Matthew McCright has released his latest album, “What is Left Behind,” on the Proper Canary label. The new full-length release features pieces by Reinaldo Moya, Amy Williams, Linda Buckley, Stephen Andrew Taylor, and Andrea Mazzariello and showcases piano music that defines, reshapes, and narrates the composers’ experiences by way of migration, passing, and journey.
The album theme of “What is Left Behind” came together by happy accident. McCright had been performing a few of the pieces, Amy Williams’ “Falling” and “Brigid’s Flame” as well as Stephen Taylor’s “The Dove is Sad” for several years. The theme of departures in those works inspired McCright to commission a piece by Linda Buckley, which is also included on the release. “Siar,” (Gaelic for “West”) takes its inspiration from Buckley’s grandfather’s immigration from Ireland to New York City, where he worked on the construction of the Empire State Building, and then back home again. The final track on the album, Andrea Mazzariello’s “Flight School,” continues the theme of journey and adventure.
Modern-day immigration is the theme of the largest work on the album, “The Way North,” an epic 40- minute tour de force by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya. The piece tells the story of a Central American migrant who makes the perilous journey through Mexico to the United States, leaving behind everything he has known.
American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. A native of Pennsylvania, McCright now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings on innova, Centaur, and Albany Records. He is represented by Proper Canary Artist Services.