Monday, April 6, 2015

Jacqueline Schwab, Improvisational Pianist in Concert, April 19, 2015


Jacqueline makes an audience of strangers feel like old friends. She merges the atmosphere of an old-fashioned intimate evening in the parlor with a modern evening in a folk club. She shares both meditative and lively pieces, well-known and lesser-known ones. Her informal remarks paint a picture of the era and make the music accessible.

Jacqueline plays "gorgeously spare piano" (The Boston Globe) yet "sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips" (Sing Out). Chosen by the renowned Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing, Jacqueline has performed on the soundtracks for the Grammy award-winning Civil War, the Emmy award-winning Baseball and Mark Twain, among others.

Jacqueline's signature style defies easy categorization, fitting somewhere in the crossover between folk, traditional, classical and new age music. Although many people connect improvisation with jazz, Jacqueline's inspirations are traditional music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and America, blues, vintage tangos, Bach's dance suites, nineteenth-century parlor piano, and the turn-of-the-twentieth-century sounds of Satie, Debussy and Bartok for starters. In the unique Third Stream program at New England Conservatory of Music, from which Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors, she was encouraged to meld different musical traditions into a personal style. She has " an uncanny sensitivity to the moods and proprieties of music from other eras," wrote New England Folk Almanac reviewer Scott Alarik.

Sunday, April 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Hamilton
170 Dundurn St South
$20; $15 senior; $5 student

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