Cornish Presents

2014 – 2015 Season

For more than 30 years, Cornish College of the Arts, through the Cornish Music Series, has presented an annual series of concerts and master classes featuring a wide-range of professional visiting artists and resident faculty. This year we become Cornish Presents and cast our net further to include a wider variety of arts experiences to the Seattle community.

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Contemporary Piano I - Reinier van Houdt

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

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Ticket prices for this event are $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 Cornish alumni (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt celebrates the last 50 years of contemporary piano repertoire.

Photo courtesy of the artist

PROGRAM
Kaikhosru Sorabji - Quasi Notturno, Var. No. 8 from Part 2, Symphony No. 4 (1964)
Luc Ferrari - 36 Enfilades (1986)
Walter Marchetti - Concerto per La Mano Sinistra (2013)

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

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish alumni (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Upcoming

Masterclass: Reinier van Houdt

Innovative Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt presents a masterclass.

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

Free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of the artist

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

Upcoming

Masterclass: Mordy Ferber

Veteran jazz guitarist Mordy Ferber presents a masterclass.

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

Free and open to the public.

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

Jazz Times

Photo courtesy of the artist

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

Upcoming

Masterclass: Amina Figarova

Jazz pianist and composer Amina Figarova presents this masterclass.

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

Free and open to the public.

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

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

Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt celebrates the last 50 years of contemporary piano repertoire.

Photo courtesy of the artist

PROGRAM
Kaikhosru Sorabji - Quasi Notturno, Var. No. 8 from Part 2, Symphony No. 4 (1964)
Luc Ferrari - 36 Enfilades (1986)
Walter Marchetti - Concerto per La Mano Sinistra (2013)

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

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

Buy Tickets


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

Free and open to the public.

Innovative Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt presents a masterclass.

Photo courtesy of the artist

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

Free and open to the public.


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

Free and open to the public.

Veteran jazz guitarist Mordy Ferber presents a masterclass.

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

Jazz Times

Photo courtesy of the artist

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

Free and open to the public.


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

Free and open to the public.

Jazz pianist and composer Amina Figarova presents this masterclass.

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

Free and open to the public.


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

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.

Co-presented by
Japan Arts Connection Lab

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$25 general
$20 seniors
$15 students (with ID)
$15 Cornish community (w/ID)

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

Free and open to the public.

Composer and pianist Sumi Tonooka presents a masterclass.

Photo courtesy of the artist

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

Free and open to the public.


Friday, October 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Superb violinist Tai Murray performs works by Schubert, Pärt, Debussy and Corigliano.

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

Free and open to the public.


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

Outstanding jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick celebrates the release of her 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.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)

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

Free and open to the public.

Renowned French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson presents this masterclass.

Photo by Devin DeHaven

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.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


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

Free and open to the public.

Veteran saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby presents this masterclass.

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.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Legendary free-jazz drummer Barry Altschul presents a masterclass.

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.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


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 masterclass.

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.”

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Free and open to the public.


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

Free and open to the public.

Jazz vocalist and bassist Kristin Korb presents a masterclass.

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.

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Want to get your message in front of the thousands of people who attend our events at PONCHO Concert Hall and the Cornish Playhouse each year? Advertise in our program and get your message out while helping to support the presentation of vibrant arts in Seattle. To find out more about advertising opportunities, call Megan Campbell-Miller 206.726.5112

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Venues and Parking

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

For rental and technical information, contact:

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