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Pianist and Composer Michele Rosewoman Conducts West Coast Performances and Workshops, January 2012
(Published: January 06, 2012)

On Saturday, January 28, the pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman will perform at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. Additionally, she will conduct piano and composition workshops at the Jazz School on Sunday, January 29 and give a master class at Oakland School of the Arts on Monday, January 30. While in the Bay Area, Rosewoman will also be interviewed on radio stations KPFA, KPOO and KKUP. See below for details.

West Coast Radio Interviews

Wednesday, January 18: KKUP (91.5 FM) at 10:20 a.m.
Monday, January 23: KPFA (91.4 FM) at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24: KPFA (91.4 FM) at 8:15 p.m.
Friday, January 27: KPOO (89.5 FM) at 1:30 p.m.

An Evening with Michele Rosewoman in Solo and Trio Performance

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
with bassist Aaron Germaine and drummer Jeff Marrs

Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 547-8188
Admission: $17
Visit their website for more information

Workshops at The Jazz School

Piano Workshop: January 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Focusing on integrating the hands, voicing fluidity and rhythmic depth and independence. Recommended for intermediate and advanced students.

Composition Workshop: January 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Students receive guidance on realizing their unique personal preferences and how to apply them to the process of composing as they learn practical approaches to the development of ideas and how to further the conception of their individual pieces. Open to all aspiring composers at all levels.

To register for the workshops, please visit the Jazzschool's website.

About the Artist
For more than two decades, New York-based Pianist/Composer Michele Rosewoman has deftly fused acoustic modern jazz, funk, electric fusion and Afro Cuban elements, to create a distinct musical experience.

Born in Oakland, California, Rosewoman studied jazz with the great pianist/organist Ed Kelly. Early studies in percussion led her to avidly explore Cuban folkloric idioms. She moved to New York in 1978 and throughout her career has performed with great musicians from both the jazz and Latin music worlds, including Jimmy Heath, Julian Priester, Gary Bartz, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, James Spaulding, Freddie Waits, Billy Hart, Tootie Heath, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, Steve Coleman, Miguel Zenon, Robin Eubanks, Terri Lyne Carrington, Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban master Orlando 'Puntilla' Rios, Andy Gonzalez, Pedro Martinez and many others.

A visionary pianist, bandleader and composer, Rosewoman expands the horizons and boundaries of jazz while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. Her Quintessence ensemble with five recordings to date, brings together some of the most inventive voices in jazz while New Yor-Uba, with its uncompromised synthesis of contemporary jazz and traditional Cuban folkloric music, unites master musicians from both musical worlds.

Ms. Rosewoman's highly acclaimed trio recordings include Occasion to Rise (with Rufus Reid and Ralph Peterson) - voted one of the year's best recordings by six critics' polls, and Spirit, a live trio performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, released on Blue Note Records to rave reviews.

Rosewoman has received great critical acclaim and prestigious awards; highlights include major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and an ASCAP/Meet the Composer Commission. She has performed at festivals, colleges, concert halls and clubs and conducted educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Ms. Rosewoman is currently working on repertoire for her next CD. Slated for release in the spring of 2012, this solo piano recording with special guests will be her first release since the Downbeat Magazine 4-star rated CD, Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence/The In Side Out.

"With delicate beauty and intensity, Michele's music bends the borders of cultures, not just notes. She has picked up a variety of torches and created a bonfire." JAZZIZ MAGAZINE

Rosewoman is way past collecting influences. Simply put, she's one of the most creative and fully realized jazz artists on the scene today." CD NOW

"Rosewoman's writing is jubilant and architectonic. Fats Waller meets Anthony Braxton... a Monkish motif will give way to a pastoral swing episode a la Hank Jones. Rosewoman's melodies are as joyfully convoluted as Parker's.

More Information: http://www.michelerosewoman.com

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