Spring 2016 Schedule
Melissa Aldana, Saxophone with Pablo Menares and Jochen Rueckert
Friday, January 22
6:30 pm: Pre-performance Discussion/Dinner
8:00 pm: Performance
Winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female to take first prize in the event’s history, formidable Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana stirs Afro-Latin grooves and Chilean street music into swing standards, originals and free-form improvisations. A new voice in jazz’s global vocabulary, her individuality and diverse musical and cultural heritage blend seamlessly with influences including Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner and Sonny Rollins. Her trio includes fellow Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and Allan Mednard on drums.
Gabriel Kahane and Timo Andres
Saturday, April 9
A leading voice among young composer/performers redefining 21st-century music, Gabriel Kahane has appeared with artists as varied as Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, Punch Brothers, Audra McDonald and 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. A star composer/pianist in his new generation of American mavericks, Timo Andres weaves together “the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno” (National Public Radio). These two friends throw caution to the wind in a free associative program bringing together four centuries of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres composed by Gabriel and Timo for one another.
Abigail Washburn and Friends
Sunday, April 17
Singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn (Béla Fleck duo, Sparrow Quartet, Uncle Earl) creates inventive cross-cultural takes on folk and old-time music with haunting, bare-bones songs, evocative vocals and earthy sophistication. Fluent in Mandarin and armed with profound connections to communities across the Pacific, her efforts to share international musical traditions exist with the hope that cultural understanding and the communal experience of beauty and sound rooted in tradition will lead the way to a richer existence. Here, she joins forces with Silk Road Ensemble Members: tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and sheng player Wu Tong.