Wednesday September 16 • 7 pm
Live At The Artistic • Artistic Piano Gallery, Medford
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
Reservations: Email or 541-488-3869 for reservation or by credit card using the shopping cart below.
Siskiyou Music Project kicks off it’s 2015 Fall Concert Series with husband and wife pianists, Stephanie Trick (from St. Louis, Missouri) and Paolo Alderighi (from Milan, Italy) for their first southern Oregon appearance at the Artistic Piano Gallery in Medford on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
The two met at a piano festival in Boswil (near Zürich), Switzerland, in 2008 and started to work together in 2011 on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the Swing Era, as well as drawing from the Ragtime and Blues repertoire. The convention of four hands on one piano is very common in classical music but a fairly rare occurrence in jazz, due to the fact that jazz is an improvised music.
Following the 2012 release of their first recording project, Two for One, they have been invited to many festivals and events in the US, Europe, and Japan. Their second CD, Sentimental Journey (2014), shows their commitment to the formula of four-hands duets on one piano. Their latest album, Double Trio Live (2015), presents the classic configuration of the jazz trio – piano, bass, and drums – with piano in four hands instead of two. This combination gives Alderighi and Trick the possibility of creating arrangements of songs that include moments in trio for each pianist (which is why the project is called “Double Trio”), in which the stylistic differences between the two emerge in their individual improvisational styles, as well as moments of “tutti,” in which the four-hands duet is sustained by bass and drums.
Alderighi and Trick have performed in a variety of venues in the United States and in Europe, including the Sacramento Music Festival; the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento; the Monterey Dixieland Jazz Festival, the San Diego Jazz Festival, the Kobe Jazz Street Festival in Kobe, Japan; the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the KIG Dixieland Festival in Dresden, Germany; the Ascona Jazz Festival in Ascona, Switzerland; the Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary; Teatro Dal Verme Milano, Jazzland Wien, Bülach Jazz Club, Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and other jazz clubs.
“I love to hear Stephanie and Paolo together. They are an inspiration. Such sympatico! Such back-and-forth! Individually they are marvelous musicians—we’ve known that, but together they play 4-handed stride as it’s never been done. Brava, bravo!”
– Dick Hyman
“It is unusual to hear a piano duet that is played by four hands on just one piano. Somehow Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi manage this near-impossible feat without getting in each other’s way. Their playing is very complementary and mutually inspiring with plenty of fireworks being felt along the way. In their individual careers and together in this collaboration, Paolo and Stephanie keep the rich legacies of ragtime, stride piano, and swing alive, fresh and creative. Their CD is a joy from start to finish.”
– Scott Yanow