assistant - Mon, Sep 28, 2009, 11:07 A
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Judith Gordon and Ayano Kataoka in Concert
For Immediate Release: October, 2009

What: Faculty Recital: Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Cello; Judith Gordon, Piano, and Ayano Kataoka, Percussion, at Smith College
When: Saturday, October 3, 8 p.m.;
Where: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton; Mass;
Tickets: Admission is free.
Ticket Information: 413.585.ARTS (413.585.2787),
Publicity Manager: Joan P. Maxson, 413.585.3222,

Northampton: Smith College music faculty members Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello and Judith Gordon, piano, and guest artist and UMass faculty member Ayano Kataoka, percussion, perform music by Cage, Saariaho, Schnittke, Golijov, and Harrison. The concert is free and open to the public.

Ayano Kataoka, a percussionist and marimbist, is a versatile performer who regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. Last season, together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. Recent highlights include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, performances of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and a performance for the Sonidos Latinos concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival with Paquito D'Rivera. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Music, her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 2008.

Pianist Judith Gordon joined the Smith College music faculty in 2006. She gave her New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s‘Introductions’ series, and was selected as Boston Globe 1997 ‘Musician of the Year.’ With the Boston Pops she has performed Mozart, Saint-Saens and Ravel concertos and with groups from Boston Modern Orchestra Project to Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra she’s explored repertory from Bach and Hindemith to Boulez and Rachmaninoff. In addition to her Smith colleagues Judith works with artists and groups including vocalists Lisa Saffer, Mary Nessinger, Krista River, William Hite and James Maddalena; cellists Andres Diaz and Rhonda Rider; violists Marcus Thompson and Roger Tapping; violinists Rose Mary Harbison; Imani Winds; Borromeo, Daedalus, Lydian and St. Lawrence string quartets; Lighthouse Chamber Players, Collage New Music, and Santa Fe New Music. The composers with whom she has often collaborated include Martin Brody, Peter Child, John Harbison, Lee Hyla and Peter Lieberson. In 2008 she premiered and recorded Donald Wheelock’s Piano Variations. Ms. Gordon performs and teaches at festivals including Charlottesville (VA), Rockport (MA), and Music from Salem (NY) where she is an artistic co-director. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at Smith College.

Kivie Cahn-Lipman who holds degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard, and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has performed to critical acclaim solo or chamber recitals in Weill, Alice Tully, and Merkin Halls, Symphony Space, the Miller Theater, and on 96.3 WQXR’s “Young Artist’s Showcase” in New York and 98.7 WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” in Chicago. He is the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music” and by the New Yorker as “brilliant” and “a powerhouse of new-music programming.” With them he has recorded for Naxos, Bridge, New Focus, and Canteloupe. He is a Lecturer in Music at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges.

Photo of Percussionist and Marimbist Ayano Kataoka

Joan P. Maxson
Publicity Manager/Performing Arts
Smith College
(413) 585-3222
Sep 18, 2021