYAHO
SENKUPiano Music by Composers of African Descent, Vol.1
Gamal Abdel-Rahim, Margaret Bonds, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Robert Nathaniel Dett, Gyimah Labi, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Oswald Russell, Joshua Uzoigwe
WILLIAM CHAPMAN NYAHO, piano
World Premiere Recordings
"Senku...is a kaleidoscope of brilliant piano colors... strongly rhythmic... charming...The disc is a real ear-opener."
Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"A talented young man with a rare mixture of youthful enthusiasm and mature reliability… intelligent, sensitive and possesses remarkable character."
"This altogether enthralling recital...reveals that this music deserves a regular place on concert programs... Nyaho plays each score with sensitive, bold artistry"
Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 2004
"There is much wonderful music to be discovered here, and William Chapman Nyaho plays it all with beauty of tone and consummate artistry... The sound on this CD...is superb. This disc is highly recommended."
Fanfare, May/June 2004
"played with superior expressivity, rhythmic vivacity and kaleidoscopic shading... The humanity of the music and Nyaho's gripping performances kept my ears glued to this disc"
Gramophone, March 2004
"The program is absolutely habit forming"
Atlanta Audio Society
"fluent, affectionate playing."
New York Concert Review
"A stunning performer, whose creative impulse reflects utmost sincerity and dedication to the art of the composer, Nyaho reveals artistic vision and superb technical execution."
Myrtle E. David, Executive Director, DeBose National Piano Competition - Baton Rouge, LA.
"Delicate and sensitive touch allowed us to hear another side of this multi-faceted performer."
The Dispatch, Lexington, North Carolina
"effortless technique, splendid rhythmic grasp and fullness of tone allowed his performance to reach great heights."
The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California
"..plays with a great deal of clarity but avoids an overly clinical, sterile approach. Intricate melodic details were clearly delineated, but the pianist never lost sight of the composer’s larger vision...."
The Advocate, Louisiana
"The love is obvious in the attention Mr. Nyaho gives to interpretation - extreme sensitivity to subtleties - and performance - exciting and flawless technique... a thoroughly satisfying and moving musical experience."
The Thomasville Times, North Carolina
PROGRAM NOTESOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS SHEET MUSIC EDITION
3 Jamaican Dances
Variations on an Egyptian Folksong
Robert Nathaniel Dett
"In the Bottoms" Suite