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Concert: Liz Durette, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Nik Francis


Liz Durette is a talented keyboardist and improviser living in Baltimore, Maryland. With "Four Improvisations", she presents us with a new vision of what an album of solo keyboard music can be. Her music is dually rooted in both the Western, Romantic Classical tradition, and in contemporary improvisation and spontaneous composition. What emerges is a gorgeous album that is as intelligent and novel as much as it is also lovely to listen to. Ms. Durette has taken on the Rhodes electric piano as her primary instrument, and with this album she fully exploits the unique and beautiful qualities of this instrument. The music is gestural and free, and mingles and shifts from heart-centered lyrical melodies to deep interior harmonic exploration.

Sahba SizdahkhaniI grew up a jazz drummer and has played with Peter Brotzmann, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Mary Halvorson, Eli Keszler, Marc Ribot, Sophia Knapp, Beauty Pill, Devendra Banhart, and many more. He has recorded with bands on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City. Recently he launched his solo identity where he primarily plays 104-string custom Persian santour.

Nik Francis is a composer and improvisor of electroacoustic music. Currently based in DC, he plays drums in FOR trio and the Francis/Ryan Duo. He has performed as a soloist and with others (e.g., Nikolas Francis Unit[Iowa City], Indent[DC], Trinary[DC], Psygnal[Boston]) on percussion, computer, and various electronics. In this performance, Nik will present music for modular synth and percussion.

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