Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series

Posted by: Marilynyo

Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/18/13 12:56 PM

Hi everyone,

this is my first post! I work for a small non profit in Chicago all about piano and I am currently seeking an amazing female pianist (no famous names but well known is fine) to help us launch our inaugural Storytellers Series this upcoming season!

The mission of this series is to provide pianists at the forefront of a variety of genres an opportunity to intimately connect with their audience through a mix of performance and storytelling about anything from life experiences to the idiosyncrasies of the artist’s creative process.

Each concert will offer a chance for the artists to present their work in a more personal context while providing an incredibly unique experience for audience members to understand and form a deeper, richer connection with the music of today’s most relevant and skillful, piano-centric performers out there.

The series will take place in our beautiful, new 100 seat venue in Chicago’s South Loop. We provide pianos of the highest quality and the venue is outfitted with state of the art technology and engineers to produce a high-quality recording of this intimate performance.


So if you know any outstanding lady pianists please post them here and I will take them all into consideration!

PLEASE NOTE that this series is open to pianists of ANY GENRE, however, classical pianists should have especially innovative and unique characteristics to be considered. Thank you!

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Marilyn Salazar
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Posted by: Marilynyo

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/23/13 02:07 PM

I see this post has gotten a lot of views but no replies here's a bit more info:

So far we've created a diverse roster featuring lots of different genres (I'm talking everything from a singer songwriter to a funky B3 organist to a modern minimalist composer) but they are all male!

I'd love to mix it up a bit and feature a lady on the series.

We've reached out to Patricia Barber to perform for us again but she's totally booked. I've reached out to Chicago fusion pianist, Yoko Noge and I'm waiting to hear back.

Thanks all, can't wait to hear your suggestions and I know this great community MUST know some great pianists for this opportunity!!
Posted by: jjo

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/23/13 03:20 PM

Joan Hickey is a fine jazz pianist. She's on the faculty of the University of Illinois in Champaign. If you can't find her contact information there I can get it for you.
Posted by: Hidden son of Teddy Wilson

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/24/13 12:27 AM

I'm guessing you're not getting many replies because a lot of men are viewing your post and thinking that since, for some reason, the pianist you're looking for HAS to be female, then it's not for them. I know I, for one, had that reaction.

Which brings me to my question: would you be open to a cross dresser? After all, if he plays amazing piano, why not?

In this economy, ya gotta do watcha gotta do, right?
Posted by: Jim Frazee

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/30/13 09:47 AM

After the Jazz Festival at Caramoor this last weekend, I'd definitely vote for Helen Sung who played with the Mingus Big Band. Just Google her - fantastic chops, ideas and presence. Brava! thumb
Posted by: Marilynyo

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/31/13 02:05 PM

Hi Jim!

That's a great suggestion! I watched some of her videos and interviews and she seems really great, very articulate and smart! I will definitely reach out to her! Thanks so much.

Marilyn
Posted by: Hidden son of Teddy Wilson

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/31/13 02:46 PM

There's also Stephanie Trick, pretty good stride piano. (My offer to cross-dress still stands, though.)
Posted by: Jim Frazee

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 07/31/13 06:00 PM

If you like Helen, you might also be interested in Anat Fort and Julia Hulsmann. Again just google or YouTube them. Julia is German, not well known here, but she keeps growing. You might catch her a a tour of the US for your show. Anat Fort is very much up and coming. Just sayin'. sick
Posted by: Marilynyo

Re: Seeking Innovative Female Pianist To Feature on a New Series - 08/05/13 05:04 PM

Dear Jim and H.S. of Teddy Wilson,

thank you so much for your suggestions. Fortunately, I have found a a fabulous Chicago-based, fusion pianist interested in forming part of the series! I will definitely keep those other ladies in mind for future concerts! Thank you!

Marilyn