|Period||Feb 15wed – 19sun , 2017|
|Venue||Alpensia Concert Hall, (PyeongChang, Gangwon-do)|
The classical portion of the festival can easily be called a “Parade of Young Stars” as pianist Yeol Eum Son has won high honors at the world’s most prestigious competitions, violinist Ji Young Lim captured the top prize in the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, the internationally renowned cellist Isang Enders and soprano Maggie Finnegan who is the 2016 winner of International Singers Competition at the Kennedy Center. Yeol Eum Son concludes the orchestral concert with Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue, while jazz breezes blow through other music by Ravel, Bernstein and Gershwin. The chamber music concert features melodies from an earlier age, but jazz overtones cannot be missed in songs offered by Maggie Finnegan. Another special rarity is the jazzy cello concerto by Gulda, presented as a keystone of the orchestra concert.
Jazz is a kind of music where you find joy in discovery through the spirit of improvisation. John Beasley will introduce jazz for the first time in the program in a five-concert program featuring the variety and versatility of John Beasley’s musical interests. He will perform absorbing solo piano pieces, Contemporary jazz with his 3 Brave Souls band, showcase modern be-bop with a septet ensemble, and pay tribute to one of jazz legends most innovative composer Thelonious Monk who marks his centennial in 2017.
John Beasley will play a suite of piano pieces that takes you through the arc of his influences and thoughts from classical, blues, be-bop, to modern expressions in jazz
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With another Miles Davis’s alumni Darryl Jones, John Beasley formed 3 Brave Souls to play contemporary jazz. Beasley and Jones took their jazz sensibilities and injected the music with contagious, penetrating R&B grooves with sweet sounds of southern soul
With 7 master instrumentalists, Beasley will play music from his Grammy-nominated album Positootly! which Jazz Times described as “This is what Jazz is all about: creative, virtuosic musicians with a high level of technique and artistry. People will look back at this album as one of the first Jazz classic albums of the 21th century.”
Pianist jazz icon Thelonious Monk is renowned for his distinctive writing and playing style. Beasley takes Monk’s music, some written 80 years ago and captures his spirit, humor and unbounded swing in fresh arrangements infused with a New Orleans flavor, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors.