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Jazz trio meets classical quartet

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Stu MacAskie and his jazz trio will perform in a concert that includes classical music from the David Felberg Quartet.

Stu MacAskie and his jazz trio will perform in a concert that includes classical music from the David Felberg Quartet.

It should be a friendly encounter when jazz and classical music meet on the same stage and the same time on Dec. 15 in Placitas.

The Stu MacAskie Trio represents jazz universe and the David Felberg Quartet comes from the classical world.

“I think the most important notion for me is this idea of dabbling in both of those worlds,” said MacAskie, a veteran Albuquerque pianist and composer.

“Sometimes it will be a jazz trio with a string quartet attached. Other times we will bring the jazz trio into a more classical setting or sometimes we’ll be having a classical sort of sound but I’ll be improvising.”

He said the concert will have what he called a mixed bag of music.

There will be one Frederic Chopin prelude. From the jazz side will be several MacAskie tunes including “Everyday Music” and his arrangement of Chris Potter’s tune “Invisible Man.”

There will be holiday music. MacAskie said the program will feature “The Christmas Song.”

Joining him in the trio are drummer John Bartlit and bassist Asher Barreras.

With violinist Felberg in the quartet are violinist Megan Holland, violist Justin Pollack and cellist James Holland.

Felberg noted that the quartet will be reading sheet music (because) “in the classical world we’re very much tied to the score. In jazz, all you have are your ears. It’s a heightened level of chamber music.”

He’s looking forward to the concert and thinks it will be fun for the jazz and classical musicians.

The concert is part of the Placitas Artists Series.

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