Wave Hill’s 50th anniversary festivities reach a crescendo this spring with Night Lights, when visitors will be invited to enjoy Wave Hill in the evening. In addition to engaging art on the grounds and in Glyndor Gallery, and extended hours in The Shop and The Café, informal piano performances will take place in the Mark Twain Room of Wave Hill House—the sets will range from classical and jazz to show tunes and works composed by the guest pianists. For more about admission to the grounds for Night Lights, see here. The pianists on Night Lights evenings are:
Jazz pianist Janice Friedman plays virtually non-stop in New York City, where she can be found gracing Cole Porter’s piano at the Waldorf Astoria and at Kitano where she recorded her latest CD, Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano. Equally well regarded as a soloist and for her small ensemble and big band affiliations, Friedman has been a highlight at the JVC, Newport and Guinness Jazz Festivals. Born in the Bronx, she rose to prominence as a young child, when she won numerous classical piano competitions which brought her performances at Carnegie Hall. Hear her on youtube.
At Night Lights: May 15, May 17, May 22 and May 24
Jazz pianist and composer Randy Ingram has been hailed as “astute [and] self-possessed” by The New York Times. His latest recording, Sky/Lift, was released last year on Sunnyside Records and applauded by All About Jazz NY which stated: “Ingram and his band consistently get it right.” A protégé of pianists Alan Pasqua, Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch, Ingram was raised in Laguna Beach, California and attended the University of Southern California and the New England Conservatory of Music before moving to Brooklyn. Hear him on youtube.
At Night Lights: April 23, April 24, April 26
Composer and pianist Gregg Kallor's music fuses the classical and jazz traditions he loves into a new, deeply personal language. His recent solo recording, A Single Noon, is a musical tableau of life in New York City that evokes moments of caffeinated bliss, embarrassing subway mishaps and the buzzing energy of a city driven by dynamic, thoughtful, talented and slightly crazy people. Kallor premiered A Single Noon at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2011, and he is the inaugural Composer-In-Residence at SubCulture, a major downtown Manhattan venue. Hear him on youtube.
At Night Lights: May 7, May 8, May 10, May 14
Cuban born pianist David Virelles integrates his early experiences in a musical family, formal studies and the folkloric roots of his homeland into his music. His newest album, Mbòkó, was released on the Munich label ECM in the fall of 2014. It was declared “superb” by The New York Times and included in the Best of Year Lists on NPR, iTunes and The Village Voice. Virelles was the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson Prize with the honor bestowed upon Virelles by the legendary artist, and he has performed with leading figures including Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Hermeto Pascoal and Chucho Valdés.
At Night Lights: April 30, May 1 May 3