Billy Childs, jazz piano and the Ying Quartet
April 5, 2019, 7:30pm
Winner – 2018 Grammy Award, Best Jazz Instrumental Album “Rebirth”
The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series at Willamette University will present the collaboration of two distinct musical forces.
Billy Childs, has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. In addition to his numerous Grammy awards the L.A Times has written "as a pianist, he possesses the improvisatory skills and powerful sense of swing one associates with world-class artists...Childs is an inventive composer and arranger whose effort in those areas consistently expand the dimensions of the jazz genre—and beyond.”
The Ying quartet, about whom the Washington post has written, "Precarious balance where sheer agony and triumphant beauty intersect", occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world.
Together in the performance of Childs' composition, "The River, The Bird, and the Storm", an extraordinary fusion of creative energy is unleashed. Of the work Childs writes, “A recurring theme in much of my music has been a love of nature, and this is certainly the case with “The River, the Bird, and the Storm.” I wanted to compose a three movement suite with kind of an open-ended program—the titles of each movement are mere suggestions as to a storyline for the piece. In this piece, more than others that I have composed, I stayed away from a formal structure and let the music reveal to me where it wanted to go.
In addition to the Childs composition the Ying will perform landmark quartets of both Haydn and Beethoven, the “op 20 no 6” and “op 59 no 2” respectively. Please join us for what should be a fabulous evening of music-making, and a Spring celebration of new directions and beginnings.
The Ying Quartet came as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration. — The Los Angeles Times
Billy Childs and the Ying Quartet will each give a master class.
Saturday, April 6, 11:00 a.m. in Hudson Hall and Rogers Rehearsal Hall.
Admission to the classes are free and open to the public.
Willamette University Music Department
Rogers Music Center
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.