Billy Childs – piano
Steve Wilson - alt & soprano saxophone
Hans Glawischnig – double bass
Scott - drums
of Sveti Nikola, June
28, at 8 p.m.
Currently, Billy Childs is one of the most sought
after jazz composers, arrangers, and pianists. His bountiful career brought him
ten Grammy Award nominations, three times the charm; two of the prestigious
figurines he won were in the category of the Best Instrumental Composition in
2006 and 2011 (for Into the Light from his release Lyric and for The Path Among
The Trees from Autumn: In Moving Pictures,
respectively) and one in the category of the Best instrumental arrangement
accompanying vocalist(s) in 2006 (for What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life performed
by Chris Botti and Sting).
Billy Childs was born in Los Angeles in 1957. He
discovered his love for music at an early age and got his first piano lessons
from his parents. At the age of 16, he started formal musical education and
with time focused his interests on composition, in which he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1979. His first
jazz gig was a J.J. Johnson's two-week tour in Japan, followed by a six-year
collaboration with Freddie Hubbard (1978–1984), whom Childs considered his true
jazz mentor. In 1988, Childs set off on a solo career with the release of Take For Example, This…, the first of
four albums recorded for the Windham Hill Jazz label. The last two releases, Lyric and Autumn: In Moving Pictures sum up ten years of work with his Jazz-Chamber
Ensemble that uniquely combines classical music and jazz, which earned Childs
broad acclaim from the critics and the audience.
Childs has shared the stage
and the studio with a number of distinguished jazz performers such as Joe
Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Heath, Art
Farmer, Nat Adderly, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, and Don Byron. His
outstanding compositions were performed by a wide variety of orchestras, from
the Detroit Symphony (which in 2010 premiered Childs's concerto for violin and
orchestra, with Regina Carter as the lead violin) over the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
and American Brass Quintet to Kronos Quartet.
In Poreč, Billy Childs will
be performing with three outstanding musicians of his All Star Quartet, who do
not need special introduction: saxophone player Steve Wilson (who played with Chick
Corea, Dave Holland, and Joe Henderson); double bass player Hans Glawischnig
(Bobby Watson, Chick Corea, Phil Woods), and drummer Kendrick Scott
(played with Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, and Joe Lovano).