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Themes and Variations: Selected Chamber Music Works of Lenny Carlson
February 9 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center - Map Link
Since 2007, Lenny Carlson has been presenting concerts of his music at Stanford performed by various musicians and ensembles. In fact, Frederick Harris played Carlson’s six-movement composition for solo piano, Earth Tones, in 2010 at Campbell Recital Hall. Frederick Harris and Andrew “Endika” Currier are true virtuosi. They have made music together in the past, and their wonderful rapport is evident in the brilliant notes they charm and coax out of their respective instruments.
This program will premiere two compositions: Thumb and Variations (for Jerry Reed) and Down by the Riverside: Theme and Variations (for Frederick Harris). Both works are eclectic in approach and based on American vernacular genres such as spirituals, the blues, and country music. There is no improvisation in these works, but the performers will improvise elsewhere in the program. The program will consist of two sets with one fifteen-minute intermission. A Q&A session will follow the concert.
Frederick Harris, Pianist; Composer; Music Educator
Frederick Harris has broad performance experience in both classical and jazz music as a soloist and an accompanist. He has performed with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Chico Freeman. He is also a music instructor at the City College of San Francisco and previously taught at Stanford. Harris received an MM in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Andrew “Endika” Currier, Double Bassist; Composer
Andrew “Endika” Currier has twenty years of performance experience in orchestral music and a variety of jazz and popular music contexts. He has performed with Larry Vuckovich, Taylor Eigsti, the Santa Cruz and Monterey symphonies, Jeff Sanford and Jeff Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra, Panthelion, Brother Grand, and Doug Ellington, among others.
Lenny Carlson, Composer; Producer; Guitarist
Lenny Carlson has produced five albums of eclectic original music including Nothing Wrong: Jeff Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Lenny Carlson. He is a Grammy-nominated composer, guitarist, and producer with more than forty years of professional credits. He teaches in the music department at the City College of San Francisco.