Sunday, October 25, 2015

Improv in classical piano: composer Steven Termini performs in Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College, Shreveport, 7:30 pm Tues, Oct 27

Steve Termini

Pianist, composer, and improvisatory artist Steven Termini will visit Centenary College of Louisiana on Tues, Oct 27, says Gale Odom. He will perform a concert of improvisatory piano music in the Anderson Auditorium at 7:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.

Prior to the concert, Dr. Termini will conduct a workshop with Centenary’s new improvisatory student ensemble, Genesis Jam, at 6:00 PM. “Being able to improvise well is a rare skill, but there is an increasing need for that skill in today’s musical world,” said Dr. Odom, Dean of the Hurley School of Music.

Dr. Termini earned his Ph.D. in Performance Practice from the Royal Academy of Music in London; he also holds a Masters in Fine Arts (Jazz) from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, said Odom. More at

Those who attended the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert featuring pianist Gabriela Montero will remember that she touted her encore as a breathless moment of improvisatory freedom. She asked for audience suggestions for her theme and stopped when she heard the crowd pleaser "You are my sunshine." I am not so sure that it was a spontaneous, unrehearsed bit. Still, she ran a lot of scales and dazzled the crowd with her knowledge of stock material. She approached the famous melody from several directions and won more applause. As a jazz buff, I was not impressed with what she played for the SSO audience. Then again, how can you play something interesting for a middle of the road audience in a tertiary city?

Surely Termini, performing in a quiet, academic setting, will set his sights high in regards his extemporaneous adventure.

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