Cornish Presents

2014 – 2015 Season

Cornish Presents offers a season of new music and new ideas, now at two venues including the new Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. Rising star violinist Tai Murray, saxophonists Greg Osby, Dave Liebman, and Miguel Zenon, piano virtuosi Reinier van Houdt and Jonathan Powell, and more. Tickets on sale now!

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Barry Altschul 3Dom Factor

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Ticket prices for this event are $18 general, $16 seniors,

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Legendary free-jazz drummer Barry Altschul performs original compositions under The 3Dom Factor, which includes Hayes Greenfield (alto sax) and Joe Fonda (bass).

Even if he had retired from music 40 years ago, he would have gone down in jazz history.

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Photo by Dmitry Mandel Courtesy of TUM Records

Barry Altschul was a largely self-taught drummer until 1960, when he began study with Charlie Persip. From 1964 until 1970, Altschul played regularly with pianist Paul Bley; their relationship continued intermittently through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1969, he studied with Sam Ulano. Altschul was a member of the Jazz Composer's Guild and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association from 1964 to 1968. He spent a portion of the 1960s playing mainstream jazz in Europe. In the early 1970s, Altschul was the drummer for Circle—a band (with a membership that also included Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton) that might possibly have been the most technically adept free jazz ensemble ever. Altschul's drumming with that band was stylistically all-encompassing thanks to his background in traditional jazz styles, which gave him a solid grounding to build his free playing. During this time, he recorded with the individual members of Circle. In 1972, under Holland's leadership, Altschul recorded the classic album Conference of the Birds with Braxton and saxophonist Sam Rivers. Around this time, he also made records with Bley, bassist Alan Silva and pianist Andrew Hill, among others. In the 1980s, Altschul made records of his own for Soul Note and continued his sideman work with such musicians as the Russian-born pianist Simon Nabotov and Kenny Drew, Sr. Altschul has played or recorded with many musicians, including Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman, Andrew Hill, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes and Lee Konitz.

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Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$18 general
$16 seniors
$9 students (with ID)

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Contemporary Piano II - Jonathan Powell

The phenomenal British pianist Jonathan Powell performs works by Sorabji, Medtner Scriabin and Szymanowski.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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PROGRAM
Medtner - Sonata op.30
Scriabin - Sonata no.9, op.68
Sorabji - Piano Sonata No. 1 (1919)
Sorabji - Le Jardin Parfumé (1923)
Szymanowski - Piano Sonata No. 2, Opus 21 (1910)

Jonathan Powell is a pianist and self-taught composer. After studies with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky, he established an international career as a soloist, his programs ranging from standard Classical and Romantic repertoire to contemporary and little-known 20th-century works. He has performed widely in Europe, as well as in Russia and the United States; since 2010 he has toured in Slovakia, the Czech Republic (including a residency at the Janacek Academy in Brno), Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, performing repertoire ranging from John Field and Chopin to contemporary music. In the United Kingdom, his concerts have taken him to venues ranging from the Royal Festival Hall to university departments and local town halls. As well as giving U.K. premieres of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. He has recorded several for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges, among others. Powell has worked with many of today’s most prominent composers such as Ambrosini, Finnissy and Staud. His articles on many aspects of Russian music appear in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and others have been published by International Piano and the Finnish musicological journal Musiikki-lehti. He recently contributed to a book on the pianist-composer Samuil Feinberg, and co-edited the publication Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage.
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Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$17 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish alumni (with ID)

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Master class: Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group

Saxophonist, flautist, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman presents a master class with his quintet.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Photo by Sune Andersson

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years, performing on over 500 recordings (with nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader) featuring several hundred original compositions. He has recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz, and has played with many of the masters, including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others. DownBeat Magazine places Liebman “among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music … a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." He is an author of books and instructional DVDs, which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field. Liebman is a DownBeat/Jazz Times Critics Poll winner (soprano sax), and has further earned a NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, multiple Grammy nominations, an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and title of “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” from France. He founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in 1989 and currently serves as Artistic Director. The New York Times notes that “while others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles … he’s a fighter.”
www.daveliebman.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group

Soprano saxophonist, flautist, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman performs with the lineup of his new release Samsara: longtime collaborator, bassist Tony Marino and three emerging trailblazers: pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, and drummer Alex Ritz.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles … he’s a fighter.

Ben Ratliff - The New York Times

Photo by Bud Nealy

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years, performing on over 500 recordings (with nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader) featuring several hundred original compositions. He has recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz, and has played with many of the masters, including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others. DownBeat Magazine places Liebman “among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music … a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." He is an author of books and instructional DVDs, which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field. Liebman is a DownBeat/Jazz Times Critics Poll winner (soprano sax), and has further earned a NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, multiple Grammy nominations, an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and title of “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” from France. He founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in 1989 and currently serves as Artistic Director.
www.daveliebman.com

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$24 general
$22 seniors
$12 students (with ID)

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Master class: Jonathan Powell

British pianist Jonathan Powell presents a master class.

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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Jonathan Powell is a pianist and self-taught composer. After studies with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky, he established an international career as a soloist, his programs ranging from standard Classical and Romantic repertoire to contemporary and little-known 20th-century works. He has performed widely in Europe, as well as in Russia and the United States; since 2010 he has toured in Slovakia, the Czech Republic (including a residency at the Janacek Academy in Brno), Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, performing repertoire ranging from John Field and Chopin to contemporary music. In the United Kingdom, his concerts have taken him to venues ranging from the Royal Festival Hall to university departments and local town halls. As well as giving U.K. premieres of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. He has recorded several for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges, among others. Powell has worked with many of today’s most prominent composers such as Ambrosini, Finnissy and Staud. His articles on many aspects of Russian music appear in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and others have been published by International Piano and the Finnish musicological journal Musiikki-lehti. He recently contributed to a book on the pianist-composer Samuil Feinberg, and co-edited the publication Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Virtuoso Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt celebrates the last 50 years of contemporary piano repertoire in a concert featuring seldom-performed works by Sorabji, Ferrari, Curran, Pisaro and van Rossum.

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PROGRAM
Kaikhosru Sorabji - Quasi Notturno, Var. No. 8 from Part 2, Symphony No. 4 (1964)
PJ van Rossum - Acht
Michael Pisaro - Les Jours, Mon Aubépine (2012)
Luc Ferrari - 36 Enfilades (1986)
Alvin Curran - Endangered Species (1997)

Reinier van Houdt studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise and environment—points where interpretation touches improvisation. Van Houdt acquired himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests: collaborations with composers and musicians, research in archives, the “composing” and “staging” of musical performances or unorthodox studies of the classics. He has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro and Walter Marchetti; he has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Van Houdt plays in Current 93, having recently released an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE. He has performed in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory New York, San Ildefonso Mexico City, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, DOM in Moscow, Setagaya Gallery Tokyo, Paradiso Amsterdam, Apollohuis Eindhoven, the New Library in Alexandria Egypt, REDCAT in Los Angeles, Mills College Oakland, Music Gallery Toronto, Volksbühne in Berlin and Kunstraum Düsseldorf.
www.reiniervanhoudt.nl

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Monday, September 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Innovative Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt presents a master class featuring Cornish piano students.

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Reinier van Houdt studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise and environment—points where interpretation touches improvisation. Van Houdt acquired himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests: collaborations with composers and musicians, research in archives, the “composing” and “staging” of musical performances or unorthodox studies of the classics. He has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro and Walter Marchetti; he has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Van Houdt plays in Current 93, having recently released an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE. He has performed in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory New York, San Ildefonso Mexico City, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, DOM in Moscow, Setagaya Gallery Tokyo, Paradiso Amsterdam, Apollohuis Eindhoven, the New Library in Alexandria Egypt, REDCAT in Los Angeles, Mills College Oakland, Music Gallery Toronto, Volksbühne in Berlin and Kunstraum Düsseldorf. www.reiniervanhoudt.nl

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Veteran jazz guitarist Mordy Ferber presents a master class with Cornish jazz guitarists.

...Mordy Ferber, is a powerful contemporary guitarist with an attitude, energy, and a pluck all his own.

Jazz Times

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Born in 1958 in northern Israel, Mordy Ferber began his musical journey as a singer at the age of 10. He formed a trio and performed at school events and small concerts in his hometown. At age 12, he took formal guitar lessons for almost a year, learning classical music. At 18, Ferber joined the army, a three-year obligation of every Israeli citizen. After combat training, he toured the country as part of the military's entertainment unit, giving concerts to other soldiers in remote areas both inside and out of the country. After the army, Ferber quickly became one of Israel's top musicians, performing on numerous records—with singers like Arik Ainstain, Shlomo Artzi, Shem Tov Levi, Shlomo Gronich, Miki Gavrielov and Norit Galron—and appearing regularly on radio and television shows. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and immigrated to the United States. He graduated in 1987 with full honors and received the prestigious Jim Hall Award for outstanding musicianship. Ferber moved to New York City in 1990, the same year his debut recording as a solo artist, All the Way to Sendai, introduced American audiences to his highly original playing and compositions. Scott Yanow comments, "There is always a buzz in the jazz community when talent of this caliber ‘suddenly’ emerges so completely formed. The thoughtful style, the range of expression and the superb execution by all members of the group point to Ferber's being a solid influence in today's and tomorrow's jazz scene."
www.mordyferber.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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Jazz pianist and composer Amina Figarova presents a master class offering insights into her singular style.

Photo by Andrea Carter

Composer and pianist Amina Figarova, who was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, leads the Amina Figarova Sextet along with her husband and musical partner, flutist Bart Platteau, who is from Belgium. They've toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, Figarova and Platteau have lived in Rotterdam, which they found to be a comfortable, if not overly challenging, launching pad for their careers. Having collaborated with musicians residing in both the United States and Europe, and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues, the sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. In 2010, they made the daring move to Forest Hills, Queens, and having arrived, they couldn't be happier. Figarova’s most recent album, Twelve, celebrates jazz as an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. Her themes and backing arrangements for the complementary yet highly personalized extrapolations of Platteau and also tenor/soprano saxophonist Marc Mommaas, trumpeter Ernie Hammes, bassist Jeroen Vierdag and drummer Chris "Buckshot" Strik depict subtleties of her response to the great American metropolis. Twelve is suffused with the heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions that voluntary émigrés enjoy, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.
www.aminafigarova.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Master shamisen player Hirokazu Fujii performs jiuta, considered one of the most distinctive styles of music in the pleasure quarters of Kyoto and Osaka, the world described in the novel, "Memoirs of a Geisha."

Photo courtesy of Japan Arts Connection Lab

Hirokazu Fujii is a third-generation head of Ginmeikai School—a position he inherited from his mother, Kunie Fujii, who was selected as one of the Living National Treasures of Japan. The school was founded by his grandmother, Keiko Abe. As a young boy, Hirokazu played the 13-stringed koto under his mother’s supervision and was later given instruction on the 3-stringed sangen from his grandmother. Passionate about sharing the beauty of jiuta (a style of Japanese traditional music), he teaches across eight cities, performs regularly on TV and radio, and has toured the United States, Canada and Europe. Hirokazu has a master’s degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts and serves as Chairman of Ginmekai School, Councilor of Japan Sankyoku Association and Assistant Director of the Ikuta School. He has received many prestigious awards—most recently the Minister of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award in 2014.

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Japan Arts Connection Lab

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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Composer and pianist Sumi Tonooka presents a master class.

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During a career spanning more than 30 years, Sumi Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (JazzTimes), “provocative and compelling” (The New York Times) and “continually inventive, original, surprising and a total delight” (Cuadernos de Jazz). Recording often in trio or quartet with such noted jazz stalwarts as bassist Rufus Reid and drummers Akira Tana and Lewis Nash, Tonooka characteristically blends her own compositions with highly personal readings of jazz standards. Her 2009 recording, Initiation (ARC Records, with tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay), garnered an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Village Voice Jazz Critic’s Poll. In 2013, the American Composers Orchestra and The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, in cooperation with EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discover Network, presented Tonooka's first work for symphony orchestra as part of the second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings. In addition to her symphonic and chamber works, jazz recordings and performances, Tonooka has composed over a dozen film scores. Her career has been chronicled in several highly regarded jazz books, including Living the Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse. Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label. She now divides her time between her responsibilities as the Chief Public Relations Officer for ARC, composing and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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The superb, rising star young violinist Tai Murray and pianist Ángel Sanzo perform works by Schubert, Pärt, Debussy and Corigliano.

Photo by Julia Wesely

PROGRAM
Schubert - Rondo D. 895
Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel
Pärt - Fratres
Debussy - Sonate
Corigliano - Sonata

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray is establishing herself a musical voice of a generation. Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence; her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato remind us of her musical background and influences—principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008–2010). She has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and Shanghai’s Concert Hall, performing with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Now a resident of Berlin and New York, Murray’s appearances include Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal at the Philharmonie, projects with the Philharmonic Staatsorchester of Mainz and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and tours with the Brandenburger Symphoniker and Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. As a chamber musician, she has joined tours with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004–2006). Festival appearances include Ireland’s West Cork Festival and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the United States. Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th century was released in 2013 by the label eaSonus, and her third disc with the Bernstein Serenade was released in 2014.
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Ángel Sanzo is an internationally renowned Spanish pianist, who has become a regular name at concert halls and festivals around Europe and in prestigious concert halls including Madrid’s Teatro Monumental, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Granada’s Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Flagey studios in Brussels, and the Palacio de la Bolsa in Porto. Sanzo has also played as a soloist with many orchestras, under the direction of Adrian Leaper, Enrique García Asensio, Max Bragado, Xavier Puig, Michael Thomas, Domenico Longo and Miquel Ortega. Sanzo completed his piano studies at the Conservatorio Superior in Málaga under José Felipe Díaz, for which he was awarded the End of Degree Prize of Honour. He went on to work with celebrated masters such as Joaquín Soriano, Javier Herreros, Peter Bithell, Ferenc Rados and Alicia de Larrocha. He has won numerous awards and recognition, including 1st prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo International Competition, the Frechilla-Zuloaga Piano Competition, the Taranto European Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Moroccan Princess Lalla Meryem International Competition, 2nd prize in Valencia’s José Iturbi Piano Competition, and a unanimous medal at Barcelona’s María Canals International Piano Competition. He began his career in 1995, after his debut of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concert with Málaga’s Symphony Orchestra was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. Sanzo’s expressiveness and technical precision give him a unique musical character that enables him to pay tribute to all piano music, as can be seen from his numerous acknowledgements for interpretations of Spanish music and Frederic Chopin’s work. His comprehensive repertoire of chamber music has taken him all over Europe with other prestigious musicians such as Shirly Laub, Benjamin Dieltjens, Tai Murray and Ángel Luís Quintana. Sanzo teaches at the Badajoz Conservatorio Superior de Música, where he has become one of the most requested tutors by Spain’s universities and conservatories, and where he tutors frequent masterclasses and courses for perfecting technique. In April 2013 he was invited to give a masterclass at Chile’s Catholic University of Santiago, and in the autumn of 2014 he will be recording the complete Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia suite for the eaSonus record label (www.easonus.com)

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Superb young violinist Tai Murray presents a master class.

Technically flawless…vivacious and scintillating…It is without doubt that Murray’s style of playing is more mature than that of many seasoned players; and, with a debut record this outstanding, it can safely be assumed that she will exceed many expectations – she’s certainly exceeded mine.

Francesca Treadaway, Muso Magazine

Photo by Julia Wesely

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray is establishing herself a musical voice of a generation. Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). She has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Shanghai’s Concert Hall. Performing with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Now a resident of Berlin and New York, Tai Murray’s appearances include Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal at the Philharmonie, projects with the Philharmonic Staatsorchester of Mainz and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and tours with the Brandenburger Symphoniker and Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. As a recitalist Tai Murray has visited many of the world’s capitols having appeared in Berlin, Chicago, Hamburg, London, New York, and Washington D.C. among many others. She will return to Wigmore Hall in both 2013 and 2014. As a chamber musician, she has joined tours with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004-2006). Festival appearances include Ireland’s West Cork Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the USA. Tai Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in February 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th century is due to be released in November 2013 by the label eaSonus (www.easonus.com) and her third disc with the Bernstein Serenade is already scheduled for 2014.
www.taimurray.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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The Hanoi-based Trí Minh Quartet mixes traditional Vietnamese music with a contemporary experimental aesthetic.

Like other trailblazers of his generation, Minh is using his creativity, connections and education to forge an artistic identity that is unmistakably global – yet uniquely Vietnamese – in the ever-widening spaces of Vietnam’s ongoing liberalization.

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Photo courtesy of Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival

Sophisticated, versatile and lithe, Trí Minh’s Quartet binds electronica, acoustic instruments, and traditional motifs in a program of collaborative and improvised works. Sounds From Hanoi opens a window onto one of the world’s unsung contemporary music scenes. A masterful mentor to a new musical scene, this pianist excelled in composition at Hanoi Conservatory and has created revolutionary Vietnamese jazz and electronica. His quartet for piano, zither, and traditional and contemporary instruments is rivetingly fresh.

Trí Minh, piano, and electronics
Phạm Trà My, đàn tranh (16 string zither)
Đức Minh, mouth harp
Hà Đình Huy, drums and percussion

(This Center Stage residency is an initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts and regional arts organizations, with support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and Lisa Booth Management.)

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Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Outstanding jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick celebrates the release of her new album Here with her quartet.

Photo by Scott Myers

Johnaye Kendrick is a vocalist who performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions; she focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics, often accompanying herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. Kendrick earned a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University (2005), where she received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and was featured in an honors recital with pianist Fred Hersch. Kendrick then earned an Artist’s Diploma from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, having worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brian Blade. She received a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Kendrick has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs; traveled extensively with the Nicholas Payton SEXTET; and has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (a collaboration that won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their release Book 1). In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as Northwest Vocalist of the Year. In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring twelve of Kendrick’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis. Kendrick currently serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts.

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Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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Lew Tabackin, a monster saxophonist and flutist who transcends styles and cultures, is also respected as a master composer and arranger for the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. His trio includes Boris Kozlov on bass and Mark Taylor on drums. Tabackin once mentored the Brooklyn-based rising sax star Ben Flocks, whose trio with Martin Nevin (bass) and Evan Hughes (drums) opens the evening with "a jovial mix of American musical styles" (DownBeat).

Photo by Dirk Stockmans

Santa Cruz born, Brooklyn based rising saxophone star Ben Flocks has earned critical acclaim with performances at the Bern, Umbria, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Growing up, Flocks took advantage of a multitude of musical opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending shows at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and camp at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, performing with both the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensembles and the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Band, and studying with trumpeter and arranger Ray Brown. He has played with Joshua Redman’s Trio and also with Dave Brubeck as a Brubeck Institute Fellow. While strongly influenced by the classic saxophone triumvirate of Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, and John Coltrane, Flocks’s own music reflects a creative mix of jazz, blues, folk, and Americana. In May 2011 Ben graduated from the New School in New York City, earning a B.F.A in Jazz Performance, and during the summer completed a two-year mentorship program at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Ben now serves on faculty at Stanford Jazz in California and at the Calhoun School in New York. He also teaches throughout New York City schools as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People programs. Ben released his debut album Battle Mountain on February 11th, 2014 to rave reviews.
www.benflocks.com/

Lew Tabackin is an artist of astonishing vision: His electrifying flute playing is at once virtuosic, primordial, cross-cultural and passionate; his distinctive tenor sax style shows the full range of possibilities of the instrument. He studied both in high school and then majored in flute at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, studying privately with composer Vincent Persichetti. Tabackin later moved to New York, where he played first with Tal Farlow and Don Friedman, and later in the big bands led by Cab Calloway, Les and Larry Elgart, Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Chuck Israels, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Clark Terry and Duke Pearson. During the late 1960s, Tabackin led a trio in Philadelphia in addition to playing in smaller groups with Donald Byrd, Roland Hanna, Elvin Jones and Attila Zoller. In those early years, he worked with Doc Severinsen and the studio band for Dick Cavett's television show. He also spent some time in Europe, where he was a soloist with various orchestras, including the Danish Radio Orchestra and the Hamburg Jazz Workshop. In 1968, he met Toshiko Akiyoshi and the couple eventually married and moved to Los Angeles, where they formed the award-winning big band known as the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. While in Los Angeles, Tabackin also played with Shelley Manne and with various trios of his own with Billy Higgins, John Heard and Charlie Haden. He also toured Japan frequently with the orchestra as well as with his own trio, which included drummer Joey Baron and bassist Michael Moore. During the 1980s Tabackin won many DownBeat critic's and reader's polls. He continues to tour the world as a soloist, playing clubs and jazz festivals with his own groups and as featured soloist with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.
www.lewtabackin.com

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Renowned French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson presents this master class.

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Jacky Terrasson, the most widely traveled of all jazz pianists, is the “piano player of happiness” according to Télérama magazine in France. Born in Berlin, of an American mother and a French father, he grew up in Paris. He started to learn the piano at age 5 and, after studying classical piano in school, he studied jazz with Jeff Gardner. An encounter with Francis Paudras played an important role his initiation into jazz. Terrasson later went to the United States to attend the Berklee College of Music. In 1993, after winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award, he began touring with Betty Carter. One year later, The New York Times introduced Terrasson as one of the 30 artists most likely to change American culture in the next 30 years. He then signed with the prestigious Blue Note label, for which he made three trio recordings. He has collaborated with greats such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Scott, Charles Aznavour and Ry Cooder. Terrasson also played with drummer Leon Parker and bassist Ugonna Okegwo in a trio that was considered one of the best jazz trios of the 1990s. He performs regularly in solo and trio in the great jazz festivals (Montreal, San Francisco, Montreux, North Sea Jazz, Marciac) and in the most prestigious piano festivals (Klavier Ruhr Festival, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins). He also plays regularly in Japan, South Korea and China, as well as in Europe and the United States.
www.jackyterrasson.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Renowned French pianist and 1993 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner Jacky Terrasson performs with his trio.

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Jacky Terrasson, the most widely traveled of all jazz pianists, is the “piano player of happiness” according to Télérama magazine in France. Born in Berlin, of an American mother and a French father, he grew up in Paris. He started to learn the piano at age 5 and, after studying classical piano in school, he studied jazz with Jeff Gardner. An encounter with Francis Paudras played an important role his initiation into jazz. Terrasson later went to the United States to attend the Berklee College of Music. In 1993, after winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award, he began touring with Betty Carter. One year later, The New York Times introduced Terrasson as one of the 30 artists most likely to change American culture in the next 30 years. He then signed with the prestigious Blue Note label, for which he made three trio recordings. He has collaborated with greats such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Scott, Charles Aznavour and Ry Cooder. Terrasson also played with drummer Leon Parker and bassist Ugonna Okegwo in a trio that was considered one of the best jazz trios of the 1990s. He performs regularly in solo and trio in the great jazz festivals (Montreal, San Francisco, Montreux, North Sea Jazz, Marciac) and in the most prestigious piano festivals (Klavier Ruhr Festival, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins). He also plays regularly in Japan, South Korea and China, as well as in Europe and the United States.
www.jackyterrasson.com

Supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Western Jazz Presenters Network.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Veteran tenor saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby presents a master class.

Photo by Patrick MC Bride

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, he has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Born and reared in St. Louis, Osby began his professional music career in 1975 after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Osby spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in blues and jazz groups. In 1978, Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University, where he majored in Jazz Studies, then continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music. Upon relocating to New York, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in-demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard, as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area. In 1985, he was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, Special Edition. Osby signed his first recording deal in 1987 with German label JMT, for which he recorded four CD titles; he later signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists.
www.gregosby.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Veteran alto saxophonist Greg Osby, regarded for his insightful approach to composition and performance, takes the stage with his quartet - Simona Premazzi (piano), Martin Nevin (bass), and Adam Arruda (drums).

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Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, he has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Born and reared in St. Louis, Osby began his professional music career in 1975 after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Osby spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in blues and jazz groups. In 1978, Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University, where he majored in Jazz Studies, then continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music. Upon relocating to New York, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in-demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard, as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area. In 1985, he was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, Special Edition. Osby signed his first recording deal in 1987 with German label JMT, for which he recorded four CD titles; he later signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded fifteen outstanding recordings as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists.
www.gregosby.com

Supported by WJPN and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Legendary free-jazz drummer Barry Altschul performs original compositions under The 3Dom Factor, which includes Hayes Greenfield (alto sax) and Joe Fonda (bass).

Even if he had retired from music 40 years ago, he would have gone down in jazz history.

Jazz Inside

Photo by Dmitry Mandel Courtesy of TUM Records

Barry Altschul was a largely self-taught drummer until 1960, when he began study with Charlie Persip. From 1964 until 1970, Altschul played regularly with pianist Paul Bley; their relationship continued intermittently through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1969, he studied with Sam Ulano. Altschul was a member of the Jazz Composer's Guild and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association from 1964 to 1968. He spent a portion of the 1960s playing mainstream jazz in Europe. In the early 1970s, Altschul was the drummer for Circle—a band (with a membership that also included Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton) that might possibly have been the most technically adept free jazz ensemble ever. Altschul's drumming with that band was stylistically all-encompassing thanks to his background in traditional jazz styles, which gave him a solid grounding to build his free playing. During this time, he recorded with the individual members of Circle. In 1972, under Holland's leadership, Altschul recorded the classic album Conference of the Birds with Braxton and saxophonist Sam Rivers. Around this time, he also made records with Bley, bassist Alan Silva and pianist Andrew Hill, among others. In the 1980s, Altschul made records of his own for Soul Note and continued his sideman work with such musicians as the Russian-born pianist Simon Nabotov and Kenny Drew, Sr. Altschul has played or recorded with many musicians, including Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman, Andrew Hill, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes and Lee Konitz.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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$16 seniors
$9 students (with ID)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

The phenomenal British pianist Jonathan Powell performs works by Sorabji, Medtner Scriabin and Szymanowski.

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PROGRAM
Medtner - Sonata op.30
Scriabin - Sonata no.9, op.68
Sorabji - Piano Sonata No. 1 (1919)
Sorabji - Le Jardin Parfumé (1923)
Szymanowski - Piano Sonata No. 2, Opus 21 (1910)

Jonathan Powell is a pianist and self-taught composer. After studies with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky, he established an international career as a soloist, his programs ranging from standard Classical and Romantic repertoire to contemporary and little-known 20th-century works. He has performed widely in Europe, as well as in Russia and the United States; since 2010 he has toured in Slovakia, the Czech Republic (including a residency at the Janacek Academy in Brno), Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, performing repertoire ranging from John Field and Chopin to contemporary music. In the United Kingdom, his concerts have taken him to venues ranging from the Royal Festival Hall to university departments and local town halls. As well as giving U.K. premieres of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. He has recorded several for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges, among others. Powell has worked with many of today’s most prominent composers such as Ambrosini, Finnissy and Staud. His articles on many aspects of Russian music appear in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and others have been published by International Piano and the Finnish musicological journal Musiikki-lehti. He recently contributed to a book on the pianist-composer Samuil Feinberg, and co-edited the publication Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage.
jonathanpowell.wordpress.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$17 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Saxophonist, flautist, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman presents a master class with his quintet.

Photo by Sune Andersson

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years, performing on over 500 recordings (with nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader) featuring several hundred original compositions. He has recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz, and has played with many of the masters, including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others. DownBeat Magazine places Liebman “among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music … a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." He is an author of books and instructional DVDs, which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field. Liebman is a DownBeat/Jazz Times Critics Poll winner (soprano sax), and has further earned a NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, multiple Grammy nominations, an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and title of “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” from France. He founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in 1989 and currently serves as Artistic Director. The New York Times notes that “while others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles … he’s a fighter.”
www.daveliebman.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Soprano saxophonist, flautist, and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman performs with the lineup of his new release Samsara: longtime collaborator, bassist Tony Marino and three emerging trailblazers: pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, and drummer Alex Ritz.

While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles … he’s a fighter.

Ben Ratliff - The New York Times

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David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years, performing on over 500 recordings (with nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader) featuring several hundred original compositions. He has recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz, and has played with many of the masters, including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others. DownBeat Magazine places Liebman “among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music … a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." He is an author of books and instructional DVDs, which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field. Liebman is a DownBeat/Jazz Times Critics Poll winner (soprano sax), and has further earned a NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, multiple Grammy nominations, an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and title of “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” from France. He founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in 1989 and currently serves as Artistic Director.
www.daveliebman.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$24 general
$22 seniors
$12 students (with ID)

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Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

British pianist Jonathan Powell presents a master class.

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Jonathan Powell is a pianist and self-taught composer. After studies with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky, he established an international career as a soloist, his programs ranging from standard Classical and Romantic repertoire to contemporary and little-known 20th-century works. He has performed widely in Europe, as well as in Russia and the United States; since 2010 he has toured in Slovakia, the Czech Republic (including a residency at the Janacek Academy in Brno), Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, performing repertoire ranging from John Field and Chopin to contemporary music. In the United Kingdom, his concerts have taken him to venues ranging from the Royal Festival Hall to university departments and local town halls. As well as giving U.K. premieres of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. He has recorded several for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges, among others. Powell has worked with many of today’s most prominent composers such as Ambrosini, Finnissy and Staud. His articles on many aspects of Russian music appear in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and others have been published by International Piano and the Finnish musicological journal Musiikki-lehti. He recently contributed to a book on the pianist-composer Samuil Feinberg, and co-edited the publication Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

In the second of two appearances at Cornish Presents, British pianist Jonathan Powell performs the reclusive composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji's eight-hour masterpiece “Sequentia cyclica super Dies irae” (1948). The work will be performed with two audience intermissions.

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The English composer, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific composers, a major contributor to the piano repertoire, a fiercely witty writer of essays and musical criticism, and an unarguably fascinating, not to mention misunderstood, personality. Yet, despite these merits, only a fraction of his vast body of work (over 11,000 pages of music) has been performed. The long silence of this remarkable voice has several causational factors, but was largely a result of self-imposed obscuration. Sorabji impishly fed false information to nosing lexicographers, wrote music that bewildered the eyes and ears of music critics, and gradually developed a stingy opposition to public performances of his music, famously stating, “No performance at all is vastly preferable to an obscene travesty.” After living through the Blitz and retiring to the quietude of Dorset, he entered a kind of creative hermitage, shrouded from all except those very few whom he held dear. His reticence thawed slightly in the 1970s, but since then, nearly thirty years after his death, a growing number of manuscript editors, musicians, musicologists, and general enthusiasts have begun the long arduous process of reviving this long dormant oeuvre. New critical performance editions are emerging rapidly, more accurate biographical works have been published, world premieres are occurring, and now there are dozens of commercial recordings available, all of which, accumulatively, are providing the public better access than at any time previously to this remarkable and profound talent.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$17 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

The vibrant performers and composers that make up NOW Ensemble present a master class.

...the formal elegance of chamber music with a pop-honed concision and rhythmic vitality.

Time Out New York

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NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. Increasingly focusing on work that fearlessly crosses boundaries of musical genre and artistic media, NOW Ensemble’s recent collaborations span work with homemade electronics guru Dan Deacon to multimedia opera with producer Beth Morrison and composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli. Performances have been featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and live on WNYC, and its sophomore album Awake charted at No. 1 in Amazon's Classical Chamber Music Charts. NOW's collaboration with filmmaker Joshua Frankel, Plan of the City, was praised in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker critic Alex Ross's blog, where it was hailed as "gorgeous." Since 2004, NOW has worked with over 60 of today's most exciting composers, including Nico Muhly, Timothy Andres, Judd Greenstein, Kathryn Alexander, Jason Treuting and Sean Friar. NOW has performed this new repertoire at such venues as Miller Theater, Merkin Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, The Kitchen NYC, The Stone, the Carlsbad Festival, the Festival International Chihuahua, the Look and Listen Festival, The Music Gallery Toronto, Sarasota's New Music New College, the Southern Exposure Series, Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge, Cal Arts, MIT and Julliard.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Veteran bebop pianist Hal Galper is joined by Seattle drummer John Bishop and bassist Jeff Johnson for a night of “furious rubato.” The trio explores standards, originals, and group improvisation to create a dynamic snapshot of modern jazz.

…the high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience…

Downbeat

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A student of the piano from the age of six, Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He quickly gravitated to the city’s jazz clubs, supplementing his formal Berklee training by studying the performances of such Boston stalwarts as Jaki Byard, Sam Rivers and Herb Pomeroy. It wasn’t long before Galper had soaked up enough practical jazz knowledge that he was employed as house pianist at The Stables, Lennie’s On The Turnpike and Connelly’s, leading Boston jazz emporiums. Beginning his international performing career in a three-year stint with trumpeter Chet Baker, he went on to be an integral member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. He also worked with Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz and Roy Eldridge, among dozens of other major jazz figures. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galper formed one of his most critically acclaimed groups as a leader in the early ’70s. With trumpeter Randy Brecker, his saxophonist brother Michael, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Billy Hart, the new Hal Galper Quintet debuted at Sweet Basil in New York’s Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak With a Single Voice, Children Of The Night and Redux 78. Galper’s discography includes 99 albums, with 32 of them under his name. He is a leader not only as a performer but also as an educator, with emphasis on theory, performance and the worldly side of music as a profession. He was a founding member of New York’s New School Of Jazz And Contemporary Music and recently retired from his 14 year tenure at Purchase Conservatory. His best selling theory of Forward Motion, was the first interactive E-book in which its more than 300 musical examples could be played in a computer browser. It offers insights into the workings of melodies, secrets of phrasing and ways of practicing to enhance jazz performance.
www.halgalper.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$16 general
$14 seniors
$8 students (with ID)

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Monday, November 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón, widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, leads his band - Luis Perdomo (piano), Hans Glawischnig (bass) and Eric Doob (drums) - in presenting his Latin-inspired jazz repertoire.

This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.

MacArthur Foundation, 2008

Photo by Jimmy Katz

Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón is one of a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released seven recordings as a leader, including Rayuela (2012) and the Grammy-nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as the SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, David Sánchez, the Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, and Steve Coleman. Zenón has topped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the DownBeat critics’ poll on four different occasions. As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, the New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. In 2008 Zenón was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius grant.”
www.miguelzenon.com

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Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$20 seniors
$11 students (with ID)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz vocalist and bassist Kristin Korb presents a master class.

Photo by Ulrik Jantzen

A singing double bassist with a deep sense of swing, Kristin Korb combines the instrumental influence of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus with the vocal styling of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald to create a sound all her own. Korb and her all-star trio, featuring musical power-houses Bruce Forman on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums, share an inspired set of popular songs using innovative arrangements. Korb earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her master’s in Classical Bass Performance at the University of California, San Diego. It was while she was a student at UCSD that her professor, Bertram Turetzky, inspired her to sing and play bass at the same time. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio (1996). She has taught at the University of Southern California, where she was Coordinator of Vocal Jazz Studies; Azuza Pacific University; Grossmont Community College; and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational out-reach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students. As President-elect of the International Society of Bassists, she served as Artistic Director for the 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, New York (Eastman School of Music). Korb tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

The adventurous pianist Anthony De Mare, a champion of contemporary music, merged his passion for Sondheim with his effort to expand the recital repertory...the resulting project required formidable virtuosity. M. De Mare's playing was dynamic and stylish...I loved it.

Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times

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The project has brought together 36 of the world's foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim's songs as a solo piece. the result is a brand new world-class repertory that reveals Sondheim's influence across multiple genres and generations. Chosen by de Mare in consultation with Mr. Sondheim, the Liaisonsroser spans the classical, jazz, opera, pop , musical theater and film worlds, with composers ranging in age from 30-75 representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards.

Praised for his “muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents” (The New York Times), Anthony de Mare is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists, a foremost champion of contemporary music and a pioneer in the speaking-singing pianist genre. De Mare is currently touring Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, a landmark commissioning and concert project of exclusive new works from Steve Reich, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Adam Guettel, Mason Bates, Ethan Iverson, Nico Muhly, Tania Leon and Mark Anthony Turnage, to name a few, that brings the work of Stephen Sondheim into the concert hall. Other recent performance highlights include: the national tour of The American Piano with pianist Steven Mayer and scholar Joseph Horowitz; Playing With Myself, a multi-media concert event; Missing Peace, an eclectic series of old and new works inspired by the exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama; Cool ~ A Journey into the Influence of Jazz; and Unities: Music of Pride and Celebration. De Mare has also collaborated and performed with the Lark Quartet, the Bang-On-A-Can All Stars, Meredith Monk/The House and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among many others. De Mare has nearly twenty recordings in his discography. His most recent recording, Speak: The Speaking-Singing Pianist, the first disc devoted completely to this genre, was released in 2010 on the Innova label. Both Speak and Out of My Hands (KOCH Entertainment) were shortlisted for Grammy Awards in 2011 and 2005, respectively. He currently serves on the roster of Yamaha Artists and is a professor of piano at Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
www.anthonydemare.com

PROGRAM
Nico Muhly: Color and Light (2012) (Sunday in the Park with George)
Fred Hersch: No One Is Alone (2010) (Into the Woods)
Jherek Bischoff: The Ballad of Guiteau (2014) (Assassins) World Premiere
Duncan Sheik: Johanna in Space (2014) (after "Johanna" - Sweeney Todd)
Wynton Marsalis: That Old Piano Roll (2014) (Follies)
Eric Rockwell: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (2010/14) (Company)
Rodney Sharman: Notes on Beautiful (2010) (after "Beautiful" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Steve Reich: Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos (2010) (Sunday in the Park with George)
INTERMISSION
Film Interlude: Onstage Interview with Stephen Sondheim, conducted by Mark Eden Horowitz at LIAISONS' NYC premiere (Symphony Space, April 2012)
Andy Akiho: Into the Woods (2013) (Into the Woods)
Ethan Iverson: Send in the Clowns (2011) (A Little Night Music)
Mason Bates: Very Put Together (2012) (after "Putting it Together" - Sunday in the Park with George)
Paul Moravec: I Think About You (2010) (after "Losing My Mind" - Follies)
Jake Heggie: I'm Excited. No You're Not. (2010) (after "A Weekend in the Country" - A Little Night Music)

Location

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets

$32 general
$27 seniors
$20 students (with ID)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The renowned Cornish Early Music faculty present an evening of baroque masterworks by Purcell, Handel and Lully on period instruments. Seattle's finest performers in early music in one glorious evening!

The stage at the Castle Theatre, Cesky Krumlov.

PROGRAM
Henry Purcell: Suite from Abdelazer
Godfrey Finger: Trio-sonata in C Major for trumpet, violin, and continuo
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Passacaille d'Armide
George Frideric Handel: Sonata for flute and continuo
George Frideric Handel: Trio-sonata in C Minor for recorder, violin, and continuo
Aria "Lascia ch'io piango" from Rinaldo
Aria "Destero dall' empia dite" from Amadigi

PERFORMERS
Vicki Boeckman, recorder
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord
Kris Kwapis, baroque trumpet
Anna Mansbridge, baroque dance
Ingrid Matthews, baroque violin
Byron Schenkman, harpsichord
Janet See, baroque flute
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Nathan Whittaker, baroque cello
Elly Winer, baroque viola

Location

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets

$32 general
$22 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Composer and electronic music pioneer Gordon Mumma, known for his work in collaboration with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, presents a lecture/demonstration featuring highlights from his long career.

Gordon Mumma and Merce Cunningham in a performance of LOOPS AND ADDITIONS at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC. December 3, 1973.

Gordon Mumma (b.1935), studied piano and horn in Chicago and Detroit, and began his career as an active horn player in symphonic and chamber music. From 1953 to 1966 he lived in Ann Arbor, MI, where he co-founded with Robert Ashley the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music and the now-historic ONCE Festivals of Contemporary Music. From 1966 to 1974 he was, with John Cage and David Tudor, one of the three composer-musicians with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, for which he composed four commissioned works. From 1966 he also performed with the Sonic Arts Union, whose members included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Alvin Lucier. He has also collaborated with diverse artists such as Tandy Beal, Anthony Braxton, William Brooks, Chris Brown, Marcel Duchamp, Fred Frith, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Jasper Johns, Jann McCauley, Pauline Oliveros, Yvonne Rainer, Tom Robbins, Frederic Rzewski, Stephen Smoliar, Stan Van Der Beek, William Winant, and Christian Wolff.

Mumma has made concert tours and recordings in North and South America, Japan and Europe. His writings on the contemporary performance arts and technology are published in several languages. His best-known engineering design was for an electronic music live-performance system at EXPO-70 (Osaka, Japan) in collaboration with David Tudor.

Mumma has been on the faculties of the University of Illinois, the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany), and the Cursos Latinoamericanos de Música Contemporánea (Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Santiago, R.D.). From 1975 to 1994 he was Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego, in 1985 and 1987. At Mills College in Oakland, California, he was the Darius Milhaud Professor in 1981, Distinguished Visiting Composer in 1989, and the Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence in 1999.

Mumma’s musical compositions include works for acoustical instruments (mostly solo piano, and chamber music), as well as for electronic and computer resources. His commissions include works for Radio Bremen (Germany), the Biennale di Venezia, the New York State Arts Council, Oberlin College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Oregon Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2000 he received the biennial John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. Mumma's composing and performing I\in the 21st Century have continued primarily with solo instrumental and chamber music. Some of his recent solo music has employed electronic elements, including music for the 2006 Gaudeamus Festival in Holland. In 2008 he was featured composer at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque and the College of Santa Fe. He resides in both British Columbia and California.
http://brainwashed.com/mumma/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Pianist Cristina Valdes, cellist David Requiro and violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim explore piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives and Garcia.

Photo by Cuong Vu

Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdes is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Nordstrom Hall, and the Kennedy Center. An avid chamber musician, Valdes has toured extensively with the Bang On a Can “All Stars” and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, Antares, and Trio V. Her festival appearances include the Singapore Arts Festival, Brisbane Arts Festival, Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, New Music in Miami Festival, Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador among others. She has also performed with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Valdes can be heard on several recordings on the Newport Classics, Albany, and Innova labels. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.

Praised by Gramophone for playing with “delicious abandon,” and described as “bewitching” by the Seattle Times, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, Lim is also widely known for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet. In demand as a chamber musician and as a performer of new and experimental music, he is a member of Open End, a New York City-based ensemble specializing in contemporary music and improvisation. As a member of the Corigliano Quartet, Lim has enjoyed critical acclaim across the U.S. and abroad and has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. The Corigliano Quartet has performed in the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Lim received his formal training at Indiana University, where he studied with the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold. While at Indiana, he won First Prize in the school’s Violin Concerto Competition and served on the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. Lim later studied chamber music at the Juilliard School and taught there as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He currently serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. Lim has recorded for Naxos, DreamWorks, Albany Records, CRI, Bayer Records, and Aguava New Music, and appears on numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-winning score to Brokeback Mountain.He has been heard on NPR programs such asPerformance Today and All Things Considered. Lim currently lives in Seattle with his wife, violist Melia Watras. He performs ona violin made by Tomaso Balestrieri in Cremona, Italy in 1774.www.michaeljinsoolim

First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. After winning first prize in both the Washington International and the Irving M. Klein String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and and other orchestras across the U.S. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and most recently gave the Dutch premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Mr. Requiro is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is professor of cello and director of the chamber music program. He has served as artist faculty at the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.
www.davidrequiro.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$17 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Gamelan Pacifica in concert with special guest composer Daniel Schmidt.

Daniel Schmidt

Daniel Schmidt is a composer and builder of American Gamelan. He currently teaches Gamelan and instrument building at Mills College. He is also a long-time collaborator with the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Daniel has helped build many American gamelan, including Si Darius/Si Madeleine with the great American composer Lou Harrison and his partner Bill Colvig. He directed a workshop in gamelan building at Cornish College of the Arts that led to the establishment of the first gamelan there in 1979-80. He is currently working on an aluminum gamelan with the working name of "Gift" that is being built in collaboration with students at Mills College. Schmidt is one of the foremost composers of gamelan music among western composers and his music will be a featured part of this concert.

Gamelan Pacifica has performed extensively in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Canada and other parts of the U.S. Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica is among the finest ensembles devoted to the performance of music for gamelan in the U.S. It is an active and adventurous ensemble, with a reputation for creating diverse productions merging traditional and contemporary musical forms with dance, theater, puppetry, and visual media. They have been guest performers on The Smithsonian Institute's Festival of Indonesia, New Music Across America Festival, Vancouver New Music Society, On the Boards, Walker Art Center, Performing Arts Chicago, many others. In the Northwest they perform regularly and have appeared at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Town Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, Evergreen State College, Centrum, Bumbershoot Festival, Arts in Nature Festival, University of Orgeon, Whidbey Institute, CenterStage, and many, many others. Visiting artists have included some of the most notable artists of Indonesia, including Sutrisno Hartana, Wayan Sinti, Didik Nini Thowok, Sri Djoko Rahardja, I Made Sidia, Endo Suanda, Dedek Wahyudi, Goenawan Mohamad, and Tony Prabowo. Gamelan Pacifica's CD, Trance Gong has received international acclaim and is available from O.O. Discs. Gamelan Pacifica is directed by noted composer and Cornish College of the Arts Professor Jarrad Powell. In addition to sponsoring the Javanese gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica is a well-respected non-profit arts organization that supports various programs and special projects relating to music and dance, with a special emphasis on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. Gamelan Pacifica has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and Arts International. Gamelan Pacifica is currentlIy supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture.
www.gamelanpacifica.org

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$22 general
$17 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

NoiseFold is the collective identity of David Stout and Cory Metcalf, artists working at the digital nexus of cinema, music and visual arts.

NoiseFold at REDCAT, Los Angeles

David Stout and Cory Metcalf began their seminal work in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a famed art center and lesser known as the birthplace of Artificial-Life (A-Life). NoiseFold, in a word, amalgamates adjective, noun and verb. The name can conjure an immediate reference to noise music with its loud, near unbearable volumes, radical explorations of extreme frequencies, disjunctive ruptures, glitches and wall of sound dynamics. Metcalf and Stout do not discount these memes; however, their interests are larger. The project exists as a fold or group who perform live data folding processes that reference both virtual origami and the concept of protein folding. NoiseFold acknowledge noise as the field of all possibilities. Noise as prima materia – an alchemical concept sometimes attributed to Aristotle, prima materia can be thought of as an elemental formless state. In this work noise exists simultaneously as both a concept and a tangible material. Noise is manifest in various mediums, as a dynamic visual or sonic field, a data stream, as collective cultural expression, as particle bombardment and as a chaotic condition of life. NoiseFold performed their world premiere at the Festival Internationale d’Art Video in Casablanca, Morocco (2006). Performances, which include the UNESCO Creative Cities Summit, New York Electronic Arts Festival, Interactive Futures in Victoria, BC, REDCAT in Los Angeles, TEDx at the Denver Art Museum and “Chinati Weekend” in Marfa, Texas have garnered critical praise and a growing international audience. NoiseFold routinely performs in wildly different contexts from concert halls, art museums and galleries to planetariums, rock venues and even botanic gardens. This ability to cross generational, disciplinary and cultural boundaries has enabled the artists to cultivate an expansive audience eager to experience new cinematic and musical forms.

David Stout is a visual and sonic artist, writer, curator and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches to new genres bridging the arts, design and sciences. He is a recipient of the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Award and the Sun Micro Systems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and a nominee for the USA Artist Fellowship (2008), International Media Art Prize (2004) and the WTN World Technology Award (2003). He holds an inter-arts MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ed Emshwiller, Jim Pomeroy, and Bill Viola. His works include live cinema performance, interactive video installation, electro-acoustic music composition and telematic media events that emphasize immersive multi-screen projection as an extension of performer, audience and architecture. Since 2002 he has worked closely with creative partner, Cory Metcalf to examine the aesthetic possibilities for evolutionary generative systems, artificial life networks and bio-metric security apparatus. The pair, who began their seminal collaboration in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are renown as members of the media performance ensemble, NoiseFold. David’s many collaborations with instrumentalists, computer programmers, composers and filmmakers include recent projects with cellist, Frances Marie Uitti (NL), guitarist, Janet Feder (USA) and early music artist, Anna Stegmann (NL/DE). Stout previously founded the MOV-iN Gallery and the Installation, Performance & Interactivity project (IPI) at the College of Santa Fe. He is at present directing the Initiative for Advance Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas located in the Dallas metropolitan area, where he holds a joint appointment spanning music composition and new media in the College of Music and College of Visual Art and Design.

Cory Metcalf is a moving image and sound artist, programmer and performer. Over 10 years of experience with visual programming have given him the tools to create complex interactive software environments. Metcalf's performance works, real-time media systems and responsive installations question the primacy of the human perspective, the anthropocentric western rational mind, and linearity of progress, arguing for deeper cultural investigation into new ways of knowing and the re-evaluation of those forgotten, dismissed or discarded.His interest in bridging the old and new is evidenced in works such as Signature Sound (2012), a steam-punk divination machine combining astrology, projection- mapping, and keyboard input to calculate, distill, and bottle the participants “virtual essence”. Metcalf’s recent focus is on ethnobotany and ethnomusicology in South America, drawing from the telling of history in the Andes through Quipu's, a pre-Incan data system made up of knotted cords, to Icaros, the healing songs of Peru believed to have been taught to humans by plants. Metcalf is co-founder with David Stout of the interactive media-performance group, NoiseFold, which explores the use of real-time 3D data visualization and complex data feed-back programs to model synthetic ecologies based on genetic and behavioral processes in living systems.
www.corymetcalf.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$10 general
$free students (with ID)

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Cornish Playhouse

The Cornish Playhouse is located on the Seattle Center campus at 201 Mercer Street. For directions, please visit our campus map.

Tickets

The Cornish Playhouse box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance online using major credit cards, or at the door using cash, check or credit cards. If your tickets are being held at Will Call, please plan on picking them up at least fifteen minutes prior to show time.

Parking

There are various parking decks and paid lots near the Playhouse as well as street parking available to patrons.

Public Transport

The Cornish Playhouse is also easily accessible on public transportation via routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 29, 32, 82, 994 and RAPIDRIDE D. To access the most up to date schedule and route information, please visit King County Metro.

Seattle Center Monorail departs every 10 minutes from the Westlake Center Mall (at Fifth and Pine St) and travels to the station at Seattle Center, near the Space Needle.

Access­ibility

Cornish is committed to ensuring that its performance venues remain accessible to all patrons. There is a accessible drop-off area along Mercer St between the Playhouse and the Phelps Center. In addition to garage parking, four on-street parking spaces on the east side of Warren Ave. N. just south of Mercer St. are designated for exclusive 24 hour use by those with Washington State disabled placards. The spaces offer convenience for both Playhouse patrons.

Rentals

The Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center has multiple rental spaces for events of every size. Spaces available to rent include: Main Auditorium, Lobby, Founders Room, Rehearsal Hall/Studio. Availability of spaces is based on Cornish’s use of the space. For inquiries about the space, view the rental rates or complete the rental inquiry form.

PONCHO Concert Hall

PONCHO Concert Hall is located on the campus of Cornish College of the Arts in Kerry Hall at the corner of Harvard Avenue and East Roy Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. For directions, please visit our campus map.

Tickets

The PONCHO Concert Hall box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance online using major credit cards, or at the door, cash and checks only. If your tickets are being held at Will Call, please plan on picking them up at least fifteen minutes prior to show time.

Parking

Cornish is pleased to provide free parking for all performances at PONCHO Concert Hall. Parking is located in a covered lot adjacent to Kerry Hall located at 716 Boylston Avenue East.

Public Transport

PONCHO Concert Hall is easily accessible on public transportation via route 49, 9 or 14. To access the most up to date schedule and route information please visit King County Metro.

Access­ibility

Cornish is committed to ensuring that its performance venues remain accessible to all patrons. If you have any questions concerning the accessibility of PONCHO Concert Hall, please contact us.

Rentals

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Contacts

Box Office

Brown Paper Tickets
1.800.838.3006

Artistic Director

Kent Devereaux
206.726.5029

Production Coordinator

Megan Campbell-Miller
206.726.5112

Cornish Playhouse Manager

Liisa Spink
206.726.5113

PONCHO Concert Hall Manager

Frank Phillips
206.726.5026

PONCHO Concert Hall Technical Director

Alek Edmonds
206.726.5087

Cornish Playhouse Technical Supervisor

Pinky Estell
206.315.5776

PONCHO Concert Hall

710 East Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102

Cornish Playhouse

Seattle Center
201 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Mailing Address

Cornish Presents
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA 98121