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John Stetch, piano

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Thu Apr 11
Tunes at Noon
John Stetch piano
Jazz standards, Broadway show tunes, transcriptions of classical works by Mozart and Chopin, original compositions by John Stetch, and more.
12:00 noon, The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd

Tunes at Noon features performances in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre by UBC School of Music students, alumni, and more. Bring your lunch, listen, and enjoy. Presented in collaboration with UBC Welcome Centre, UBC School of Music, Alumni UBC and UBC Arts and Culture District.

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John Stetch Urakawa (based on a fictitious Japanese folk melody)
Mozart (Transcription by John Stetch) Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K.333
Part 1 — Medium Swing
Part 2 – Quiet Funk
Part 3 – Fast Bluegrass
J. Livingston/R. Evans Never Let Me Go
Fats Waller The Jitterbug Waltz/Ain't Misbehavin'
John Stetch Zabava (A medley of Ukrainian folk songs)
G. Marks/S. Simons All of Me
B. Bernie/M. Pinkard Sweet Georgia Brown
F. Chopin (Transcription by John Stetch) Polonaise 'Heroic' in A-Flat Major, Op. 53


Fearless and distinct, Edmonton-born pianist John Stetch pushes the edges of his jazz and classical training to fuse melodies from all around the world; from Mozart to East European music to TV themes. After years of playing clarinet and saxophone, Stetch switched to piano in his late teens, and is now a Steinway Artist, a 6-time Juno nominee, and won the Prix Du Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival. For years, Stetch worked at many of the top New York City jazz clubs, performed across several continents, and is now on the faculty of the VSO School of Music. He recently released his 14th CD The Vancouver Concert, and was just awarded the Inaugural Pentland Prize in Composition.

“Like hearing a painting by Miro or Matisse come to life…playful technique and unfettered imagination.” ~Paul de Barros, Downbeat

“Fantastic! Truly personal takes on the classics.” ~Joseph Lin, The Julliard String Quartet

“There is such clarity and so much humor in Stetch’s playing! I've always loved that about him.” ~Rufus Reid, bassist, composer and bandleader

“John is one of the most naturally and innately talented musicians I have worked with,” says Keith Hamel, Chair of Composition at UBC Music. “He seems to have the ability to quickly absorb diverse musical styles, to understand the musical materials that comprise each style and to construct new works, which contain elements of the model but are uniquely personal. He understands composition as an act of communication between musicians and an audience, and he always writes with this foremost in his mind.”

Earlier Event: April 8
UBC Composers’ Concerts