Robert Helps - A Mixture of Time (Jay Sorce, guitar; Andrea Lodge, piano)



Combining fresh sounds with traditional repertoire, the Sorce/Lodge Duo brings a new energy to concert music for piano and classical guitar. As a duo, they explore and highlight the colors and textures that may be created from the various combinations of their instrumental sounds. Along with performing exceptional existing works written for the duo, they have augmented the repertoire by collaborating on and commissioning new works by composers such as Marga Richter, Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Keri Besharse, and Steven Swartz. They have been performing together since 2008.

Andrea Lodge has been hailed as a “Must-See”, and her performances have been noted as “Jarring and Compelling”. A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, she was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Canadian National Competition. Andrea lives in New York City where she performss regularly as piano soloist, with her husband, Jay Sorce as the Sorce/Lodge Duo, and with Hypercube, a cutting-edge new music quartet of saxophone, percussion, guitar and piano/accordion. Their debut album, “Brain on Fire” was released on May 1 on New Focus Recordings. Andrea is also an integral part of Nief-Norf, a contemporary music organization and summer festival focused on bringing together new ideas in performance, composition and research. As an educator, Andrea teaches at Adelphi University, Five Towns College, and at the Greenwich House Music School. She holds a DMA from Stony Brook University.

A classical and electric guitarist noted for his unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique, Jay Sorce has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Germany as soloist and chamber musician. Jay is a founding member of Hypercube and the Sorce/Lodge Duo and a member of Nief-Norf. Jay is a strong advocate for new music and has premiered and commissioned new works by Eric Wubbles, Nicholas Deyoe, Christopher Adler, Christopher Cerrone, David Lang, and Juan Trigos among many others.  Jay is a faculty member at Adelphi University.


Robert Helps (1928-2001) tribute by Milton Babbitt: "Robert Helps is not only the pianist's pianist, and the composer's composer, he is also the pianist's composer and the composer's pianist, for, since his teen-age performance of music that was deemed unperformable, he has played incomparably: compositions which other pianists could not or would not perform. The singular pianistic mastery which he brought to these performances moulds his own writing for piano, from which pianists have discovered resources of nuance, rhythmic subtlety, dynamic control, and sound which endow their own playing with a new sensitivity and sensibility. His chamber and orchestral compositions are not pianistic transcriptions, but the fresh realization of the same awareness in these non-pianistic media. He long has been a legend in his own time and he deserves it." ---Milton Babbitt (1996)


A Mixture of Time - Robert Helps
Recorded at home in Queens, NY, May 2020
Jay Sorce, guitar
Andrea Lodge, piano
Mastered by the Sorce/Lodge Duo.
Property of Shelter Recording Project, American Composers Alliance