Michael Arnowitt & The ImproVisions Jazz Quintet
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About The Event
Pianist and composer, Michael Arnowitt’s imaginative musical landscapes and extraordinary sense of touch at the piano have delighted audiences in concert halls around the world. Traveling from his home base in Vermont and Toronto to Korea, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary he has cultivated a broad following of fans across culturally diverse audiences. His life and music are the subject of a documentary film, Beyond 88 Keys (2004), filmed in both the United States and Europe. In October of 2020 he will be performing a 10-day concert tour of China with the guitarist Steve Blair.
In 1989 Michael Arnowitt began a 26-year-long presentation of the complete 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, matching up his age as he performed the various sonatas with Beethoven's age as Beethoven composed them. The eight concerts in the series, spaced out over 26 years, became a study in the psychology of aging and development. In 2013, Michael Arnowitt’s composition Haiku Textures for three cello soloists and orchestra was premiered, the three cellos symbolizing the three lines of a Japanese haiku poem. His newest recording is “Sweet Spontaneous,” a 2-CD set of 14 of his jazz compositions.
Michael Arnowitt has also been the principal organizer of a number of large-scale fundraisers for humanitarian aid, among them an April 1999 benefit concert for Balkan war refugees that raised over $10,000 and collected clothing and 300 emergency first aid kits for the refugee camps. In 2016 he organized a benefit concert for Syrian refugees, creating a special program surveying Syria’s diverse cultures, with thirty performers including an orchestra and chorus presenting Syrian secular and sacred music, poetry, short stories, and drama.