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Guest Recital: Teo Ciavarella, jazz piano

About the event

Teo Ciavarella

Acclaimed Italian jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella will present a guest concert at Washington State University, Thursday, September 14th, at 8:00 pm, in Kimbrough Concert Hall on the WSU Campus. Performing with Ciavarella will be WSU Jazz Studies faculty members Greg Yasinitsky, Director of the WSU School of Music, saxophone; Horace Alexander Young, who recently returned to WSU after a number of years away, saxophone; F. David Snider, bass; and David Jarvis, drums.

Ciavarella is recognized as one of Europe’s finest jazz artists. He has been featured on over 50 albums and performed with many of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez and Geroge Garzone. Ciavarella lives in Bologna, Italy, and teaches at the Frescobaldi Conservatory in Ferrara.  Teo is regularly featured on European television and radio.

As Yasinitsky says: “Teo is an incredible musician. I have had the privilege of performing with him in Italian conservatories and nightclubs. Playing with Teo is one of the great musical thrills of my professional life. Also, he is a wonderful composer. I am sure that jazz fans from throughout our region will love is beautiful, well-crafted compositions.” A video of Ciavarella performing “St. Louis Blues” may be found at the following url.

The program will include Teo’s pieces “Arianna,” “A Place There Will Be,” “Pablo de Granada,” and his unique arrangement of “Besame Mucho.” Yasinitsky’s compositions “Partial Eclipse,” “Laura’s Bossa Nova,” and “Nights of Wind and Water” will also be performed.

Ciavarella’s appearance is made possible with the generous support of Allegro, the Student Association for Music Advocacy. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited.