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Julian Joseph in Concert at the London Piano Festival

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Saturday 9th October at 2.00pm – Hall 1

Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge from this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has performed extensively for over two decades, firmly establishing himself as a towering figure in the contemporary jazz world. Equally admired for his electrifying piano playing and extensive compositions, he is also a respected bandleader, inspirational collaborator and an engaging broadcaster; in essence a true champion of music.

Drawing inspiration from the classical as well as the rock and pop worlds, Julian Joseph considers all influences essential to his music making, His own challenging and innovative works are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and reveal his unique voice combined with those of his predecessors.

For the London Piano Festival’s closing concert, Julian will create a unique mixture of pieces to include a selection of his own compositions linked with many well-loved jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington and Porter. All of these will be announced from the stage.

‘The London pianist Julian Joseph’s music unfolds as a dramatic narrative with each twist and subplot marked by a stab, riff or unexpected change of key. The foundations are solid; clear melodies and strong harmonic structures’ Financial Times, February 2015

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Two Piano Gala Feat at the London Piano Festival

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London Piano Festival Saturday 8th October, 7.00pm

Tonight’s concert brings together a wonderful group of pianist friends and colleagues to explore the riches, complexities and joys of music for two pianos.

The works chosen are almost exclusively from the 20th Century and include two French orchestral masterpieces in their initial, pianistically-revealing versions. A number of rarities are present including the extraordinary Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni, a true homage to the works of JS Bach and a piece greatly admired and recorded by Alfred Brendel at the beginning of his career.

Rachmaninoff’s early Suite No. 1 is, by turns, hauntingly Russian, quasi Wagnerian and strikingly minimalist in its evocation of ecstatic passion, obsessional grief and the clangorous sounds of Orthodox Easter festivities.

The third part of the concert is designed to add a fun, extended encore-like atmosphere to the proceedings with Nico Muhly’s Fast Patterns, receiving its World Premiere. This will be followed by the Roaring Twenties excitement of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a selection of sultry Piazzola Tangos and will finish with the evergreen melodies of Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess recreated for two pianos by the Australian virtuoso Percy Grainger.

Stephen Kovacevich
Katya Apekisheva
Ronan O’Hora
Charles Owen
Martin Roscoe
Kathryn Stott
Ashley Wass

Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (O’Hora & Roscoe)
Debussy Lindaraja; Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (Kovacevich & Owen)
Rachmaninoff Suite No. 1 (Owen & Apekisheva)
Ravel La Valse (O’Hora & Wass)
Nico Muhly Fast Patterns* (Owen & Apekisheva)

Milhaud Le Boeuf sur le Toit (Apekisheva & Wass)
Piazzolla Tangos (Stott & Wass)
Grainger Fantasy on Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ (Stott & Roscoe)

*World Premiere

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