Siskiyou Music Project presents Grammy-nominated pianist Art Lande and Grammy-winning multi-reeds player Paul McCandless with their quartet featuring bassist Hans Halt and drummer Alan Hall in a performance at the Artistic Piano Gallery in Medford on Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
Art Lande is considered one of the premier improvisational jazz pianists today. He began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College, and moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further. In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson, and by the mid-1970’s had started his own jazz school. In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande in 1987 moved to Boulder, Colorado. He appears in many of the “Who’s Who in Jazz” encyclopedias available today for his role in the development of “Chamber Jazz.”
During a distinguished career spanning more than four decades, Paul McCandless has brought a soaring lyricism to his playing of the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones, and a collection of folk flutes. As a collaborator and solo artist, he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, and the String Cheese Incident. He won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental as a guest artist with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and his composition “Round Robin” on the album “Oregon in Moscow” later received Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist, he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, The St. Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles, and Stuttgart symphony orchestras. He continues as an integral member of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet OREGON.