F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
“Mr. Knable is a creator of accessible, attractive, well-crafted works [that] explore rapid, rhythmic textures with exciting interchange among the parts.”
-Frank Daykin, NY Concert Review, June 2022
“What impresses me the most is Knable's keen discretion in striking a balance between two often elusive goals, creating communication that is direct without writing down to the audience.”
-Todd Gorman, American Record Guide, July/August 2020
"Knable clearly understands the bassoon’s vast possibilities beyond its traditional instrumental setting. His compositional expertise grounds his explorative instrumental creations and answers his own question 'Why does this work have to exist?' Because it is great!"
-Tiina Kiik, The WholeNote, May/June 2020
“The genius of [36 Views of Mount Fuji] is the singularity of subject. Each of the 36 short movements are strung together by a common harmonic language and by the shared trait of Fuji. This shared subject allows for a sense of immense scale and provides a unique perspective from every movement. Natsuki Fukasawa navigated these changing moods and perspectives with ease and commitment. She would enjoy a spritely, whimsical character one moment, only to jolt us back to life with a tempestuous flurry of notes.”
-Colin Roshak, Anchorage Press, November 2019
"This [nice jazzy vibe] continues with 'Glassworks' by pianist/composer Sunny Knable. The exact title reference to Philip Glass is very intentional; this work having been written for a different trio in Glass’s seventy-fifth birthday year. Each of the five one-minute movements reflects a different “state of glass” but, save some minimalist noodlings, sounds not at all like Phil Glass. This is another very light and entertaining work."
-Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition, February 2016
“The Magic Fish [is composed] in a witty style with lovely melodic music by composer Sunny Knable…[whose] music is romantic and lilting.”
-Victor Gluck, TheaterScene.net, October 2015
"Mr. Knable... displayed a fine ear for instrumental sonority and a wealth of thematic invention. With all of his gifts as a composer and performer, his progress will be worth watching."
-Angel Sutton, feastofmusic.com, January 2012
"Lately, the group Citywater has been keen on embracing the work of Sacramentan and New York-based composer Sunny Knable. And it was with the premiere of his "Music of the Rails" that this bright sextet offered up its greatest charms on Sunday... it was an impressive work whose music offered up sparks of color and inventiveness."
-Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee, November 2010
2 0 2 2 E V E N T S
N O V
Bassoonist Scott Pool and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa
world-premiere performance of Knable's Reflection of a Life (2021)
Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, Texas
O C T
Musica Reginae Productions presents the World Premiere of
Cow Goes to the Opera (2017 ), on a children's book by Amber Spradlin,
with Michael MacKenzie Wills, Director/Librettist
Community House, Forest Hills, NY
S E PT
Parhelion Trio performs an evening
of new works, including
Knable's Tenacity (2022)
Tenri Institute, NYC
A U G
Flautist Ginevra Petrucci performs works written for Flute d'Amore
including Knable's La capsule temporelle (2020), Rome, Italy
M A Y
"Song of the Redwood-Tree :
The Music of Sunny Knable"
RESCHEDULED from March 31, 2020: Album-release concert of
"Song of the Redwood-Tree"
on MSR Classics
featuring "Red Mendelssohn" violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and frequent collaborator Barbara Podgurski;
Texas-based bassoonist Scott Pool, pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, and
New York based chamber groups Parhelion Trio and Trio Cabrini.
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC
N E W S
Knable's saxophone quartet, Cobalt Blue(s) (2019), was recorded and released by Cobalt Saxophone Quartet. Pick up a copy here.
Knable's third composition album, "Keys",
featuring harpsichordist Faythe Vollrath, marimbist Matthew Lau, and Sunny Knable on piano, was released on Trouvère Records in 2022. See below for samples!