The concert ended with the Concerto for Piano and Percussion; SFCM-alumnus Keisuke Nakagoshi was the soloist. Recalling some of Keisuke’s Facebook posts regarding his love for Bill Evans' playing, I knew he’d be well-suited for this work, which blends a modern jazz vocabulary with a kind of parody of early 20th century modernist styles. Keisuke pulled through with flying colors — he owned the music and added much to it in his performance, including a lengthy improvised cadenza. The SFCM percussion ensemble, which premiered this work in December 2010, brought it back with renewed force and accuracy.
Once again, I’d like to thank all the musicians who participated as well as the warmly-encouraging audience.