Solo Jazz Piano Concert
Roberta Piket's first ever solo piano CD is scheduled to be realased in September.
Tickets: $15/$10 students
"After years of performing primarily with a trio, this has been a fantastic adventure. Of course over the years I’ve done a number of solo performances (including Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz three times) but doing a whole CD of nothing but solo was a great challenge and I learned a lot from it. I feel my musicianship has developed in ways it wouldn’t have otherwise.
"I’m also excited that another CD I’m on will be released around the same time. As you may know, for the last few years I’ve been spending some time in Europe every year playing with several colleagues and friends there. One of the groups I regularly play with consists of Roby Glod (saxophones), Mark Tokar (bass) and Klaus Kugel (drums). They are all phenomenal musicians, and they’re all from a different countries (Luxembourg, Ukraine and Germany respectively)! We did a concert a couple of years ago in Luxembourg, and Klaus has decided to release the recording on his own well-respected Nemu Records. It will be called “Live at Op Der Schmelz”.
"What’s cool for me about these two releases happening so close together is that they are so different. The solo CD is primarily standards. In fact it’s the first time I’ve done a record of almost all standards. I felt that for my first solo recording, I wanted to start with this foundation.
"By contrast, the quartet plays originals by all the band members, and we improvise very freely on them. As Duke Ellington said, 'There are only two kinds of music – good and bad'."
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