Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

Terry Lower

Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

Paul Keller

Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

Pete Siers

Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

Martha Guth

Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

May Phang

Fri

1/20/2017

8:00pm

Classical, Jazz, Beyond

Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island’s Best

Hot Jazz & Cool Classical

  • $35 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $25 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $20 General Admission
  • $10 Student
  • Terry Lower, piano
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • Pete Siers, drums
  • Martha Guth, soprano
  • May Phang, piano

Event Details

Join us for a special concert benefitting the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association to help raise money for the purchase of a new piano to be used at their Baroque on Beaver Island Festival and Jazz Weekend. This concert will feature some of your favorites from Beaver Island performances in both the jazz and classical genres! All proceeds from this concert benefit the Beaver Island Piano Campaign.

Terry Lower

Terry Lower is a virtuoso jazz pianist with his own sound. A fixture on the Michigan jazz scene for years, he can be heard at his best on his Four Trios Vol. 1 and 2 CDs. Also earning the reputation as a wonderful accompanist, Terry played 2 Jazz tours in Italy with vocalists Betty Joplin and Edye Evans Hyde. While he has been a greatly in-demand sideman, working with such artists as Benny Golson, Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman and Kevin Mahogany, it is at the head of his own trio and quintet that Terry’s playing and writing are best showcased. Inspired by Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Art Tatum, Terry Lower is an exciting and fun pianist who swings hard and adds his own twist to the straight ahead jazz that he loves. Also a prolific writer and arranger, Terry's latest writing projects include full symphony arrangements for vocalist Edye Evans Hyde, who he has performed with for many years. The debut of some of these orchestrations were performed to a packed house at a concert in May, 2016 with Terry’s quartet, Edye and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Keller

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Pete Siers

Like Clark Kent, jazz percussionist Pete Siers is soft-spoken and unassuming–but put him behind a drum set, and a hard-swinging, intensely physical, dynamically sensitive drummer emerges. When Pete plays, “straight-ahead, readily apparent musical joy” can be expected, according to the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association. And Paul Pearce of Bass World magazine writes that “Pete absolutely ‘sings’ with his drum kit.” Read more.

A consummate professional, Pete has an international reputation for his “restless curiosity, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles,” according to Mike Stratton, host of the FM 89.7 radio show, “The Vinyl Side of Midnight.” Siers has played with jazz luminaries such as Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Marian McPartland, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, James Moody, Kenny Werner, David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie Daniels, Frank Morgan, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, and Barry Harris. In addition to his expansive performance career, Siers has played on over 50 recordings, including Russell Malone’s Black Butterfly on Columbia Records. He recently played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz parties and festivals across the U.S. Pete continues to perform orchestral pops shows such as trumpeter Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong Tribute and Dave Bennett’s Salute to Benny Goodman.

In addition to his performance and recording career, Pete has taught percussion and jazz drumming for over 25 years. He teaches privately as well as having taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts, Emory University, Purdue University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He was also an artist-in-residence at Interlochen School of the Arts.

Despite being a veteran teacher, Pete recognizes the impact of other musicians on his style such as New York pianist and educator Kenny Warner with his concept of “effortless mastery,” Jeff Hamilton’s dynamic showmanship, New York drummer Bill Stewart’s flawless execution and coordination, and Elvin Jones’ primitive, organic drive. But one of Pete’s greatest lessons was from Detroit saxophonist Larry Nozero back in the ’80s when Nozero told him before their show, “Rehearsals are over–it’s time to play.” “This hit my like a shot,” says Pete. “From this, I began to understand what it is to play music at the highest level. When I play, I want to go up there and disappear, to be the sound.” Siers is an authentic risk-taker who serves the music and surrenders to what it calls for.

Siers’ aspirations are as numerous as his accomplishments. The ultimate goal for his Latin quintet, Los Gatos, is to experience first-hand the roots of Afro-Cuban rhythm in its place of origin, Cuba, and to study with the masters. The Pete Siers Quartet, including two tenor saxophones and organ, will release a new CD in 2009. The repertoire is post-bop and high-energy, straight ahead jazz. Pete also has his eyes on a trio project with piano and tenor saxophone. The arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the Gene Krupa Trio from the early 1950s. This year, Pete will also continue his piano trio settings with the release of Organic Roots.

Says Siers, “Staying inspired is important, whether it’s practicing, teaching, playing, or just being a husband and father. I feel very lucky to be around positive energy.” Pete resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Stephanie Hale, and their two children, Charlie and Neva. See less.

Martha Guth

Soprano Martha Guth brings consummate musicianship, interpretive intelligence and a distinctive tonal palette to a wide range of musical styles and periods. Martha’s operatic performances include the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Grazer Oper, in Austria, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Canada, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In recital, she has performed at the Wigmore Hall and the Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson at the piano, the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Erika Switzer, world premiers at Lincoln Center, as well as performances with the Floristan Recital Project, the Liederkranz with Pianist Dalton Baldwin, an all Britten recital with Pianist Malcolm Martineau in NYC for the Five Boroughs Music Festival. Read more.

She has been recorded by the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, and the BBC Radio in the U.K. She has also performed at St John’s Smith Square in London, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Voices of Ascension in NYC, the Florida Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, and both Clavecin en Concert and the Andre Turp society in Montreal. She is proud to have worked under the batons of Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson and Richard Bradshaw among many others. Future performances include a Brahms Requiem at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., recitals in Cologne Germany, recorded for the West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR), as well as recitals in Montreal, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada, The Creation with the Concord Chorale, in New Hampshire, and performances of songs by Roberto Sierra with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, also recorded for Naxos. Martha’s first solo disc of all Schubert songs with Fortepianist Penelope Crawford will be released this coming October and celebrated with a recital at Boston College. A champion of New Music, she has premiered many pieces including works by Tom Cipullo (commissioned), Thomas Pasatieri, Stephen Chatman, John Fitz-Rogers, and Scott Gendel. Martha Curates the Casement Fund Song Series based in NYC, is a founding faculty member and co-director of the Contemporary Performance Studies program at the Vancouver International Song institute (VISI), and is the Co-creator and Co-Editor of ‘Sparks and Wiry Cries’, an ezine dedicated to scholarship, exploration and performance in Art Song. See less.

May Phang

May Phang (pronounced pong) has performed on three continents, including solo recitals and chamber music concerts in venues such as the Goethe Institute and Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore), Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur and Place-des-Arts (Montreal), the Concertgebouw (Netherlands), and the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the National Gallery, and the Chicago Cultural Center in the United States. Called “one talented pianist” by the web community Ureshi Now, her playing is described as “fluid and masterful” by Young Audiences of Indiana, and “magnificent” with ”…a mix of sensitivity and bravura” by Classical New Jersey. Read more.

A finalist in the 2007 Iowa Piano Competition and prizewinner of the Chopin Young Pianists’ Competition (Buffalo, NY), Canadian Music Competition, and Pontoise International Young Artists Competition (France), Ms. Phang has performed with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, the Banff Chamber Players, the Montreal Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has appeared at the Singapore Festival of Arts, the Montreal International Piano Festival, and the Karol Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane, Poland. Her radio and television appearances include ”Life and Times” and “Arts Around” (Singapore Broadcasting Corporation), Radio-Canada, WFLN (Philadelphia), Vermont Public Radio, and WFMT (Chicago). 2006-2007 season highlights include solo recitals in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa, soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, small ensemble recitals in Florida, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee, and a live broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Dr. Phang began her piano studies in her native Singapore and earned her Associate and Licentiate diplomas from the Trinity College of Music (London) by the age of twelve. She is a graduate of McGill University in Canada and received her doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Phang is an active music educator and is currently assistant professor of music at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She is also a teaching artist of Young Audiences of Indiana, the state’s oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs for children, has adjudicated competitions for the Waukesha Symphony and PianoArts of Wisconsin, conducted master classes at such renowned institutions as Idyllwild Arts Academy and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has given presentations for music teachers’ associations. See less.