"It’s ultra-sophisticated, gracefully crafted jazz...full of dynamism." - The Guardian
"Los Angeles-based pianist/composer Billy Childs mixes the intimacy of classical European sounds with the spontaneity of American jazz in a creative style he terms Jazz-Chamber Music." - Allaboutjazz.com
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
One of the foremost American composers of his era, pianist Billy Childs brings his unique blend of jazz and classical music to our stage. Don’t miss the multi-GRAMMY® Award winner’s groundbreaking project merging improvisation and jazz rhythms with the orchestration and instrumentation of a traditional chamber ensemble.
The multifaceted program will include music by Paul Simon and Laura Nyro, as well as the works of T.S. Eliot, Claude McKay, Walter Benton and others set to music.
Before seeing Billy Childs in person, read about the "luscious orchestrations" on his most recent album, Rebirth. The Huffington Post's Ralph A. Miriello writes that the songs are "dense, very conservational constructions that sing with lyricism and swim in the waters of syncopated rhymthmic patterns that encourage magical interplay." Read the full review HERE.
In an interview with KPCC earlier this year, Billy Childs talks Los Angeles' reputation as a center for jazz music and how the city has influenced his work. Read or listen to the full interview HERE.
Into the Light by Billy Childs
With intro by the Lyris Quartet, an excerpt from Unrequited
Scarborough Fair, a traditional English ballad
Been on a Train by Laura Nyro
Enlightened Souls by Billy Childs
The Red Wheelbarrow by Billy Childs
Bleecker Street by Paul Simon
Nino Rota tune
Map to the Treasure by Laura Nyro
Music for Two Quartets by Billy Childs
Program subject to change.
Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs’ canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), sixteen Grammy nominations, and five Grammy awards, most recently for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (“Rebirth”). Previously he won for Best Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocal (featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma) in 2015 for ‘New York Tendaberry’, from his highly successful release Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Other Grammy wins include Best Instrumental Composition for ‘The Path Among the Trees’ (2011) and ‘Into The Light’ (2005), from his much-heralded jazz/chamber releases, Autumn: In Moving Pictures and Lyric. Downbeat magazine states, “...Childs’ jazz/chamber group has taken the jazz-meets-classical format to a new summit.”
Post-show conversation with Lesa Terry to follow the performance. Learn more here.
Jazz & Blues at The Broad Stage is made possible by a generous gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall.