Steinway Spirio features the wonderfully inventive composer and pianist Donal Fox. “An eloquent improviser, Donal’s music blends classical and jazz in the most persuasive way. His original style bridges a wide range — from Scarlatti to Thelonious Monk to Einaudi — and is always engaging.”
– Steinway & Sons, NY
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“Donal Fox Meets Donal Fox with Special Guest Steinway Spirio: Magical Duets“
October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
M. Steinert & Sons and Steinway Spirio are pleased to welcome the wonderfully inventive composer and pianist Donal Fox for a performance at the Regattabar Jazz Club in Cambridge.
“Donal Fox meets Donal Fox with special guest Steinway Spirio: Magical Duets”
Audiences will delight in Fox’s glorious improvisational flights up close, seated in the intimacy of the Regattabar Jazz Club. Tickets are available at http://www.getshowtix.com/
Steinway Spirio features the wonderfully inventive composer and pianist Donal Fox. “An eloquent improviser, Donal’s music blends classical and jazz in the most persuasive way. His original style bridges a wide range — from Scarlatti to Thelonious Monk to Einaudi — and is always engaging.”“Fluency across genres, ravishing technique, and a vast repertoire define the innovative amalgam of Guggenheim Fellow Donal Fox’s acclaimed work as a composer and pianist. Deftly blending, deconstructing, and summoning forth the music of Bach, Piazzolla, Schumann, Monk, Coltrane, Handel, and Radiohead among others, Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin, and classical idioms into compelling live performances that are “unique and utterly commanding” (The Boston Globe).”
—- Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
“Art Tatum on the right hand; Johann Sebastian Bach on the left; Donal Fox in the middle”
— WQXR, New York
“A composer, pianist and improviser who deftly draws from jazz and classical contemporary traditions.”
— The New York Times“Some wear the artist’s mantle lightly. Boston-bred pianist Donal Fox is one, sluicing classical and jazz streams with openhanded candor and ease. This native son has earned laurels globally for fearless, flawless, utterly logical keyboard adventures; he may perform European classics (Three Bees, Scarlatti, Chopin) and Viennese modernists (Schoenberg, Webern, Ligeti), combine them with New World strains (American jazz — Ellington, Monk, Coltrane; Afro-Cuban – Nin, Roldan, Lecuona; Argentine – Ginastera, Piazzolla) and recreate them with composed variations, improvised tangents, volcanic vamps, and Promethean eruptions.”
— Fred Bouchard, The Boston Musical Intellegencier
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steinway Artist Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as composer, pianist, and improviser in both jazz and classical music. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship in music composition, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. He served as the first African- American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony and was a visiting artist at Harvard University, where he received a Certificate of Recognition from the President of Harvard College for his contribution to the arts. Mr. Fox recently premiered his Monk and Bach Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Tanglewood, and the world premiere of his piano concerto Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra.
He has been Composer-in-Residence at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Liguria Study Center (Italy), Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, among others. Donal Fox has performed and recorded with many artists including Oliver Lake, John Stubblefield, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Regina Carter, George Mraz, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Dafnis Prieto, Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maya Beiser, Hilary Hahn, and poet Quincy Troupe, among others.
He has recorded as composer and pianist for New World Records, Evidence Records, Music & Arts, Passin’ Thru Records, Yamaha’s Original Artist Series, Steinway Spirio, and Wergo Records. His works are published by Margun Music, G. Schirmer, and Leonellis Music. He is a recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Scholar Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Fox was recently featured on the Emancipation 150 Series, presented by WQXR, part of The NEXT New York Conversation and the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Says Howard Mandel (Senior contributor to Down Beat, arts segment producer on National Public Radio, author of Miles Ornette Cecil – Jazz Beyond Jazz and Future Jazz): “Internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox is simply without peer. He is a bravura concert artist whose performance of bracingly original repertoire such as Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra and The Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project have earned him prestigious honors…gratifying residencies and appointments… and the awed applause of critic and audiences alike. Audacious and exacting though Fox’s music is, he communicates directly and seeks to elevate everyone’s musical interactions beyond expectation and conventions. Fox has a singular presence in today’s circle of serous cultural activists.