Exciting concerts in Elizabethtown NY at The Historic Hand House

Jazzical's JOEL A. MARTIN 


with guest artist EUGENE FRIESEN - Sunday Only


This show is sold out. Please join us again for our upcoming 10th season beginning in September. 

On June 17th and 18th, 2017 Piano by Nature has created two unique and different music experiences for the North Country. 

The first concert on June 17th at 7PM expands upon the return of one of our all-time favorite artists- Jazzical pianist Joel A. Martin. And expanding is a difficult thing to do, since Joel blew us all away the first time with his heartwarming storytelling, passionate piano-playing, and transcendent musicianship. And then there were the kids. Joel performed and worked with both Westport and Willsboro Central Schools in presentations that had the kids singing his praises- literally- and of course, they are asking for more.  And in case you missed him last time, here is your chance to see someone with creativity the likes many have never encountered before. Someone who can take jazz and classical styles and whip them into vibrant and unique works of art- whole and stunning- on the spot. And Joel IS the master of this universe. Check out his website to learn more- http://www.jazzical.com.

Here is a little about Joel: 

Joel A. Martin is the creator of Jazzical®, a marriage of classical and jazz. Through Jazzical he has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy® Award-winners Kathleen Battle, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers. He has produced and played on critically acclaimed CDs by Brazilian jazz master Paul Lieberman, gospel jazz singer Jolie Rocke Brown, among many other artists.

 At 17 Joel was the youngest pianist ever, and the first African American pianist, to compete in the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the NY Philharmonic, El Paso Symphony, Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA), Philadelphia Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony.

The second concert on Sunday June 18th at 3PM is a chamber music experience par excellence.

As if it wasn’t enough to just have Joel A. Martin back and all-to-ourselves, he then asked if we might open up a concert for a duo- so he could bring a friend. We then found out that the friend was none other than Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen, a member of the Paul Winter Consort, artist, composer, conductor, and teacher who has worked with the likes of Toots Thielemans and Dave Brubeck, among many others. Take a look at his wonderful website to learn more- http://www.celloman.com, and check out Eugene Friesen playing one of his own stunning compositions here… https://youtu.be/p5Bvr3R73BY)

When the two of these powerhouse musicians meet, sparks will fly -and anything may happen. Be sure to reserve your tickets early for this unique event, as the venue holds a maximum of 50 and Mr. Friesen will ONLY be joining us for Sunday's concert. 

These two exceptional concerts will be held at the Historic Hand House in Elizabethtown, NY on Saturday, June 17th at 7PM and Sunday, June 18th at 3PM. Tickets are $15 per adult, and $5 for 15-and-under. We will take reservations by phone and encourage you to call ahead. And if you would like to give a bit extra and sponsor a ticket for a student or senior, please let us know- we'll make sure that happens. For more information visit www.pianobynature.org, Piano by Nature Facebook, and/or call 518 962 8899 or write [email protected] 

NOTE I will be out of town the week of June 2-9, so please use the email option to reach me during that time- thank you.

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