Billy Childs, three-time Grammy Award winner, has recorded on the Windham Hill label and has worked with such great artists as Sting, Gladys Knight, Chick Corea, Michael Bublé, and Corvallis’ very own, the inimitable Chris Botti.
“Childs’ great strengths as a composer-and a pianist, as well-are his ability to create a memorable melody … his affection for moving, contrapuntal passages, his gift for finding a kaleidoscope of colorful timbres .. and the layers of emotional depth that invest everything he writes.”
Billy Childs will be accompanied by his close friend and saxophonist, Steve Wilson. Regularly cited as a favorite in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics and Readers Polls, Steve Wilson has collaborated with artists such as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, and Dianne Reeves.
“Impossible, achingly gorgeous turn on soprano saxophone …” —All About Jazz
This event included a unique opportunity rarely available to concert-goers. Both performers participated as mentors and lecturers to a group of specially selected, highly talented students who were invited to a Master Class on jazz. The public was invited to attend this event, and perhaps to learn a great deal about jazz and the piano, both in performance and composition.
Piano Jazz Institute
August 18-20, 2011
Oregon State University
An intensive summer camp for piano students ages 16 to 21. Lectures, workshops, master classes, and private lessons.
Enrollment limited to 15.
Instructors and Guest Artists:
Billy Childs, Piano
Steve Wilson, Saxophone
Dr. Matt Cooper, Piano, Third Prize 1988 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition
OSU Music Faculty
Co-sponsored by Corvallis-OSU Piano International and OSU Piano Activities