Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble & The Ying Quartet

Tickets | Tuesday | February 5 | 2013 | 7:30 P.M.

Billy Childs has created a beautiful synthesis of jazz and classical music.  His impressionistic compositions inspire images of the natural world, heighten our awareness of self, and reflect the mind and the heart.  The Jazz-Chamber Ensemble totaling 10 musicians paints in sound with an extraordinary variety of tonal colors.

After apprenticing with Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson in the late seventies and early eighties, Childs’ solo jazz recording career began in 1988, when he released Take For Example, the first of four critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill Jazz label.  Most recently, Billy has recorded two volumes of jazz/chamber music – Lyric, Vol. 1 (2006) and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2 (2010) – music which is an amalgam of jazz and classical elements, developed over the course of ten years.

Childs has garnered ten Grammy nominations and three Grammy awards: two for best instrumental composition and one for best arrangement accompanying a vocalist.  In 2009, Childs was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2006 was awarded a Chamber Music America composer’s grant.

As a pianist Childs has recently performed with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, the Ying String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, and Chris Botti.  In January 2010, The Detroit Symphony premiered Childs’ Concerto For Violin And Orchestra with Regina Carter as soloist.

The Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.  Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.