Kevin Hays, Visiting Artist at SUNY Ulster for the fall semester, will present a master class and solo concert. Hays is internationally recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists of his generation. The class, which is open to high school and college students, will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A free concert, open to the public, will be held the evening of September 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Quimby Theater on the Stone Ridge Campus.
Hay’s has received critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazz Times. He also received a “Coup de Coeur” from the Académie Charles Cros (France). Hays’ long list of notable musical associations includes records with Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster.
Kevin’s performance will feature a combination of material from various sources and genres. Being an improviser, he decides on much of the program as he goes along, but it will likely include his original songs, spontaneous interpretations of jazz standards, and improvisations on classical, folk, and blues themes. Kevin considers the audience to be a participant in the process and one can expect many delightful surprises along the way.
The Visiting Artist Program, begun in 1999, introduces an artist of significant renown to the college and community, through an exhibition of their work at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, a special lecture and presentation by the artist, or a concert performance. All events are open to the public.