The Abby Whiteside Foundation
Will Healy and Gabriel Zucker
2019 Sophia Rosoff Concert Series
Santiago Leibson & Jason Yeager, piano
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 8pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

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$35 ($15 students/seniors)

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The artists present pairings of classical piano repertoire, jazz piano works and original compositions. Dialogues between disciplines emerge in this boundary-busting performance of pianism, improvisation, and musical storytelling.

Works by: Debussy, Scriabin, Ginastera, Chopin, Monk, Gillespie, Bartok, Ravel, and the pianists themselves.

Works by Charles Ives, Wadada Leo Smith, Gabriel Zucker (World Premiere), Samuel Barber, Gabriel Kahane and Will Healy (World Premiere)

Originally from Framingham, MA and now based in New York, pianist and composer Jason Yeager creates music that is deeply expressive and multi-faceted, defying convention while reveling in the traditions of jazz, blues, 20th century classical music, and Latin American folk rhythms. He has released four albums as a leader or co-leader, most recently All At Onceness (Red Piano Records) and United (Inner Circle Music), the latter being named one of 2017's best and receiving a 4.5-star review in Downbeat Magazine. His first two albums, Ruminations and Affirmation, featured nearly all original compositions. Yeager has played at such venues as the Blue Note and Birdland in New York, Thelonious in Buenos Aires, and the Panama and Dominican Republic Jazz Festivals. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Luciana Souza, Jason Anick, Ran Blake, Ayn Inserto, Sean Jones, George Garzone, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jason Palmer, and Sara Serpa.

A committed educator, Yeager is Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music. He is an honors graduate of the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Double Degree Program, where he studied International Relations and Jazz Performance. His primary teachers and mentors, in both performance and composition, were Fred Hersch, Danilo Pérez, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, and Jerry Bergonzi. Yeager earned a Master of Music degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Doug Johnson, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri Lynne Carrington, and more. From 2012 to 2015 he was a student of Sophia Rosoff.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, pianist Santiago Leibson relocated to New York City in 2014 to pursue a Masters in Jazz Performance at New York University. After graduating in 2016 he has been studying privately with John Kamitsuka.

He has been a member of both Buenos Aires and New York jazz scenes, collaborating with great musicians such as Francisco Mela, Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, Guillermo Klein and Sergio Verdinelli.

His last trio recording "Episodes" was released in 2018 through FreshSounds New Talent. In addition, he has participated in several records as a sideman.

As an educator, Mr. Leibson has worked as Adjunct Instructor at New York University from 2015 until 2016. Nowadays, he teaches private lessons and works as Pianist Accompanist at Ballet Hispanico.