WICA opens intimate 88 Keys Piano Club series

 Maureen Girard

Maureen Girard

Hosted by Maureen Girard

Longtime piano jazz teacher and performer Girard invites some of her most talented friends to join her at the piano in the style of the National Public Radio program, Piano Jazz with the late Marian McPartland.

Girard said the idea is to present a show that’s entertaining and fun and includes the audience.  The centerpiece, of course, is great music, but the discussion will center particularly on improvisation.

“I will open the show with a solo performance, then introduce our guest artist,’ Girard said of the format. “We will perform a few pieces together on two pianos followed by some conversation about the music and careers. We’ll invite the audience to ask questions, as well.

Girard welcomes Seattle-based pianist Karin Kajita. Kajita is an accomplished pianist who has been a part of the Seattle jazz scene for many years, including as the leader of the Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet. She also performs regularly with Emily McIntosh, the David George 10 Tet Big Band, Blues Street Voices and Mairin & Friends, and has played several North American cities, as well as having toured several times in Japan and through Europe on the Norwegian Cruise Line.

The second set of the evening will open with a performance by one of Girard’s adult students, Masami Saiku, who has studied classical piano for several years and has learned to improvise through her lessons with Girard. Kajita will also take the stage with Masami.

Girard is a pro at this small concert setting. She draws on her experience with her own popular House Concert Series, which she hosted and presented for 10 years at her 88 Keys Piano Studio in Langley. That series hosted a steady stream of Girard’s talented friends, including Jessica Williams, David Lanz, Claudio Mendez, Karin Kajita and a list of noted pianists from the Seattle area and around of the world. But this time, she said, she can finally see her audience enjoy a glass of wine at the show.

“I am so happy for them to be able to have that now, and to not have my husband Johnny out in the front yard with a flashlight helping everyone park their cars!” 

Please join us for this exciting new series in an intimate setting for great piano music with solo performances, duets on two pianos, conversation, plus fine wine and small plates. The show is recommended for all ages (except very young children).

Zech Hall
Saturday, January 24, 2015
7:30 to 9:30 PM 

Tickets are $20.

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