April 20, 2015
This week's Cutting Edge Concert marries jazz with contemporary music for solo piano. Miho Hazama's m_unit jazz ensemble, joined by saxophone soloist Steve Wilson, will perform Hazama's "Journey to Journey" as well as compositions by composer/trombonist Scott Ninmer and composer/reed player Chris Reza. Pianist Paul Barnes opens the program with a set of world premieres by Lukas Floyd, Jason Bahr and Zack Stanton.
Originally from Tokyo, Miho Hazama is an award-winning composer and arranger with a highly distinctive and original sound. Ms. Hazama released her debut album "Journey to Journey" with her m_unit jazz ensemble, which received universal praise from NPR, DownBeat, JazzTimes, and Jazz Japan Magazine. m_unit has played all over New York, gracing the stages of venues such as Blue Note and The Jazz Gallery. Internationally acclaimed saxophone soloist Steve Wilson will be joining m_unit for the performance of Hazama's Journey to Journey.
Praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," and the San Francisco Chronicle as "ferociously virtuosic," pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. Barnes' eleventh CD The American Virtuoso features the music of Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Joan Tower.
Jason Bahr Five Preludes
Zack Stanton Scenic Route
Lukas Floyd Piano Thoughts I and II
Paul Barnes, piano
Scott Ninmer Too Late
Chris Reza Killing Mr. Softee
Miho Hazama Journey to Journey
About Cutting Edge Concerts:
Composer and conductor Victoria Bond is the founder and director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. CEC has been called "a full-throttle commitment to contemporary music" by Chamber Music America, and "a gift to New Yorkers thirsty for new sounds" by Time Out New York. Now in its 18th season, highlights of this year's festival include the festival's debut with American Modern Ensemble at Subculture (April 6), a Thomas Jefferson Birthday Bash (April 13) featuring violinist Frank Almond and the Sirius Quartet performing world premieres, the Cutting Edge Concerts debut of Miho Hazama's m_unit jazz ensemble (April 20) and pianist Paul Barnes, and a staged workshop performance of Victoria Bond's opera Clara, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann (April 27) featuring Gramercy Trio. More information about the festival is at CuttingEdgeConcerts.org.
Note: All performances are at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, except April 6 at SubCulture.