Composer J.J. Beck and reed trio Reeds Amis were set to perform in the Carriage Barn 6/19/16, but a family emergency prompted Reeds Amis to cancel. However, Jake Spector, a classical guitarist from Hartford, CT stepped in last minute to round out the show.
J.J. Beck played his newest compositions - harmonic languages and polyrhythmic structures found in jazz and classical music, while Jake Spector played compositions through the centuries beginning with Bach, ending with some of his own. Their performances were incredibly well received, and offer a taste of what's to come this season!
JJ Beck's latest piano work revolves around his admiration and study of Thelonious Monk, Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau, Jaki Byard, and Keith Jarret. He weaves those inspirations together with an interest in the process of healing - himself and others - by exploring fears and desires. J.J. Beck has been called an " intense, original up-and-coming pianist/composer" with "jazz roots, cinematic scope, classical chops, punk inspiration" (New York Music Daily).
The Park-McCullough Carriage Barn has been host to excellent classical music since the 1970s. This year's effort is on building upon that tradition by expanding the repertoire presented and bringing a larger world of innovative sound to the space and to Southern VT. The concert series will continue to focus on intimate acoustic performances that make full use of the resonant, wooden carriage barn, but the programming will expand to include Contemporary Classical, New Music, and Jazz performances.