The Hendrix College Department of Music will host a four-hands piano duo concert by pianists Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix.
The performance is free and open to the public, but there will be a "freewill offering" taken for the guest musicians. For more information on the program, contact Hendrix music professor Dr. John Krebs at 501-450-1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alderighi and Trick met at a piano festival in Switzerland in 2008 and started to work together in 2011 on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the ragtime and blues repertoire.
The convention of four hands on one piano is very common in classical music but a fairly rare occurrence in jazz, due to the fact that jazz is an improvised music.
Their latest two albums, Double Trio Live 2015 and Double Trio Always (2016), present the classic configuration of the jazz trio – piano, bass, and drums – with piano in four hands instead of two.
This combination gives Alderighi and Trick the possibility of creating arrangements of songs that include moments in trio for each pianist (which is why the project is called "Double Trio"), in which the stylistic differences between the two emerge in their individual improvisational styles, as well as moments of "tutti," in which the four-hands duet is sustained by bass and drums.
For more information on the duo, visit http://www.paoloandstephanie.com.