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William Friedson Duo

12 Oct Posted by in Schedule | Comments
William Friedson Duo

Jazz Composer and pianist William Friedson is a performer showing audiences a new wave in merging Classical and Jazz techniques.  He takes from Debussy, Jacques Lossier, and Bill Evans and sprinkles his performances with plenty of Keith Jarrett technique. Sam Fuqua of KGNU radio, Boulder, writes, “…a deft left hand and plenty of melodic lines…”

Mr. Friedson’s compositions have been performed in both the U.S. and Canada, as he lived in New York City for 10 years, where he earned his Masters in Composition from Manhattan School of Music. There he was commissioned to compose new music for An Evening of Russian Poetry with NYU poet laureate Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Excerpts from that performance were played on NPR in the U.S.

While in New York, he also performed on Broadway and worked with many Jazz musicians in clubs— most notably his last mentor, Bob Mover. Since then he has worked with Big bands, small instrumental groups and vocalists, and has been commissioned for his music.

Mr. Friedson currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, where he divides his time between Classical pursuits and his jazz performances.

The duo may seem small, but the experience between William Friedson and guitarist Peter is BIG: They have played over the last five years in several configurations. And separately they each have impressive experience both locally and internationally. William is known for his piano playing (recordings from NYC can be heard on Soundcloud),  but is quickly gaining recognition as a flautist– where locally he played with the Ambrose Big Band and in his own Quartet. Peter has played in groups in the Netherlands, Vancouver and in Calgary. His most popular group locally is with Zev Berger and the Schmoozers and he released a new album “Flow” in 2021 available for streaming.