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Jazz pianists Bruce Barth and Eri Yamamoto will perform a joint concert at Lycoming College on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The concert, sponsored by "Brilliant Corners," is free and open to the public.
Barth is a multi-faceted jazz musician whose career has included significant ensemble work and several highly regarded solo releases. Barth demonstrated his talent for the piano at a young age and began taking lessons when he was only 5 years old. He is a dedicated teacher with more than 10 years on the jazz faculty of Temple University, and has taught privately at some of the nation's premiere institutions for the study of popular music performance.
Yamamoto, born in Osaka, Japan, began playing classical piano at age 3 and started composing at age 8. Since moving to the United States in 1995 to attend New School University's prestigious jazz program, she has established herself as one of jazz music's most original and compelling pianists and composers. Yamamoto has toured in the U.S. and abroad as both a solo pianist and member of the Eri Yamamoto Trio.
"Brilliant Corners" is a jazz-related literary journal edited by Dr. Sascha Feinstein, professor of English at Lycoming. Feinstein is also the editor of "Ask Me Now: Conversations of Jazz & Literature," which compiles the first 10 years of interviews that first appeared in "Brilliant Corners."
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.