Chris Rottmayer, first year DMA piano performance student of Dr. Johannes Wallmann, will present a solo piano recital featuring his own arrangements of the songs of composer Alec Wilder.
Chris Rottmayer’s latest recording project, entitled Reactive Synthesis, features his quintet and his original jazz compositions. Chris has been featured on albums by saxophonists Dan Jordan and Jeff Rupert, and performs as conductor and pianist for The Lennon Sisters. He is the jazz piano instructor at the University of South Florida, where he holds a master’s degree in Jazz Studies.
Composer Alec Wilder wrote music for all types of performers, ensembles, and in a wide variety of styles. Among some of his most memorable compositions are his songs. Although many of his songs have made it into the American Popular Songbook as standards among jazz musicians, they are still lesser known and less frequently performed than the songs of the Tin Pan Alley composers of the first half of the twentieth century. This concert will feature many of his most enduring songs, as well as several of his lesser known gems.
Featured works will include Blackberry Winter Moon, Sand Trouble is a Man and many more.