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Ethereal and meditative sounds from a trio of “beyond classical” innovators

In his own words, North Carolinian pianist and composer Chad Lawson is dedicated to “modernizing piano for the Spotify generation.” He seems well on the way to his goal, with more than 48 million streams of his Nocturne in A Minor on the platform. Known for conjuring a relaxed, meditative mood that draws on both the sonorities of classical music and the freedom of jazz improvisation, Lawson is also famed as a technical innovator, as heard on his #1 iTunes release re:piano (2018), an album composed of loops, effects, and layers of textured landscapes—all created on a piano. He comes to Sixth & I for an evening of original works and new arrangements of classical compositions, joined by two fellow “classical and beyond” luminaries: Judy Kang and Seth Parker Woods.

Classically trained yet well-versed in pop, jazz, hip-hop, and more, Canadian violinist Judy Kang was noted by the New York Times as “most likely the only musician to have worked with both Pierre Boulez and Lady Gaga,” with praise for her “lean, focused sound, pinpoint intonation, and expressively molded phrasing.” Most recently seen by Washington Performing Arts audiences last season in recital with Hilary Hahn, Seth Parker Woods is “a cellist of power and grace” (Guardian) and another devotedly eclectic artist, with past collaborators as wide-ranging as Louis Andriessen, Heinz Holliger, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Dame Shirley Bassey.

Program TBA

This is one of twenty 2022/23 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities