By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. —Two of the hottest and youngest jazz stars on the scene today – pianist Taylor Eigsti and guitarist Julian Lage – will perform in concert on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. [this performance originally was scheduled for Jan. 28]
The concert, which is free to the public, is the final event in the spring semester's Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series at Bucknell, a series made possible by generous funding from the Weis family.
The duo has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Symphony Hall in Boston, and the Ouro Preto Jazz Festival in a Brazilian tour that included performances in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Eigsti, who is in his mid-20s, began playing the piano at the age of four and made his professional debut four years later – that's at the age of eight! – as an opening act for jazz pianist David Benoit. In the years since, he has received wide and powerful acclaim for both his technical proficiency and his mature, intuitive playing style.
As pianist and composer, he has released four solo albums. He has shared the stage with well-known and respected artists including Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Rufus Reid, Alan Broadbent and Red Holloway.
Eigsti has been a guest with Marian McPartland on her Peabody Award-winning National Public Radio program. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and has accompanied the classical vocalists Sylvia McNair and Frederica von Stade on several recitals.
He has served as a faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1999, and has taught a class called "Jazz Goes to College" at the San Jose State Jazz Workshop for five years. His composition, "Past Voices," was featured on Windham Hill Records' 25th anniversary piano collection Windows: 25 Years of Piano.
Classically trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the young guitarist Julian Lage also has studied at Sonoma State University, Ali Akbar College of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston.
His first recorded effort is as a featured performer on Gary Burton's album, Generations, released in April 2004 on Concord Records. Three of Lage's original compositions appear on the album, alongside tunes by Pat Metheny, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Oscar Peterson.
Lage appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival last year with Gary Burton on the JVC Stage; more recently, he has appeared on Newport's Guitar Stage alongside pianist Taylor Eigsti.
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