Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The George Fludas Trio | Chamber Monday Series

By TOM BOWSER


Free concerts are held every Monday at 12:15pm in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street in downtown Chicago. Chamber Monday concerts are presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Chamber Monday concerts are a great way to see some of the many talented Chicago area musicians for FREE.

The George Fludas Trio | George Fludas - drums - Dennis Carroll - bass - Ron Perrillo - piano - Photo by Tom Bowser


I listen to a lot of different types of music (Heavy Metal included when the mood strikes me). I've been listening to jazz music since the mid 70's. George Fludas is now one of my favorite jazz drummers I've seen perform. His attention to detail makes him rise above many drummers. When I see and hear George Fludas play the drums several words come to mind:
  1. finesse
  2. skill
  3. smooth
  4. style
Drummer George Fludas began playing drums professionally in the 80's and has played with an extensive list of jazz greats. Chicago Jazz Magazine has an interesting discussion with George Fludas covering everything from how he began playing to his musical influences and much more.

George Fludas and Dennis Carroll both also play in the nationally acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra. The 17 member Chicago Jazz Orchestra performs the music of American legends Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and many others.

Ron Perrillo rounded out the trio's sound adding the melodic and harmonic richness on piano that only someone with his experience can provide. Ron is also an avid and talented nature photographer. Visit Ron Perrillo's Web site to see photographs he's taken of interesting animals you might not believe are thriving within the city of Chicago.

The George Fludas Trio for this event consisted of:



The following video features Benny Green, Ed Howard and George Fludas on drums at the 1996 Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland. George Fludas performs a drum solo that demonstrates why I think he is a talented drummer. Enjoy!





The 2016 Chicago Blues Festival is June 10 to the 12th. The 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival is September 1st through the fourth. My wife and I will be attending both festivals again this year. We will also be attending some of the preview events leading up to both festivals. I'll be posting pictures of some of the bands and musicians who perform.

Both the Chicago Blues and The Chicago Jazz festivals are a lot of fun. I hope to see you there! Are you visiting or moving to Chicago? Go to InspiredChicago.com for ideas on fun things to do in Chicago.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Allant Trio | Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

By TOM BOWSER


The free Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are held every Wednesday at 12:15pm in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center. Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are sponsored by the International Music Foundation. All Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are broadcast live on WFMT Radio (98.7 FM). Arrive early as seats are limited.

If you've ever seen Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Bono of U2 or David Lee Roth of Van Halen in concert you understand there is something that makes them unique as performers. It's the X factor and stage presence they bring to a performance that enables them to connect with and entertain an audience like no one else in their genre of music.

The women of the Allant Trio demonstrated technical prowess and a mastery of both their instruments and the music they performed. The Allant Trio had that illusive X factor and stage presence that made their performance rise above many other similar performers I've seen in this genre/style of music.

The Allant Trio | Beth Hyo Kyoung Nam - piano - Anna Park - violin - Alina Lim - cello - 
performing at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert - photo by Tom Bowser

The Allant Trio | Beth Hyo Kyoung Nam - piano - Anna Park - violin - Alina Lim - cello - 
performing at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert - Photograph by Tom Bowser

It was entertaining and exciting to watch the 3 woman of the Allant Trio interact. During "Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly" they seemed to challenge each other, each one energetically driving the other. A quick glance around the room proved to me that other audience members were as mesmerized by the performance as my wife and I.

The Allant Trio is:
- Beth Hyo Kyoung Nam, piano
- Anna Park, violin
- Alina Lim, cello


The Allant Trio | Beth Hyo Kyoung Nam - piano - Anna Park - violin - Alina Lim - cello - 
performing at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert - Photograph by Tom Bowser


The Allant Trio performed:
Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly (4') by Kelly-Marie Murphy
- III.

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 (30') by Felix Mendelssohn
- I.    Molto allegro ed agitato
- II.   Andante con moto tranquillo
- III.  Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
- IV.  Finale: Allegro assai appassionato

Selection from Miniatures for Piano Trio (3') by Frank Bridge
- No. 7 - Valse Russe