Herb Alpert Music Center, Yamaha Corporation, and Keyboard Concepts
Herb Alpert Music Center Los Angeles City College. 855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029
Herb Alpert Music Center, Yamaha Corporation, and Keyboard Concepts are proud to present the inaugural season of the Yamaha Artist Concert Series. This series will feature some of the most exciting names in jazz, classical, and contemporary piano music today with intimate solo recitals in the beautiful Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall at Los Angeles City College, played on a wonderful brand new Yamaha DCFX grand piano.
Nov 20: Gerald Clayton
Gerald Clayton is one of the most exciting artists in the jazz world today. The four-time GRAMMY nominated pianist and composer has performed and recorded with such distinguished artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, and John Scofield to name a few. The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, he enjoyed a familial apprenticeship from an early age. Clayton honors the legacy of his father and all his musical ancestors through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation, and reinvention.
Feb 20, 2020: Inna Faliks
Adventurous and passionate (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the worlds great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.
March 19, 2020: Carol Welsman
Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed Canadian singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages (including Portuguese) and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, samba, R & B, pop and jazz. She delivers a mix of American Songbook classics and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic.
April 16, 2020: Lara Downes
Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes playing has been called ravishing by Fanfare Magazine, “luscious, moody and dreamy by The New York Times, and “addicting” by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene.
May 14, 2020: David Kaplan / Timo Andres piano duo
Pianist/composer Timo Andres and pianist/non-composer David Kaplan have performed together since they met as students at the Yale School of Music 2007, and have since appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, Washington’s National Gallery, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and more. https://andres.com/ Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, he has received wide acclaim for an album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, and for his debut album, Shy and Mighty. As a pianist, Timo has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and elsewhere; performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge; collaborated with Philip Glass, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, the Los Angeles Dance Project, John Adams, and others.