Rags, Blues and All That Jazz
Saturday, October 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | add to Google Calendar
This live musical performance will take place in person at the Library in the Yeager Community Room.
An exploration of these three styles of American music tracing their emergence and development between 1890-1930. With music by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Thomas “Fats” Waller and others, this inspiring lecture recital combines virtuosity and musicality in equal measure.
Presented by: Peter Muir is a versatile international pianist and vocalist whose approach is guided by a passionate belief in the power of music to transform the well-being of individuals and communities. His performance has been described by the New York Times as “potent” and by Newsday as “terrific”. Originally from the United Kingdom, he studied piano with Sidney Harrison and was a prize-winning student of Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music, London.
Since graduating, he has performed all over the world as a soloist and accompanist in both classical and vernacular music. Particularly well known for his ragtime, blues, and jazz playing, he has performed at major festivals in the US, along with concerts and broadcasts in Britain, continental Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia, where he improvised music tracks for silent movies for the Australian National Sound and Screen Archive.
Dr. Muir is an acknowledged authority on American vernacular music with a Ph.D., in musicology. His book Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in American Culture, 1850-1920, was recently published by Illinois University Press to wide acclaim.
A committed, award-winning educator with three decades of experience, Dr. Muir has developed an approach to making and learning music especially designed to maximize its therapeutic impact. In particular his work with people with disabilities has been featured in national and international media, including peer-reviewed journals.
Learn more about Dr. Muir and sample his playing at www.PeterMuir.com.