Paderewski believed in the enhancement of freedom and democracy through education and the arts, and the scholarship honors the legacy of the famous pianist, composer, philanthropist, patriot and statesman.
Several laurels and awards to his credit, in 2010, Utsav Lal was recognised as a “ on the global top pianists’ roster and is an ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London) International Scholar currently based in Scotland. He features in the Indian Limca Book of Records and is the youngest winner offor championing multiculturalism through music. In Oct 2012, Lal was bestowed the for his unrivalled contributions as role model for the youth of India. In 2014, Lal completed his Bachelor of Music-Jazz Piano degree with honors from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was awarded as in a special ceremony at the House of Commons-London.
His compositions include the choral fugues (Boston Music 1962) and (Boston Music 1964), the marches (1963) and (1977) published by the Salvation Army, the cornet solo (1977, Eastern Territory Music Bureau), other brass band works (including one based on Canadian folk songs), three overtures for orchestra, two double fugues for solo violin and string orchestra, a sonatina for violin and piano, and anthems
Lead singer of Wang Chung and composer and guitarist in The-Quartet presents an evening of songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Crosby Stills and Nash arranged for a new improvising ensemble of tenor saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet, double bass and piano.
Veteran free-improviser and composer Jerry Wigens duets with a rising star in the improvised music world, Sebastian Lexer. With a compelling mixture of restraint and warmth Sebastian has extended and reinvented the sound of the piano through a system he calls piano+.
Frombrittle waltzes to restless pantonal excursions to cheeky pastiches, thiswell-crafted survey showcases Noland’s deep appreciation for—and occasionalironic takeoffs from—the work of the masters, not to mention some thrillingpiano playing by the composer himself.”
He has worked as a composer and pianist with several orchestras, soloists and chamber ensembles worldwide as well as guest conducting many chamber choirs and ensembles in Austria and the US
The writer James Joyce was also a singer, pianist, guitarist and composer. His poems have been set to music by many composers from Howells and Ireland to Cage and Berio but Joyce said his favourite settings were by the forgotten Anglo-Irish composer Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer. Alistair (bass voice) and Sam (piano) will give a rare performance of Palmer's settings of poems from Joyce's Chamber Music, settings of Pomes Penyeach from The Joyce Book, and a song by Joyce himself.
Before gaining several top ten hits in the US as frontman of 80's band Wang Chung, Jack Hues studied composition at the Royal College of Music. Currently he is touring the UK promoting his third album with music that uniquely combines composition, improvisation and songs (Jack Hues - guitar and voice, Sam Bailey - piano, Liran Donin - double bass, Mark Holub - drums). With support from psychedelic Canterbury progsters The Boot Lagoon.
Michael Heller has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. His most recent books are This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (2012), Beckmann Variations & other poems (2010), Eschaton (2009), Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen (2012). Collaborations with the composer Ellen Fishman Johnson include the opera Constellations of Waking (on Walter Benjamin) and This Art Burning. Among his many awards and honors are the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Prize, a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities Poet/Scholar Award and the Fund for Poetry.
Free Range started on 12th January 2012 and we kick off our third year with a fantastic set from improviser and composer – of and Konk Pack fame – who first collaborated with Denman Maroney's unique hyperpiano and contrabass in September 2011 at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York City. They resume their explorations in the company of the remarkable percussionist Paul Lytton – collaborator with Evan Parker for over forty years, a true percussion innovator, and an all-too-infrequent visitor to the UK.
One of Lal’s most exciting projects have been to collaborate in exploring the symbiosis of sound with Brighton-based pianist, composer & inventor, Geoff Smith who unveiled his creation, in 2009. In 2012, Lal also collaborated to perform with percussionist Talvin Singh at Kings Place-London, Pt. Samir Chaterjee at Asia Music Society-Hong Kong and Scottish fiddler-Adam Sutherland at the Strings of the World Festival.
In Dec 2012, Utsav Lal made history with a live telecast on National TV of his two hour long solo concert, the first ever performance of ragas on the piano at the . In 2015, he was invited to perform at the prestigious classical music festival “Saptak” held annually in Ahemdabad which draws large number of national & international music lovers each year.
Any fan of classical and contemporary piano musicis likely to find something delightful or intriguing in this ambitiouscollection, but it should find special favor among aficionados of late 19th andearly 20th century composers as varied as Strauss, Schoenberg and Satie.