August 21, 2009

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Pianist Lois Svard

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Lois Svard will perform in concert on Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free to the public, features a two-piano networked performance with Genevieve Lee and an improvised work with guest artists Phil Haynes and Barry Long.

Svard also will play Kirk Nurock's "Imaginings," a jazz ballad written for her in 1997; George Crumb's "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music)," based on the famous jazz tune "Round Midnight" by Thelonius Monk; and "Blue" Gene Tyranny's "Nocturne With and Without Memory," a notated improvisation based on jazz sonorities, written for her in 1989.

Live from California
The concert will feature a performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's "Tonk," with Svard on the Weis Center stage and pianist Genevieve Lee appearing live from California via streaming audio and video.

A former faculty member at Bucknell, Lee has appeared in concert at Bucknell on several occasions. "She wasn't able to actually be in Lewisburg at this time, so we decided to try a networked performance, which will be a first for Bucknell," said Svard, professor of piano and chair of the music department at Bucknell.

A professor of music at Pomona College, Lee has given solo recitals worldwide, including New York, Paris, China, Brazil and Bulgaria; her first solo performance with orchestra was at age 12. She is a founding member of the Mojave Trio, who plays regularly on the "Sundays Live" radio broadcast concerts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A champion of new music, she has premiered and commissioned numerous works and been a guest performer with XTET, one of Los Angeles's leading new music groups.

Guest artists
Joining Svard in the Tyranny performance are jazz artists Barry Long on flugelhorn and Phil Haynes on percussion.

Long, who is an assistant professor of music and director of the Jazz Band at Bucknell, was the first to receive a doctoral degree in jazz studies from the Eastman School of Music. The recipient of a 2007 Dave Brubeck Collections research grant, he is the jazz author for an upcoming music appreciation text for Prentice Hall.

Haynes, who is jazz artist-in-residence at Bucknell, made his recording debut with the Paul Smoker Trio's "QB," which was named the Number One Jazz Album of 1985 in Coda magazine. Among his more than 40 features on LP and CD, he has 10 recordings as a leader including his ground-breaking quintet "4 Horns & What?," "Continuum" with violinist Mark Feldman, "The Hammond Insurgency" with organist Jeff Palmer, "Free Country" with cellist Hank Roberts, and "Sanctuary," a solo percussion recording.

Celebrating the avant-garde
Svard is best known for her performances and recordings of American experimental music. Critics have called her recent DVD of Annea Lockwood's "Ear-Walking Woman" "fascinating," "irresistible" and "a superb way to experience Lockwood's work."

Her performances celebrate the avant-garde in piano music, whether in the music of Franz Liszt in the 19th century, or in more recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard and microtonal tunings. Recently, Svard is also exploring the application of findings in neuroscience research to the study and performance of the piano. For more information, visit

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