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Noted composer and pianist Larry Karush, a 1968 Reed graduate, will return to the college on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Eliot Hall chapel to present a solo piano performance of his own improvisations and compositions, incorporating elements of jazz, world music, and new music. The concert, which is sponsored by the Reed music department, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events line, 503/777-7755.

Larry Karush is an improvising pianist and composer with roots in jazz, 20th-century Western music, African-based percussion, and the music of North India. From Carnegie Hall to the Purple Onion, he has performed Jazz with John Abercrombie, Jane Ira Bloom, Eddie Gomez, Jay Clayton, Bennie Wallace, and Oregon; World Music with Kanai Dutta, Francisco Aguabella, Geetha Ramanathan, and Glen Velez; and New Music with Steve Reich.

His compositions and performances have been recorded on the ECM, Vanguard, Inner City, AudioQuest, Music of the World, and NAXOS labels. He has received grants for his creative work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA/Arts International, Meet the Composer, and the California Arts Council; he is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition.

He has performed solo piano concerts of original music (and with the Combination, his ensemble of piano, bass, and world percussion) throughout the United States and Europe in addition to festival appearances in Canada and South Africa.

"In Art of the Improviser, a riveting set of solo piano tracks, Karush draws together such disparate elements as bluegrass banjo, stride, tinges of Erik Satie, boogie-woogie, country, and the blues. But his own vision–one of the most fascinating in current jazz–remains constant."

Los Angeles Times (Don Heckman)

"Elegant and earthy. . . . His music travels around the world carving out some real poetry. Highly recommended."


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