Thursday, June 8, 2017

USA: Jacob Burns Film Center Presents The The Ballad of Fred Hersch

Film Showing
The Ballad of Fred Hersch
Live solo piano performance
by Fred Hersch

Q&A with fellow composer/pianist Mike Holober 
Thursday, Jun. 22 2017, 7:30

With three dozen recordings as a leader/coleader and numerous awards, including a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and Jazz Pianist of the Year 2011 by The Jazz Journalists Association, Fred Hersch is also the first artist in the history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist. He has received eight Grammy nominations—as pianist and composer (two in 2012 for Alone at the Vanguard).

Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of artists in jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell), classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley), and Broadway (Audra McDonald), and has exerted a profound influence on a new generation. His celebrated trio received two 2014 Grammy nominations, for Floating, and, in 2011, he mounted the ambitious jazz theater piece My Coma Dreams. His newest release, Fred Hersch SOLO, has received rave reviews, including this from All About Jazz: “When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.”

Hersch and Holober are collaborating on the concept and form for a concert-length jazz orchestra project involving Holober’s arrangements of Hersch’s compositions.

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

This series is sponsored by:
Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan

Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570