The New York City jazz trio Finger-Songwriter will present a free concert this Friday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel Auditorium.
The group is led by award-winning pianist and lyricist Jeremy Siskind. Vocalist is Nancy Harms, who is joined by Lucas Pino on clarinet. Pino is a graduate of the Brubeck Institute and Juilliard.
At age 25, Siskind has performed both jazz and classical music at Carnegie Hall, has twice been a finalist to be named the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellow, and has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. As a composer, Siskind has been recognized with the ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composers Award and Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award. He has twice traveled to Japan as the American representative in Yamaha’s Junior Original Composition competition.
Siskind’s 2010 CD release, “Simple Songs (for When the World Seems Strange), was awarded four stars in a review from Downbeat and appeared on three jazz critics’ “Best CDs of 2010” features. Most recently, Siskind was selected from more than 40 pianists around the world as the second place winner in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition.
In the winter of 2011, Hal Leonard published a collection of Siskind’s music, entitled Jazz Etude Inspirations, and Siskind is currently writing two more instructional books.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a master’s from Columbia University (in English Literature), Siskind resides in New York City.
The concert is open to the public. It is funded by the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts at Iowa Wesleyan College.