Performing Arts: Music
CHICK COREA FESTIVAL at JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
May 20, 2013
Jazz at Lincoln Center's compound was overflowing with musical tributes to Chick Corea in May. Ensembles curated by Corea in Dizzy’s Club and the Allen Room overlapped with performances headlining Corea in the Rose Theater with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis.
Addressing the audience in the Allen Room, Corea introduced two seventeen year-old pianists who caught his ear: Israeli Gadi Lehavi and Georgian Beka Gochiashvili. The seasoned saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, trumpeter Wallace Roney, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Marcus Gilmore supported these young bucks in a program dedicated to works by Corea.
Stylistically different, both pianists betrayed classical roots in their technique and hand position on the keys. More introspective and shy, Gadi floated lightly over Corea’s compositions, absorbing encouragement from Patittucci’s bass. As the evening progressed, Gadi’s personality ballooned, particularly when Coltrane’s spare, kilowatt notes picked off Corea’s complex rhythms drawing Lehavi out of his solitude.
When Gochiashvili strode on stage, he exuded the swagger of a boxer compared to Lehavi’s gymnast (both are slim young men). Outgoing and muscular, Gochiashvili attacked the piano with confidence building off of Coltrane’s pungent riffs. Born of the school of Jerry Lee Lewis, Gochiashvili pushed away from the piano bench, bopping and weaving, unable to execute the music without giving it a physical existence.
Compared to Lehavi’s streamlined, gymnast countenance, Gochiashvili strode on stage with the swagger of a boxer (both are slim young men). Outgoing and muscular, Gochiashvili attacked the piano confidently building off of Coltrane’s pungent riffs.
Granted, there were moments when the combo nearly took off pulling the pianists in their sizable wake, but mostly, they were generous and favorably framed the young men’s ideas.
In the end, the two young jazz artists came on stage and played together. By this point, Lehvai was primed and rippled his arpeggios through Gochiasvilli’s piano marathon.
Set in relief against the ceiling to wall, slanted windows facing a breathtaking view of Columbus Circle and spring’s sunset, both pianists demonstrated their native talents and Corea’s remarkable versatitlity.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis
NY PHILHARMONIC CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
February 18, 2013
Crowds funneled into Avery Fisher Hall for the Gala evening concert celebrating the Chinese New Year. West and East met up in the crossroads between traditional art forms and contemporary expressions. Rousing processional music called the audience to attention in Li Huanzhi’s “Spring Festival Overture.” Soon the sound of flutes calms the bombastic waves until the brisk tempi returns with a flourish. In one of his last works, Mahler’s “Der Einsame im Herbst” (The Solitary Person in Autumn) from Das Lied von de Erde (The Song of the Earth) dwelled inside a deep, melancholy realm, and mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano drew warmth from the sorrow. In the US premiere of Ye Xiaogang “Imitations of Old Poem: Long Autumn Night,” from The Song of the Earth, an assured Ying Human exhibited strong musical intent and control over the expansive vocal variations.
But when Herbie Hancock strode on stage, the evening’s energetic conductor Long Yu appeared as thrilled to see him as the adoring audience. Jazz pianist and composer, Hancock’s mastery is immediately evident. The score for Chen Quigang’s “Er Huang for Piano and Orchestra” was propped in front of Hancock. Despite the written notation, Hancock invested the piece with a muscular performance, and undeniably personal interpretation. Deep breaths separated chord progressions that ultimately fanned up and down the piano keys. Near the end, Hancock broke into an improvised passage that drew on his classical and jazz roots, dancing vibrantly to the atonal melodies that rose and fell into a dizzy spinning jazz flower.
In another star turn, Ye Zou demonstrated remarkable body and facial control and expressivity in her role as the Concubine in Selections from the Beijing opera’s “The Drunken Concubine.” A tip of the head or snap of the wrist exploded in expressions of sadness or happiness, disappointment or drunkenness. I’ve never seen a person imitate a drunken person with so few moves that were so vibrantly real.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis
NEA JAZZ MASTERS
January 4, 2013
National Endowment for the Arts Announces Live Webcast of 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert
on January 14
In partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will hold its annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and via live webcast. The NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert will prominently feature NEA Jazz Masters who will perform tributes to the 2013 honorees: Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon (A.B. Spellman, NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy), and Eddie Palmieri. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST and can be accessed by the public at arts.gov/jazzmasterswebcast as well as jalc.org/neajazzmasters. An archive of the webcast will be available the following day.
Wynton Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master (2011) and Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, will emcee the concert. NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron (2010), Ron Carter (1998), and Jimmy Cobb (2009) will make up a featured trio in an evening of performances that will also include Paquito D'Rivera (2005), Sheila Jordan (2012), Dave Liebman (2011), and Randy Weston (2001), as well as 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, and Eddie Palmieri. Other NEA Jazz Masters in attendance at the concert include Muhal Richard Abrams (2010), David Baker (2000), Benny Golson (1996), Chico Hamilton (2004), Roy Haynes (1995), Dan Morgenstern (2007), Jimmy Owens (2012), McCoy Tyner (2002), Cedar Walton (2010), and Phil Woods (2007).*
In addition to the live webcast, the concert will be broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, NPR Music, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz Channel XM67. A video archive of the concert will also be available at arts.gov/jazzmasterswebcast following the event.
2013 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST
January 2, 2013
The 2013 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST
Tentative Lineup (subject to change)...
AFRO HARPING' A Tribute to Dorothy Ashby f. Brandee Younger
AfroHORN: The 3rd Incarnation
Alexis Cuadrado Group 'A Lorca Soundscape'
Amir Elsafar Quintet
Ari Hoenig Group
Bobby Previte Bari Trio
Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra
Bryan & The Aardvarks
Bugge 'n Friends w/ Erik Truffaz, Bugge Wesseltoft, Ilhan Ersahin, Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell
Celebrate The Great Women of Blues & Jazz w/ Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller + Friends
Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary, Will Calhoun
CHURCH f. Mark de Clive-Lowe
Corey King and TAFFY
Dan Tepfer & Lee Konitz
Dezron Douglas' Jazz Workshop
DJ Raydar Ellis
DJ Rich Medina
Don Byron Quartet
Eric Revis, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille
Afro-Straight Evolutionary Minded! - 'The music of Gil-Scott
Heron Re-visioned w/ Kentyah, M1 (Dead Prez), Brian Jackson
and The New Midnight Band'
Frank Lacy '10 32k'
George Burton Group
Herbert Holler (Freedom Party DJ)
Jacob Garchik The Heavens
Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence w/JD Allen + Chris Sholar
James Carter Organ Trio
Jason Lindner Breeding Ground
Jason Stein Quartet
John Raymond Project
Julian Lage, Nels Cline
Krystle Warren and the Faculty
Leo Genovese Trio
Marcus Strickland Twi-Life
Mario Pavone with Tyshawn Sorey and Dave Ballou
Merger w/ Andrew D’Angelo, Kirk Knuffke, Ben Street, Nasheet
Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart
Monty Alexander "Harlem - Kingston Express"
Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto by PACJE
Nasheet Waits EQUALITY w/ Vijay Iyer, Mark Helias, Logan
Omer Avital & His Band of The East
Otis Brown III
Revive Big Band led by Igmar Thomas
Rez Abbasi Trio
Roy Nathanson Sotto Voce
Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
Seabrook Power Plant
Sunny Kim's Painter's Eye
The Big Picture feat. David Krakauer (A Sneak Preview)
Vinnie Sperazza 40Twenty
On both nights the festival will take over six venues in the Village, Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, SubCulture and Bowery Electric.
This marks the ninth year of the annual NYC WINTER JAZZFEST
APAP News Free Pre-Conference
January 2, 2013
Two daylong pre-conference events at APAP|NYC 2013 will focus on the trends, challenges and business in the fields of jazz and world music. The Jazz Connect Conference organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition with support from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, will feature the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, the Mayor of Philadelphia as the keynote speaker at noon, Thursday, January 10 at the Hilton New York in New York City.
The World Music Conference (Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, January 11), organized by Dmitri Vietze of StoryAmp and rock paper scissors, inc., will focus on key areas of the music business (labels, technology, touring), and will highlight new developments and helpful tools for professionals in the world music realm.
Additional free pre-conference events, some of which require registration, will take place Friday, Jan. 11, and focus on dance, branded entertainment, audience engagement, fund raising, youth and family programming, classical music, festivals, international presenting, opera-theater and curatorial practice.