Piano Off-Stage

Complete Lineup of Off-Stage Pianists

Wed, 22.11.18.15

Restaurants und Bars in Luzern

Free admission


Piano-Festival

18.11.-26.11. 2017

 

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    22.

    Nov

    Wednesday
    18.15

    Restaurants und Bars in Luzern

    Piano Off-Stage

    Complete Lineup of Off-Stage Pianists

    Blue notes are just as much part of the piano summit in Lucerne as Alberti bass figurations or the Neapolitan sixth. Jazz experts also perform: at Piano Off-Stage, the small but fine jazz festival within the festival. We have invited eight internationally acclaimed masters of improvisation who will enchant us late into the night with swing and boogie-woogie, tenderly dreamy or blazing and grooving performances, from Wednesday to Sunday. Their venue will be just where this art is shown to best advantage: in the atmospheric ambience of Lucerne’s bars and restaurants, in other words, “off stage.”

    Ayako Shirasaki

    Jazz also has its prodigies: Ayako Shirasaki was only a teenager when she won numerous competitions in her native Japan and began performing regularly in Tokyo’s jazz clubs. Afer her classical training, she transferred to Kenny Barron and Ted Rosenthal at the Manhattan School of Music, quickly making a name for herself in the New York scene, and she has played with such artists as Kenny Garrett, Lewis Nash, and John Benitez. She has also toured in Germany and Japan.
     

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    Maurice Imhof

    Just 21 years old, he’s already been invited twice to the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento. Maurice Imhof, winner of the Swiss Youth Ragtime Piano Competition in 2011 and currently a student at the Zurich University of the Arts, is someone worth paying attention to. He performs regularly with David Ruosch and Buddha Scheidegger. And he loves to present classical music in jazz arrangements – as on his debut CD, Classic Meets Jazz.
     

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    Alessandro d’Episcopo

    When he was a 13-yearold, Alessandro d’Episcopo decided to devote his life to music. More precisely: to jazz. And so afer he fnished his classical training at the conservatory of his native Naples, he moved to Montreux to earn his degree in jazz. Since then he has become an integral part of the Swiss scene, whether as a member of Jürg Morgenthaler’s J.M. Rhythm Four or as art of a trio with Hämi Hämmerli and Elmar Frey.
     

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    Olaf Polziehn

    In recent years, Olaf Polziehn, who was born 1970 in Ludwigsburg, has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most sought-after jazz pianists. Evidence of this includes his concerts and CDs with such musicians as Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Take 6, Al Foster, Bobby Durham, Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, and many others. The pianist Monty Alexander has written of him: “Olaf is in possession of outstanding piano technique and a wondrous touch.” And Bob Mintzer remarked: “Olaf Polziehn is a terrific pianist! He draws upon the tradition and then takes the music to interesting new places, always with a keen sense of taste and style. He makes everyone in the band sound good and is a great conversationalist. All the ingredients for a great piano player!” Olaf Polziehn has been a professor at the Graz University of Art since October 2008.

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    Addison Frei

    What has he not yet achieved? He’s the winner of numerous competitions, most recently the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition, and has earned two Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards from the ASCAP. With his AMP Trio, he has toured all over the United States and has already released several CDs. And Addison Frei, who was born in 1992 in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently resides in New York, is still just at the beginning of his career!
     

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    Lluís Coloma

    Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes, and Alan Price: they all inspired Lluís Coloma, who was born in 1973 in Barcelona, to develop a style all his own. As one of Europe’s most sought-afer blues- and boogie-woogie pianists, he has made music with Barrelhouse Chuck and Axel Zwingenberger, as well as with Sax Gordon, Manu Dibango, and Sharon Jones and has guested at all of the leading festivals. From 2003 to 2011 he led the Barcelona Blues Festival.

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    Tommy Weiss

    From blues of the deepest black to fast-paced boogie-woogie and thrilling stride piano, Tommy Weiss has made a name for his inexhaustible wealth of ideas and funky grooves, his knack for swinging improvisation, and his refreshingly unconventional playing technique. Born in 1968 in Bensheim in southern Hesse, Germany, he makes the familiar standards sound new and excites listeners with his own virtuoso compositions. And on top of this, he also happens to be a gifed cartoonist.
     

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    Rossano Sportiello

    From Ascona to San Diego, from New York to Edinburgh: Rossano Sportiello, who was born in 1974, is an internationally celebrated stride piano virtuoso – and that’s been the case since the 1990s, when he frst captured attention as a member of the Milano Jazz Gang and for his gigs with Barry Harris and Dan Barrett. Jazz versions of the music of Schubert, Liszt, and Chopin are also among Sportiello’s specialties. In 2009 he won the Ascona Jazz Award.
     

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