Waban Piano Summit – Part 2
May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
If Music were an Olympic sport, all of the artists presented at the Waban Piano Summit would all be gold medalists. From Cuban phenomena Dayramir Gonzalez to Downbeat poll winner vocalist Dominique Eade, the Waban Piano Summit is a new tradition presenting professional world-class artists in an intimate setting – entirely free to the public. 2018 marks our third year.
In conjunction with the Artful Piano Project where 9 decorated pianos grace Newton Villages during the month of May, The Waban Improvement Society presents the Waban Piano Summit for 3 Saturday afternoons at the Waban Library Center.
May 12th: 1-3pm Mark Copeland and Wes Wirth Global Music Ensemble
Pianist and organist Mark Copeland grooves so strong, no wonder he has shared stages with Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, Marcus Miller, George Duke, and Gerald Albright. When he’s not performing, he can be found teaching ensembles at Berklee College of Music.
Wes Wirth and the Global Music Ensemble
“Wewh! That Bass player is great” said Carlos Santana with a smile as he listened to a recent recording of Wes who regularly performs, teaches, and records in the Boston area. Fluent in many styles including jazz, gospel, reggae, calypso, and afro-pop, his Global music ensemble performs music that is a unique blend of haunting melodies, intricate and pulsating rhythms, vocal effects, loops, and improvisation. All that interpreted by world-class musicians including:
Joh Camara a master drummer, dancer, and Griot, from West Africa. When Joh is not touring North America or Europe, he’s often found working with the Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra and Choir, Upward Bound, Planet Aid, and teaching classes at BU, Brown, and Harvard.
Keyboardist Yuki Monolog Kanesaka, when he was 4 years old, he asked his Mother how to become a NINJA. And his mother said “First you better take piano lessons, then you can be a NINJA?!! His reputation as a creative force has him running a studio and working with musicians who play with the likes of Jazz legend Elvin Jones, and superstar Prince.
David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynskion double-neck microtonal guitar, best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos and as a member of Hasidic New Wave. He has played on more than 95 albums as a session musician, bandleader, or band member.