Grammy-winning pianist Cory Smythe keeps company with quite the array of musicians. He’s the longtime musical partner of violinist Hilary Hahn and a core member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), not to mention a member of drummer Tyshawn Sorey’s trio. You could describe Smythe as a musical shapeshifter, but that would undersell how Smythe is able to channel diverse styles of music through his singular voice.
Smythe’s ability to weave a single musical fabric out of diverse strands is on full display on his recent solo album, Pluripotent. Smythe’s thirteen miniatures cover a huge expressive range, blurring the spontaneous and the preconceived, and questioning the stylistic divisions between jazz, classical, and beyond.
This Thursday, March 31st, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome Smythe to our stage for the first time as a leader. Before stopping by for one his two sets, check out Pluripotent below to get a sense of the kind of daring and exploratory music that will be on display.
Pianist Cory Smythe plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, March 30th, 2016. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.