Learning to Improv with the ‘Jazz Piano Method’

One of the hallmarks of jazz is that its players know how to improvise. So it would seem that the idea of teaching improvisation is a contradiction in terms. Not so, says Mark Davis, a professor of jazz piano at theWisconsin Conservatory of Music and author of the new book, The Hal …

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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Announces 3rd Annual Piano Sonata Festival Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Albert L. Smith Phone: (414) 459-3455 E-mail: asmith@wcmusic.org February 2, 2016 WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL PIANO SONATA FESTIVAL WINNERS Masterclass presented by Winston Choi highlighted event MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music announces winners of its third annual Piano Sonata Festival held …

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Philomusica, guest pianist Abend give a dynamic take on Shostakovich


Visiting the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for Monday evening’s Philomusica String Quartet concert required walking through a forest of glittering Christmas trees, which are part of the Conservatory’s Festival of Trees and Music. Before performing a program of Beethoven and Shostakovich, joined by pianist Elena Abend for the latter, the …

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