Declared “one of the most successful classical/jazz unions in recent memory” by All About Jazz, Donal Fox and the Scarlatti Jazz Suite project will bring an electric energy to the June Swaner Gates Concert hall. Fox plays with an improviser’s spirit of adventure, whether playing stride piano on Baroque repertoire, or blending the harmonic language of the New Viennese School with bebop. Be prepared to be wowed as he de- and reconstructs Bach, Piazzola, Schumann, and Schoenberg, adding propulsive grooves and using composed themes as springboards for glorious improvisational flights. Fox has earned a reputation for fluency across genres which has led to collaborations with jazz artists like David Murray, John Stubblefield, and Oliver Lake, as well as the Richmond Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony. With his wide-ranging tastes and virtuosity you can also expect music from Monk, Coltrane and Ornette Coleman to round out the evening.
2 April 2015