"... one of the rare artists who successfully straddles the divide between jazz improvisers and classical interpreters." - New Orleans Times-Picayune
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
The recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition, Gregg Kallor is a pianist/composer whose perspective and talent challenges conventional ideas about musical genres.
Although classically trained, his love of jazz has led him in new directions. Kallor has studied with a number of the jazz greats, including Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, and later Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory of Music. Recently Kallor conducted the world premiere of My Coma Dreams, a jazz theater production by Hersch and Herschel Garfein. In 2012 he founded the Single Noon Records label - distributed by Naxos of America - which focuses on music unbound by conventional genre and category restrictions. In concert Kallor will present one of his most recent and well-received works, A Single Noon - a musical tableau of life in New York City told through a combination of composed music and improvisation. This is music, according to Hersch, that "... has clearly absorbed the past and looks to a bright and borderless musical future."
Supported by the Cityfolk Legacy Jazznet Endowment and the ArtsLIVE Endowment.
Select the image at right to view a music video of Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash in performance.Gregg Kallor.