PULLMAN, Wash. – Italian jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella will perform a free concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Kimbrough Hall on the WSU Pullman campus.
Performing with Ciavarella will be WSU Jazz Studies faculty members Greg Yasinitsky, director of the WSU School of Music, saxophone; Horace Alexander Young, saxophone; F. David Snider, bass; and David Jarvis, drums.
Ciavarella is recognized as one of Europe’s finest jazz artists. He has been featured on more than 50 albums and performed with many of the greatest jazz artists in the world including Jerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez and Geroge Garzone.
Ciavarella lives in Bologna, Italy, and teaches at the Frescobaldi Conservatory in Ferrara.
“Teo is an incredible musician. I have had the privilege of performing with him in Italian clubs and conservatories,” said Yasinitsky. “Playing with Teo is one of the great musical thrills of my professional life. Also, he is a wonderful composer. I am sure that music lovers from throughout our region will love is beautiful, well-crafted compositions.”
A video of Ciavarella performing “St. Louis Blues” may be found on YouTube.
The program will include Teo’s pieces “Arianna,” “A Place There Will Be,” “Pablo de Granada,” and his unique arrangement of “Besame Mucho.” Yasinitsky’s compositions “Partial Eclipse,” “Laura’s Bossa Nova,” and “Nights of Wind and Water” will also be performed.
Ciavarella’s appearance is made possible with support from Allegro, and the Student Association for Music Advocacy. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited.