Saturday | August 10 | 6:30 pm
JAZZ AT THE MAVERICK
FRED HERSCH, piano
ANAT COHEN, clarinet
Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist — his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia —Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.”
He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard — for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. His newest trio album is a 2-CD set Alive at the Vanguard and it has been garnering wide critical acclaim as one of his best releases in his many-year recording career. It has been awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and has made the Best Jazz CDs of 2012 list in Slate and Downbeat.
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number.
With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running.
Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records releases her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro.The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” Claroscuro takes its title from the Spanish word describing the play of light and shade (chiaroscuro in Italian).
Sunday | August 11 | 4 pm
Schubert: Sonatina in D Major, Op. posth. 137, No. 1
Britten: Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80 (1967)
Copland: Piano Variations (1930)
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)
Hailed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine,
The trio is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists — violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. One of America’s most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.”
Trio Solisti soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant”) and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”) Performing a broad spectrum of styles, their versatility extends to new music, most notably to the work of Paul Moravec who composed his 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Tempest Fantasy, for Trio Solisti.
With a rapidly growing discography, Trio Solisti has garnered high praise for their recordings. Café Music, based on the title of Paul Schoenfield’s popular trio, was released on Bridge in May 2009. It begins with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires in a spicy arrangement by Piazzolla’s own sideman, José Bragato and Bachmann– it segues to Piazzolla’s sultry Le Grand Tango arranged for the trio by composer Martin Kutnowski.
Paul Schoenfield’s jazzy Café Music continues the disc’s boundary-breaking mix of popular and classical, followed by Joaquin Turina’s soulful second Trio.
The Musical America review proclaimed “…sumptuous soaring lines, sultry countermelodies, and articulated dance rhythms with muscular clarity.”
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