Variations 16, 17, 18. Bach was a consummate craftsmen -- he knew not just how to write music, but how to build it. In this Interview, we speak with pianist Jeffrey LaDeur and his student, Ken Kocienda. Kocienda was lead software engineer behind the Apple iPhone and developed a strong affinity for the Goldbergs. Kocienda and Ladeur discuss parallels between music and design, and how constraints can actually enhance creativity.
Interviews recorded in San Jose, California on January 2, 2018 and in San Francisco, California on July 2, 2019.
Photo credits: Jiyang Chen (LaDeur)
Recorded by Lowry Yankwich
Bach: "Goldberg" Variations 16, 17, and 18, Jeffrey Ladeur performing, San Francisco, CA, July 2, 2019
Musical recordings, used with permission:
Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, "Crucifixus," Netherlands Bach Society performing, Grote Kerk, Naarden, Netherlands, December 15, 2016. Recorded for "All of Bach."
João Luiz: "7 Meetings," João Luiz and Bridget Kibbey performing, premiered August 20, 2020.