Conceived and presented by Fred Adler, this unique and dynamic meeting of both pure jazz and classical virtuoso performances within the same concert is surely historically rare, if not in fact totally unprecedented.
A merging of the two forms, identified as “Third Stream Music,” has been visited frequently; however, this night will present absolute thematic purity of each style, performed by two master violinists and pianists combining as violin / piano duos.
The two charismatic and award winning young violinists will also combine forces, collaborating for the first time anywhere to perform the classical and jazz idioms together, including original compositions.
Emma Steele, violin
Ian Scarfe, piano
Mads Tolling, violin
Colin Hogan, piano
24-year-old Emma Steele is a rising young artist renowned for her fresh musical style of playing. Steele perfomed as part of the Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series in April, 2014. A Klein Competition winner, she currently holds position as one of the concertmasters of the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel) in Copenhagen.
Ian Scarfe is a noted keyboardist and is founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.
Mads Tolling is an internationally known violinist, violist and composer and is a former member of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet. Tolling’s Jazz Europa performed as the Main Event artist at the 2014 Sonoma – Mendocino Whale & Jazz Festival. He has performed all over the U.S including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Grass Valley Performance Arts, Summerlin Library in Las Vegas, Blues Alley in Washington, DC, and at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC, in front of the Danish Crown Prince and Princess.
Colin Hogan has performed on 5 continents playing everything from jazz, funk, salsa and hip-hop to tango and Balinese gamelan. He has performed with many legendary jazz musicians including James Moody, Peter Erskine, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Ayers and Maria Schneider.
“Genuinely original in its conception, this concert will present both stellar jazz
and classical performances on the same night, including stirring collaborations.”
– Fred Adler, KTDE 100.5 FM
No host cocktail, wine and beer bar will be open. Tickets are $28 advance, $5 more day of performance and youth 17 and under are free with adult. For advance purchase, visit Brown Paper Tickets. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.
Two virtuoso violinists bring worlds together
By J. Stephen McLaughlin
On Saturday night, Jan. 31, Fred Adler, the coast’s creative jazz impresario, brought together two worlds of music in a world-class classical/jazz blend.
In fact, violinist Emma Steele had flown in from her base in Copenhagen, Denmark, just for this Gualala Arts concert; she’s the concertmaster of the Danish Opera Orchestra.
She shared the stage with jazz violinist Mads Tolling, whose book ranges from innovative interpretations of great jazz standards to ballads inspired by his Danish childhood.
The two violinists had mighty piano accompanists, Ian Scarfe with Steele, and Colin Hogan with Tolling. In the first half of the concert, Steele took the audience on a tour of the violin repertoire beginning with Bach, two passionate pieces from romantic period, a romp with Gershwin, and a mesmerizing minimalist piece by John Adams. Scarfe showed his mettle, particularly with some piano pyrotechnics for the Gershwin, and focused, complex rhythms for the Adams.
We’re sorry that the lack of a hand mike made Steele’s interstitial comments difficult for the audience to hear.
The second half opened with Tolling and Hogan exploring Thelonious Monk, and ranged through jazz and tango (with Hogan on accordion). Hogan just about stopped the show when lighted juggling balls materialized from his right hand while his left kept the rhythm on the piano. Few violin duo concerts combine Bach, tango, jazz and virtuoso juggling.
Steele and Scaife returned at the end with Tolling and Hogan (on accordion, but no juggling this time) in a finale that brought the audience — again — to its feet.
Fred Adler again filled the Gualala Arts Center stage with talent, and the music wove its magic.
© 2015 Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA