Jazz Piano Showcase Festival at Klavierhaus
4 days and nights. 14 fabulous pianists. In the heart of New York City.
Day One, we present 4 compelling piano masters, including
1pm A BU
Born in Beijing in 1999, A Bu stands out as one of the most promising pianists of the Chinese jazz scene. At age 4 he started to play and study classical piano. While entering Chinas most the Central Conservatory of Music at age 9, A Bu began to approach improvisation and soon developed a high interest in playing jazz. At age 15 A Bu won the First Prize & Audience Choice of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition (2015 edition). A Bu has appeared multiple times at the International Jazz Day Global Concert, where he is invited by the UNESCO and Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz to share the stage with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Igor Butman, Till Brönner, Ben Williams, Brian Blade and many international jazz stars. Until now A Bu has played at some of the worlds most well-known music venues including the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Foundation Louis Vuitton and made debuts at Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, JZ Festival, and other international jazz festivals. Taking the quality of a professional classical pianist and influence of jazz idioms, A Bu plays in a lyrical style with clarity and exquisite sense. His original music also emphasis his oriental identity. He is currently enrolled at The Juilliard School, pursuing a degree in classical piano performance under distinguished pianist Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen.
3pm MiIKI YAMANAKA
33-year old Japanese-born pianist Miki Yamanaka has called New York City home since 2012 and in the past decade has wasted no time establishing herself as one of the leading personalities of her generation on the piano and beyond. Critics laud her light, expressive touch and solidly crafted, mainstream approach - Mike Jurkovic (All About Jazz), while audiences delight in not only her playing, but her vibrant personality as well. Yamanaka has gained international recognition from her albums as a leader; her most recent and most intimate release, Stairway to the Stars (Outside In Music), features Jazz masters Mark Turner and Orlando le Fleming. Additionally, Miki has emerged as a leader of the New York Scene via her notable residencies at mainstay West Village sister clubs Smalls and Mezzrow. During the pandemic, she developed a successful in-home live-streaming weekly concert series cleverly titled Mikis Mood where she features a veritable whos who of NYC talent (including her husband and frequent collaborator - drummer Jimmy Macbride). The series showcases her vast knowledge of Jazz standards and tunes, often featuring themed offerings of various composers from both the Great American Songbook as well as iconic Jazz composers.
As a sideman, Yamanaka has worked with Jazz luminaries such as alto saxophonist Antonio Hart who posits Miki will be recognized as one of the most exceptional artists of her generation, as she is already one of the most talented and dedicated musicians from Japan. Other notable bands she currently works in include the Philip Harper Quintet and the Roxy Coss Quintet. One of her most respected mentors on piano and organ (Yamanaka also performs on organ frequently), Larry Goldings, once mused, If only I could have Miki Yamanaka comp behind me! - a compliment of the highest order from one master pianist to another. She has a myriad of glowing reviews from her recorded work and the iconic Downbeat Jazz magazine has repeatedly awarded her albums high marks.
On top of her exciting work as a bandleader in New York and abroad, Miki can often be found out and about most nights, where her infectious smile and gregarious nature engender fast friends in every audience she encounters. She has many hobbies, including cooking, knitting, and perhaps most visibly, her penchant for wearing her vast collection of kimonos on her gigs, proudly representing her heritage and culture night after night as she dazzles audiences around the world.
5pm DAVE BURRELL
Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell is an African-American performing artist of singular stature on the international contemporary music scene. His dynamic compositions with blues and gospel roots recall the tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington, as well as avant garde composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
Dave and his parents moved from Harlem, New York to Hawaii in 1946. After majoring in music at the University of Hawaii, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts graduating with degrees in composition/arranging and performance in 1965. He moved back to New York City, where he quickly established himself as one of the most innovative and original pianists, collaborating with the emerging leaders in contemporary jazz, joining the groups of alto saxophonist Marion Brown, and tenor saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp.
7:30 ARTURO O'FARRILL
Pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Arturos professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.
In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Learn more about ALJA here: http://www.afrolatinjazz.org
In December 2010 Arturo traveled with the original Chico OFarrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his fathers musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba.
Arturo has performed with orchestras and bands including his own Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Arturo OFarrill Sextet, as well as other Orchestras and intimate ensembles in the US, Europe, Russia, Australia, and South America.
JAZZHAUS AT KLAVIERHAUS (View)
790 11th Avenue
NEW YORK, NY 10019
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|