Tuesday April 25 | 8:30 pm
Cory Smythe, Mabel Kwan$10Grammy Award winning pianist Cory Smythe + Chicago-based Mabel Kwan
Cory Smythe – solo piano
Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music. Grammy awarded alongside violinist Hillary Hahn, he is featured as soloist on ICE’s 2013 release on Mode Records in Iannis Xenakis’s ‘Palimpsest’. Smythe performs in collaboration with a wide array of jazz and creative artists, among them, most recently, Peter Evans, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton. This season will see the release of recordings featuring Smythe in projects led by Tyshawn Sorey and Nate Wooley. Smythe’s own album, Pluripotent — described by celebrated jazz pianist Jason Moran as “hands down one of the best solo recordings I’ve ever heard” — is available for free download at corysmythe.bandcamp.com.
Mabel Kwan – solo piano
Chicago-based, Austin-born pianist Mabel Kwan has been praised by the Chicago Classical Review for “stunning virtuosity, musicality and resourcefulness that was almost as enjoyable to watch as to hear.” She is a pianist for Ensemble Dal Niente and the trio Pesedjet. Her recent solo albums, one poetic switch and Inventions feature new works written for her on clavichord and piano. She presents new solo piano and chamber music programs that deviate ever so slightly from the traditional concert experience. http://mkwan.com/mabel/pianist.html
photo of Mabel Kwan by Aleks Karjaka