Harmony and Ivory – April 2012

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Clerestory is joined by Kymry Esainko, principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony, for Harmony & Ivory, a lively musical conversation between a piano and nine men’s voices. This seamless, 75 minute performance includes 19th century German songs by Brahms and Wolf, as well as the nostalgic tunes of the World War II era vocal group, Comedian Harmonists.

Lush harmonies of newly resurgent Dutch composer Henk Badings, as well as a song of hope by David Goodman dedicated to the people of Nicaragua represent the sounds and ideals of the latter 20th century.

Concluding with American spirituals and jazz standards–an infrequent but refreshing foray for Clerestory–this program is sure to please long-time fans and new friends alike.

Pianist Kymry Esainko is known for his wide-ranging musical versatility. Principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2002, he has worked with esteemed conductors such as John Adams, Joana Carneiro, Jeffrey Kahane, and Bruno Ferrandis, performing on piano, celesta, harpsichord and synthesizer. His work as a vocal and choral accompanist has taken him to concert halls around the world including the KKL in Lucerne, the Basilique Sainte-Clothilde in Paris, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Kymry is the accompanist for the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, a chorus known for its work in jazz and contemporary music which has collaborated with Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Sufjan Stevens. Kymry has performed with acclaimed singers such as Ute Lemper, Jacalyn Kreitzer, and Karen Clift, and he has performed in recital with violinist Tedi Papravami, cellist Johannes Moser, and with the Russian National Orchestra. Locally, Kymry has performed with the Piedmont Children’s Choirs, Oakland Opera Theater, Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, and WomenSing. He is active in jazz and improvised music in the Bay Area, including appearances with Iron & the Albatross, the Matt Small Chamber Ensemble and the Bedlam Royals. Kymry graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in piano performance and American history. He studied classical piano with Frank Wasko, Peter Takacs, and Sanford Margolis, and jazz piano with Neal Creque and Ed Kelly.

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