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Kayla Williams Quartet: Bluegrass, Jazz, & Classical
Massivemuse Outdoors Planetary Music

Kayla Williams Quartet: Bluegrass, Jazz, & Classical

East Williamsburg

Thu, April 11, 2024 7:00 PM, EDT

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Groupmuse and Planetary Music Movement are thrilled to be back in Carroll Hall to present Kayla Williams Quartet, a genre-bending contemporary chamber music group!

The Kayla Williams Quartet explores a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary chamber music. The ensemble strives to bridge the gaps between classical, jazz, folk, and roots music, bringing each of these musical communities into conversation and collaboration. Kayla Williams, violist, vocalist, composer, and the group’s founder, created the ensemble while looking for a way to get back to some of her earliest experiences in music, where the boundaries between genre and style were often much more permeable than they appeared during her classical training.

🎟️ Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm

🍷 Beer and wine available for purchase at this Massivemuse

🎻 Violist Kayla Williams is an advocate for diversifying music through her own experiences as a Black woman. Originally from Florida, Williams began playing the violin at age four then at age ten she discovered her true passion, the viola. As a winner of the 2018 Lynn Concerto Competition, she made her concerto debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto. Williams has been the guest of music festivals across a range of music including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Florida Folk Festival, and the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. Williams has both live and recorded performances with Grammy Award-winner Jon Batiste. As a recitalist, Williams has performed in concert series around the country, including the Island Concert Association February Festival in St. Simons Island, GA, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Guest Artist Music Series. Williams earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL and a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. She is also the recipient of the 2021-2023 Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship.

🎻 Zachary Brown is a contemporary cellist based out of New York City, and born in Far Rockaway, Queens. With degrees in Cello Performance and a concentration in Jazz studies from Ithaca College and Purchase Conservatory, Zach is a cellist that studies and performs both classical repertoire, as well as Jazz and contemporary art forms. Bridging the gap in musical genres, he focuses on his main project Westbound Situation, a string quartet that performs a fusion of jazz, classical, and bluegrass into one all-original material. He has been cello and chamber music faculty at the Usdan Performing Arts Camp, the Larchmont Music Academy, and Riverfolk Music and Arts. He has performed as a guest soloist for both the Mansfield and Marquette symphony orchestras, as well as guest artist at The New Directions Cello Festival.

🎸 After a fateful dog bite in his freshman year, Dan Pappalardo switched from tenor sax to bass and found his voice. Between the good fortune of an excellent high school music program, a music-loving family, and the rich network of mentors in the DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area), he was playing professionally within a year. Pappalardo continued his studies at Oberlin under Peter Dominguez and Gerald Cannon. He earned degrees in both music and psychology, as well as the Wendall Logan prize for leadership and musicianship. His college mentors—Billy Hart, Robin Eubanks, and Sullivan Fortner—recommended moving to New York City, where all three tapped him to perform. Pappalardo’s peers (like Cautious Clay, Max Light, Vanisha Gould, and Guy Mintus) have been an essential source of knowledge, inspiration, and joy. Supporting his friends, Pappalardo has played everywhere from intimate, storied clubs like Smalls and Duc De Lombards to major stages like Newport Jazz Festival and Lollapalooza. Most recently, Pappalardo can be heard on Max Light’s “More Light!” and Clay’s Blue Note release “Karpeh.”

🎹 Known for his “high skill and sensitivity,” (NYTimes) Chris McCarthy is one of the most in demand pianists in New York City. McCarthy has developed a reputation as “one of the most imaginative and impressive voices on the New York jazz scene” (Hot House Jazz Magazine).
McCarthy grew up in the thriving local music scene of Seattle. Early accolades included the 2012 Gerald Wilson Award for big band composition at the Monterey Jazz Festival. After playing with Jerry Bergonzi and Jason Palmer’s working bands in Boston for several years, he moved to New York in 2016 and has been collaborating with artists from around the globe in NYC ever since. He released his debut for Ropeadope Records Still Time To Quit in 2020, featuring Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Michael Blake on sax, Sam Minaie on bass and JK Kim on drums. The album received widespread critical praise, including the #3 slot in Paul Rauch’s “Best Local Jazz Albums of 2020” for Seattle Times. McCarthy is known for his sensitive accompanying of vocalists, working with many of New York’s finest: Vanisha Gould, Lucy Yeghizarian, Aubrey Johnson and Sami Stevens to name a few. McCarthy is also active in the world music scenes, touring with Carnatic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan and Gnawa musician Samir Langus. His playing is featured on albums by rising stars such as vibraphonist Sasha Berliner, (Azalea 2019) and saxophonist Eden Bareket (Day Dream, 2021). In 2021 his playing was featured on BBC Radio 1 and drummer Questlove’s social media. McCarthy also collaborates with R&B duo Lion Babe, and his playing is featured on their album Cosmic Wind. In January 2023 he was a featured artist in legendary pianist Johnny O’Neal’s show “Tribute to the Crooners” at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He currently plays in legendary tap dancer Dormeshia’s new show “Rhythm is Life,” a New York Times Critic’s pick. May 12th 2023 brings the release of Priorities (Fresh Sound Records), McCarthy’s new album of all originals in the piano trio tradition featuring Chris Tordini on bass and Steven Crammer on drums. The international jazz scene will continue to hear from McCarthy for years to come.

What's the music?

Zach Brown Cello
Dan Pappalardo Bass
Gabe Terracciano

Wayfaring Stranger- Traditional

Romance, Op.23, Amy Beach

Squirrel Hunters, Traditional

Sylvia, Kayla Williams & Chris McCarthy

Blackest Crow, Traditional

Sense of Self, Kayla Williams & Chris McCarthy

Gold & Silver, Hallow Bones

African Queen, Horace Silver

Reverie, Debussy Arr. Keoni Bolding

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