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The University of Kansas School of Music and the Hall Center for the Humanities are co-presenting jazz pianist Randy Klein's Two Duos in concert

Sunday, February 5, 2012

LAWRENCE– The University of Kansas School of Music and the Hall Center for the Humanities are co-presenting jazz pianist Randy Klein's Two Duos in concert on Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Klein is the 2011-12 Hall Center Simons Public Humanities Fellow and will be in residence at the Hall Center for the Humanities for the month of February. The February 11 concert will also feature trombonist Chris Washburne and saxophonist Ole Mathesin. Both Washburne and Mathesin are on the faculty at Columbia University in New York City.

Klein has said, “Accompanying great musicians is a challenge.” He continued, “First and foremost, duo playing is an ongoing conversation between two musicians. One musician speaks, then the other, then sometimes both at the same time. As the accompanist, I have to be completely supportive of their interpretations, and at the same time, make sure that my musical voice is emerging.”

In describing duo performance, Klein said, “Both players are always totally exposed. The accompanist has to lay down the harmony, rhythm, fill in the spaces and be ready to solo. When the accompanist turns soloist, the solo instrument becomes the orchestra (one instrument orchestra) playing the inner voices, adding color, rhythm and nuance to back the piano solo.”

For more information please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit http://www.music.ku.edu

Randy Klein is an accomplished pianist, composer, record producer, educator, clinician and the president of Jazzheads, an independent record label featuring improvised music. He was awarded the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship at the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU for the 2011-2012 academic year. He is the recipient of the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre. His song cycle, Lineage, won the 2009 CAP Grant sponsored by the American Music Center. He is the winner of four Southern Regional Emmy Awards: 1996-for the original score to the 90 minute film-documentary titled Richard Wright (Black Boy) PPS/BBC. He won the 1998, 1999 and 2002 Southern Regional Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Collaborative Achievement for Composer for his work on Ticktock Minutes (PBS), and Ticktock Minutes is the winner of the 1999 National Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement. He has been nominated for a 1998 and 2010 Jerry Boch Award for his theater composition. He is the winner of the USA Songwriting Competition 2005 in the jazz category and top two in the overall category for his composition Data. He is the winner of gold records for songs recorded by Polydor recording artist Millie Jackson, and composed and produced the dance hit Watch The Closing Doors for the RCA group IRT. He has had songs recorded by Candy Staton, Sarah Dash (formerly of LaBelle), the rap group Black Sheep, Memphis Bleak, and Sesame Street. As a pianist, Klein performs in various ensembles including Two Duos, Solo Improvised Piano, and a quintet, and has performed at venues such as Birdland, Klavierhaus, Trumpets, and the historic Union of Composers Club (Moscow). His music has also been featured at many jazz and music conventions in Chicago, New York and at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Klein’s improvisation project, Two Duos, received rave reviews for the release of the CD Sunday Morning (May 2010), featuring trombonist Chris Washburne and Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev performing with Klein on piano. A new Two Duos release titled, Inner Voice, featuring bassist, Boris Kaslov and guitarist, Alex Skolnick was released in 2011. His solo improvised piano recordings include: Randy Klein’s Jazzheads (Jazzheads), Underground Romantic (Jazzheads), Just My Imagination (Slider Music) and Love Notes From The Bass (Jazzheads), Broadway Remembers (Main Street Productions), How Sweet It Is, Rock-A-Bye Baby (Rock Candy Music), Invitation In (Jazzheads), Piano Christmas (Jazzheads) and The Flowing (Jazzheads). Klein is the composer of For My People, a song cycle featuring the poetry of American author, Margaret Walker, featured at the Furious Flower Poetry Festival at James Madison University and the University of Kansas. The music premiere of the renowned poem by Margaret Walker was April 2, 2011, at James Madison University with a 52-voice chorale. Klein’s documentary film scores include: National Emmy winner Free To Dance (PBS Great Performances) and National Emmy winner Beyond Tara – The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel (American Movie Classics) and Richard Wright – Black Boy (PBS/BBC production). His music can be heard at the Burial Ground Museum in lower Manhattan and at the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC. His musical theater works include Move!, a dance musical commissioned by the Royal Theatre Carre', Amsterdam (premiered April, 1992); I Don't Do Club Dates, staged reading at the Victory Theater September, 1991 by the National Musical Theater Network and at the John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood, NJ, January 1994; and Capture The Moon, based on the Eastern European folklore stories of the Wise Men of Chelm. In 1989, I Don't Do Club Dates earned Randy a BMI Foundation grant for artistic promise in theater composition; Falling Apart, a chamber musical utilizing elements of both musical theater and the jazz concert; Bucky And His Friends, a full-length contemporary vaudeville show for stage, video and CD; Flambe’ Dreams (formerly) The Thing About Joe, an original musical about a man who dreams of becoming a great maitre'd. Flambe Dreams has been performed in readings and workshops from 2006-2011 at: The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, BMI Showcase , Musical Mondays at the Jerry Orbach Theatre, TRU readings , Groundup Productions, and The York Theatre. He is a member emeritus of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS and an alumnus/visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a music educator conducting clinics on various elements of music and the business of music to universities. Randy Klein is an exclusive Steinway artist.

Chris Washburne has been called “one of the best trombonists in New York” by The New York Times and was voted as a Rising Star of the Trombone in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Downbeat Critic’s Poll. He has recorded over 150 albums and performed with numerous jazz and Latin groups including Tito Puente, Anthony Braxton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ruben Blades, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, and Eddie Palmieri. Washburne’s Latin jazz group, SYOTOS, pushes the genre into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary up-tempo beats with a driving sound, or as the New York Times states "SYOTOS plays with fire with erudition!" The SYOTOS release, Paradise In Trouble, on Jazzheads Records, was nominated as the best Latin jazz records of 2004. Their most recent release, Fields of Moons (2010), was voted the best jazz release of the week by All About Jazz. Washburne also co-leads the jazz quartet FFEAR which was recently featured on NPR’s JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater. He is associate professor of ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the founding director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. His newest book, Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York, was published in 2008 by Temple University Press. He co-edited the volume Bad Music (2004) and is currently working on a book on Latin jazz which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

An 18-year veteran of the New York Jazz and Studio Scene, Ole Mathisen has established himself as someone with a unique voice both as an instrumentalist and as a composer, relentlessly experimenting and pursuing new standards for himself through playing and writing. Jerry D'Souza of All About Jazz writes: "His saxophone wanders into seductive odd time signatures…riding an angular trail, adding fast jabs and a tumble of notes that blow across in an intense whirl." Charles Farrell of eMusic writes: "Mathisen has already moved away from any forebears into his own territory." Mathisen continues to tour worldwide, teach, and contribute to numerous recordings every year. With the group FFEAR, he was awarded the Chamber Music America "New Jazz Works" grant of 2009. The premiere of his CMA composition, Mirage, was featured on NPR’S JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has performed and/or recorded with many of the world's most recognized artists including: Louie Vega, Paula Cole, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Hiram Bullock, William Kennedy, Tom Coster, Mark Egan, Steve Smith, Mino Cinelu, Peter Erskine, Eddie Gomez, Badal Roy, Rufus Reid, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Claudio Roditi, Will Lee, LaVerne Baker, Abraham Laboriel, Randy Brecker, Kenwood Dennard, Gil Goldstein, Lew Soloff, Tiger Okoshi, Michael Gibbs, Harvie Swartz, Jon Christensen, Gary Husband, Cyro Batista, Bill Bruford, Kenny Barron, Bob Moses, David Liebman, Jeff Berlin, Hilton Ruiz, Adam Nussbaum, Raphael, Frankie Valli, Mamak Khadem, Keiko Lee, Amir ElSaffar, Paolo Vinaccia, Kazumi Watanabe, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and Dream Theater.

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