From Bach to Bop, Caviani Trio Tonight at Gustavus

Posted on February 25th, 2013 by

The Laura Caviani Trio in Concert

The Laura Caviani Trio in Concert

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present Laura Cavani and the Laura Caviani Trio in concert, Monday, February 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The Trio includes Laura Caviani, piano, Chris Bates, bass and Dave Schmalenberger on drums. The concert is a part of the Department’s 2013 Colloquium Performance Series and is free and open to the public.

Laura Caviani, jazz pianist, composer and educator, was born and raised in Minnesota, where she currently freelances in the Twin Cities, and teaches at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. In 2010, she was a finalist for the Jacksonville, FL Jazz Piano Competition.  Her CD Going There enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts.  Music critic Bob Protzman described it as “piano trio jazz of the highest order.”  She has released five CDs as bandleader, receiving notices such as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes magazine and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Caviani has extensively toured and recorded with Concord recording artist Karrin Allyson and has performed with many other jazz luminaries, including Oleta Adams, Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Diane Schuur, and Toots Thielemans. In the Twin Cities, she has recorded with many fine artists, including Pete Whitman, whose CD Where’s When? received a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine. She holds degrees from both Lawrence University  (BM–Theory/Composition) and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. (MM–Improvisation)

Monday’s program includes a range of Caviani’s solo and trio arrangements based on works by Robert Schumann, C.P.E. Bach, Gabriel Faure, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius and Frederic Chopin. Caviani ventures into the 20th century with arrangements of compositions by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Anton Derner.

This Gustavus Colloquium Performance is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.


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