Our Talking Music series brings prominent artists to campus to perform and discuss their music, with a particular focus on contemporary compositions. This year’s series brings a pair of prominent contemporary musicians to campus to work with music students and present an evening of improvisation and original compositions.

March 31, 2015 • Howard Levy & Michael Riessler • 7:30 pm, Person Recital Hall

Howard Levy
Howard Levy

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, and producer. Equally at home in jazz, classical, rock, folk, Latin, and world music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. Howard is perhaps best known for the four CDs he recorded with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones in the early 1990s.

Michael Riessler
Michael Riessler

Michael Riessler is one of Germany’s most versatile players and composers of jazz and new music, and presently serves as Professor of Jazz at the Hochschule for Music and Theater Munich. He is also the Artistic Director of the “scuola sperimentale di cinema” in Rome and Composer in Residence at the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen. Riessler’s discography includes over 30 albums including daredevil jazz recordings, radio plays, modern classical music, and film music, and he has collaborated with such artists as David Byrne, Steve Reich, and John Cage.