Root Progressions, named for the seminal method of jazz improvisation, explores the vibrant nexus of classical new music and experimental jazz. A co-production with Piano Spheres, the program unites two realms, historically divided by genre labels, that have forever embodied challenging parallel crusades in experimentation, innovation, and freedom from established styles.
Gloria Cheng premieres six newly commissioned works by Anthony Davis, Jong Jang, James Newton, Arturo O’Farrill, Linda May Han Oh, and Gernot Wolfgang, alternating with duo sets led by special guests Oh and Jang.
First Set:Gloria Cheng, Solo PianoJon Jang, PianoHitomi Oba, Saxophone
Second set:Gloria Cheng, Solo PianoLinda May Han Oh, BassFabian Almaza, Piano