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Gregg Kallor

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Gregg Kallor, an extraordinary pianist and recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition, presents a masterclass.

A pianist and composer who deftly balances modern-classical and jazz-inspired impulses in his handsomely constructed, approachable and engaging works.

Time Out New York

Photo courtesy of Gregg Kallor

In 2007, Gregg Kallor made his New York concert debut in Carnegie Hall—a performance that featured the world premiere of acclaimed song-cycles "Exhilaration" and "Yeats Songs", sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, and a rich program of solo works that showcased his versatility and fresh approach to the piano recital. Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert in 2011 featured "A Single Noon", a musical tableau of New York life told through a combination of composed music and improvisation, and also included music by Béla Bartók, Chick Corea, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Henry Mancini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, and Louise Talma. A recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition, Kallor composed a concerto for piano and orchestra during his time at the home of the late eminent American composer, integrating improvisation into the second movement.

His first album, There's a Rhythm, features his jazz trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott. The Hartford Courant praised Kallor’s ability to “carry a poetic mood right to the edge of sorrow, always sounding lyrical and moving." His second album, Exhilaration, features song-settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti, and Herschel Garfein, sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala. Opera News wrote: "Kallor knows how to make these words sing, and Zabala gives perfect flight to them." Kallor has also recently written several new chamber music pieces, further developing the combination of composition and improvisation in his music.


PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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