New Music Video by Pianist Dynasty Battles and Composer Ted Hearne

New Music Video by Pianist Dynasty Battles and Composer Ted Hearne

Concert pianist Dynasty Battles is pleased to announce the release of Study Buddy, a 
virtuosic new etude composed for Battles by Ted Hearne (The Source, Sound from the
Bench, Place). This fun and challenging collaboration is brought to life in a new music video
(by FourTen Media) filmed at the historic Cunningham Piano Restoration Factory in the Germantown 
neighborhood of Philadelphia.

In this video, Battles’ stunning fingerwork, hand crossovers and performance presence are on 
full display as he executes the exacting and passionate new score from Hearne which slyly 
alternates between machine-like passages of precisely-aligned octave jumps and rhapsodic 
gestures that might as well have come directly from Rachmaninoff’s speed-addled alter ego.

Battles and Hearne formed a 
friendship after Dynasty was 
programmed alongside the LA
Philharmonic’s performance of 
Hearne’s Law of Mosaics, and shortly thereafter their collaborative relationship was 
born. Study Buddy was conceived 
during the early days of the 
pandemic. With both artists 
struggling for creative outlets —
Hearne in LA, Battles in Philly —
the two passed ideas and 
recordings back and forth, and 
focusing on an idea for a piece 
that would allow Battles’ rhythmic 
prowess to be wedded with his 
talent for delicate and subtle voicing. Study Buddy, therefore, is an etude which both plays 
with the mathematically-driven arrangement and re-arrangements of seven octaves of a single 
pitch (G#) and an additively-intense ode to the Romantic etude, each musical section
“battling” back and forth in succession.

Dynasty’s performance, taking place after the piece 
was finally ready to be recorded and pandemic 
restrictions were lifted, captures an undeniable 
emotional buildup the pianist experienced throughout 
lockdowns and unrest.

Cunningham Piano Company is one the oldest and 
largest piano restoration factory in existence. The 
internationally known facility represents a rebirth for 
Dynasty who was born and raised in Philadelphia, 
where he was steeped in playing jazz and hip-hop 
while simultaneously shredding his Classical music 
chops. Featured with the LA Philharmonic in 2018, in
2019 as a soloist on the Dame Myra Hess Series, and 
in 2020 with a viral video playing Chopin, Dynasty 
began his emergence as a concert pianist.

Battles is scheduled to perform a live solo concert at the Philadelphia Philosophical Society on 
December 16th. Hearne’s next work in the Philadelphia area will take place in June 2023, 
when The Crossing premieres his evening-length work Farming
Link for tickets: https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/dynasty-battles-piano/

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