CONCERT FOR TWO PIANOS. Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta present an evening of original music that brings new voices to the limited repertoire for two pianos. Stylistically the pieces alternate between jazz-inspired melodies and harmonies, classical foundations and structures, and modern techniques. As an homage to the great composers of the past the program also includes Shostakovich’s Concertino for two pianos.
Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner’s Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. Sajdera also leads and composes for a 6-piece jazz ensemble and a 10-piece jazz chamber orchestra with strings and horns, weaving together her roots in American and Brazilian jazz as well as European classical music to create a unique musical tapestry.