Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 4 PM
The Spirit of Jazz
This concert is a celebratory event, capping off the winter term course entitled Jazz, Civil Rights, and Hip Hop, which was team-taught by Shirish Korde and Matthew Jaskot. The course examined the inter-relationship of music and race in America, with a particular focus of the development of Jazz through the lens of segregation and the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. The intersection of Jazz and Hip-Hop in the work of Kendrick Lamar was additionally considered, as well as various artistic responses to recent events, including the death of Geoge Floyd and the ensuing demonstrations led by the Black Lives Matter Movement. This program will feature the sounds of ragtime, early Jazz, Jazz standards as played by Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, and Jaskot's improvisations on works by Lamar and Stevie Wonder.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 7 PM
Order and Chaos
Matthew Jaskot performs György Ligeti's first book of piano études. These groundbreaking compositions composed in the 1980s continue the rich tradition of concert études (Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, etc.) while also drawing on a variety of inspirations such as Central African polyphony, the player piano music of Conlon Nancarrow, jazz, and fractal geometry among others. The program will be presented in a lecture-recital format, including commentary on each of the six virtuosic works.