WORLD PIANO SUMMIT
Friday, October 11, 2019
WORLD PIANO SUMMIT is an evening of superb artistry with three renowned pianists: LUIZ SIMAS (Brazilian), STEVE SANDBERG (Classical and World Classical) and ARMEN DONELIAN (Armenian and Jazz). All feature previously composed as well as original works, including Solo performances and Duets with accomplished guest musicians.
Pianist, composer and vocalist LUIZ SIMAS moved to New York in 1989. His engaging performances often grace major venues including Birdland, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Room and festivals and clubs throughout the US, Europe and his native Brazil. Simas offers infectious originals, improvisations and fresh interpretations of Brazilian standards in several genres. (luizsimas.com)
“Luiz Simas draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world.
With him we all get to be Brazilian, at least for a couple of hours!”
– Judy Carmichael, pianist, on Facebook
Duet Guest: WESLEY AMORIM, guitar
Pianist/composer STEVE SANDBERG is a musical shapeshifter, remixing classical music, world music and jazz with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. He has worked with Bebel Gilberto, David Byrne, Tito Puente and was composer and musical director for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer.” (stevesandbergmusic.com)
“An exultant music…incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz.
Duet Guest: Windham Hill recording artist
SEAN HARKNESS, guitar
Pianist ARMEN DONELIAN blends diverse influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical training and his acclaimed associations with Jazz icons including Sonny Rollins. Donelian is a producer of 13 recordings, composer of 100 works, New School professor for 33 years, author of four books, Fulbright Scholar in five countries and six-time NEA Jazz Fellow. (armendonelian.com)
“His expansive improvisations occupy a beautifully elusive place somewhere between the taciturn introspection of Erik Satie’s Gnossiennes, the modal lamentations of John Zorn’s Masada songbook and the genial invention of Art Tatum’s solo recordings.”
-Jesse Simon, Downbeat
Duet Guest: MARC MOMMAAS, saxophone