Pianoscapes is a three-concert solo piano series, with performances by Alexander Hawkins, Angelica Sanchez, and Matthew Shipp.

All performances will be given at Frederick YMCA Arts Center at 8pm, doors at 7:30.  The Y Arts Center is located at 115 East Church Street; Frederick, Maryland 21701.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

For further information, contact Bill Shoemaker:


Alexander Hawkins


Alexander Hawkins is an Oxford UK-based composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader. Working in a vast array of creative contexts, he seeks to reconcile both a love of free improvisation and a fascination with composition and structure.

His writing has been said to represent “a fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music,” and his voice one of the “most vividly distinctive ... in modern jazz.” As a pianist, he has been praised for “possessing staggering technical ability and a fecund imagination as both player and composer.” Brian Morton, co-author of The Penguin Guide to Jazz, calls Hawkins “the most interesting Hammond [organ] player of the last decade and more.”

In addition to his solo concerts, Hawkins performs in duos with Nicole Mitchell, Evan Parker, and Tomeka Reid. His trio, quartet co-led with vocalist Elaine Mitchener, and larger ensembles receive enthusiastic reviews throughout Europe. Togetherness Music, released in January 2021, has been called a masterpiece that stands next to the best works of Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton.

In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra’s “Soundhub” program for young composers. He has been widely commissioned by the likes of the BBC, and has performed festivals in Berlin, Chicago, and London and venues such as the South Bank Centre and the Pierre Boulez Saal. He was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” in the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2018, he was elected a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri.

Hawkins’ concert will be his first on the East Coast.


Matthew Shipp


Matthew Shipp possesses a unique style that is entirely his own, one of the few pianists in jazz that can say so. Down Beat cited Shipp as a “musician who deserves a place of choice in the jazz piano pantheon … he is the connection between this past, present and future for jazz heads of all ages.” The Wall Street Journal stated that “Shipp has helped define, with uncommon distinction, a fresh range of possibilities for contemporary pianism grounded in jazz tradition - raise complex questions and yet invites listeners in.”  

With his unique and recognizable style, pianist Matthew Shipp worked and recorded vigorously from the late '80s onward, creating music in which free jazz and modern classical intertwined. He first became well known in the early ‘90s as the pianist in the David S. Ware Quartet, and soon began leading his own dates -- most often including Ware bandmate and leading bassist William Parker, and recording a number of duets with the legendary Roscoe Mitchell, who later performed with Shipp’s trio at a historic 1997 Carnegie Hall concert.

After establishing a new trajectory in chamber jazz through a series of recordings for the Swiss, Hat Hut label, Shipp was the curator and director of the acclaimed "Blue Series" of recordings issued on the Thirsty Ear label in the 2000s, a body of work that set a benchmark for 21st Century jazz. Shipp has continued to be a prolific recording artist, leading or co-leading nearly 100 titles, and counting.

Shipp maintains a vigorous performance schedule, regularly performing at major jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe.


Angelica Sanchez


Pianist/Composer/Educator Angelica Sanchez moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast Sanchez has collaborated with such notable artists as Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, and Richard Davis, among others. Sanchez leads numerous groups, the most recent being her Trio with Michael Formanek and Billy Hart and her Nonet.     

Her music has been recognized in national and international publications including Jazz Times, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune. She was also the 2008 recipient of a French/American Chamber Music America grant, the 2011 Rockefeller Brothers Pocantico artist residency, and the 2021 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Italy. 

Sanchez’s recordings have won critical praise since Sanchez’s debut solo CD A Little House was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. More recently, her piano duo How to Turn the Moon with Marilyn Crispell was voted as one of the top 50 best recordings in the 2020 NPR critics poll. Sparkle Beings, featuring her trio with Michael Formanek and Billy Hart, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the top ten Jazz recordings of 2022. And the recently issued Night Creatures, the debut album of her Nonet, was enthusiastically reviewed by NPR’s Kevin Whitehead.

Angelica Sanchez has a Masters Degree in Arranging from William Paterson University. She is currently on faculty at Bard College.





Trevor Watts and Jamie Harris

OCTOBER 26th, 2023
New Spire Arts – 15 W. PATRICK ST.

Trevor Watts is a globally recognized jazz and world music pioneer. In the 1960s, the English saxophonist permanently expanded the parameters of jazz, co-founding Spontaneous Music Ensemble and leading the equally groundbreaking Amalgam. In the early 1980s, Watts formed the first of several ensembles under the Moire Music banner, blending rhythms from Africa and Asia with jazz-steeped virtuosity, and performing on six continents. Now in its third decade, Watts’ duo with percussionist Jamie Harris distills 60 years of Watts’ immersion in diverse music traditions with ear-grabbing themes, infectious grooves, and an uplifting vibe. A rare opportunity not to be missed.


OCTOBER 7th, 2023
Asbury United Methodist Church – 101 ALL SAINTS ST.


Janel & Anthony

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2023
Frederick YMCA Arts Center – 115 E. CHURCH ST.

Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog are stalwarts of the DC new music scene. In addition to their duo, they both play in Janel’s acclaimed Ensemble Volcanic Ash, and other groups. Janel is a conservatory-trained cellist, steeped in North Indian and Persian music, as well as rock and Americana. Anthony studied jazz at Berklee, subsequently exploring the outer limits of sound and tapping the roots of American music.  They draw from numerous traditions, using an electronics-laced palette to create beyond-category music that is inviting and robust, teeming with engaging melodies and vivid textures.


Lafayette Gilchrist

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2023
New Spire Arts – 15 W. PATRICK ST.

Lafayette Gilchrist returns to Frederick, presenting a solo piano program at New Spire Arts that distills a century of African American music through his unique 21st Century sensibility. Gilchrist creates an exhilarating, kaleidoscopic soundscape with original compositions that draw on Jelly Roll Morton’s Latin tinge, Fats Waller’s stride, Duke Ellington’s elegance, and Thelonious Monk’s quirky swing, as well as funk and go-go rhythms. Lafayette Gilchrist’s solo concerts are an affirmation of soul, swing, and grooves, essentials of American music.


Thumbscrew © 2022 Brian Cohen

APRIL 29th, 2023
New Spire Arts – 15 W. PATRICK ST.

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the internationally acclaimed Thumbscrew, featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, “three of jazz’s most dauntless and resourceful artists,” according to NPR.

A collaboration with New Spire Arts and The City of Frederick


Ingrid Laubrock © 2022 Efrain Ribeiro

APRIL 1st, 2023
INGRID LAUBROCK, saxophones; TOM RAINEY, drums
Frederick YMCA Arts Center – 115 EAST CHURCH ST.

Ingrid Laubrock:
Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock was named a “true visionary” by pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director Jason Moran, and a “fully committed saxophonist and visionary” by The New Yorker. She has received the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and commissions the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University and other funders.

Tom Rainey:
Percussionist Tom Rainey has literally played with jazz greats from A to Z, from John Abercrombie to Denny Zeitlin. He is the recipient of composition and performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jacqueline Kerrod © 2022 Leonardo Mascaro

MARCH 18th, 2023
TAYLOR HO BYNUM, cornet; JACQUELINE KERROD, harp + electronics
Frederick YMCA Arts Center – 115 EAST CHURCH ST.

Taylor Ho Bynum:
One of the more accomplished under-50 improvisers and composers in the US, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum has led ensembles varying from sextets to 15-piece orchestras on 20 critically acclaimed recordings. He is the director of the Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth College. He contributes to The New Yorker.

Jacqueline Kerrod:
Harpist Jacqueline Kerrod has toured internationally with NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton. She has performed with such renowned contemporary music ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has a Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.


Lafayette Gilchrist

FEBRUARY 18th, 2023
Weinberg Center for the Arts – 20 W. PATRICK ST.

Brian Settles, tenor saxophone; Christian Hizon, trombone; Herman Burney, bass; Kevin Pinder, percussion; Eric Kennedy, drums

Celebrate Black History Month with Lafayette Gilchrist, best known for his music heard on the iconic television series, The Wire. Gilchrist pays homage to Herbie Nichols, a composer overlooked during his too-brief lifetime, but now compared to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Leading his new sextet, the pianist will also perform his own groove-laden compositions.

A collaboration with Weinberg Center for the Arts and The City of Frederick


Michael Formanek © 2022 Efrain Ribeiro

NOVEMBER 5th, 2022
MICHAEL FORMANKEK, double bass; BRIAN SETTLES, tenor saxophone
Frederick YMCA Arts Center – 115 EAST CHURCH ST.

Michael Formanek:
Double bassist and composer Michael Formanek has led some of the more acclaimed jazz ensembles of the past 25 years, including his Elusion Quartet, Very Practical Trio, and the 18-piece Ensemble Kolossus. His compositions have been supported by Chamber Music America, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and other institutions.

Brian Settles:
Since earning his Masters of Music from Howard University, Brian Settles has become an in-demand tenor saxophonist, performing in acclaimed ensembles like Luke Stewart’s Silt Trio. The New York Times identifies Settles as “one of several young improvisers [who are] insightful and invigorating.”



Susan Alcorn © 2022 Efrain Ribeiro

OCTOBER 15th, 2022
SUSAN ALCORN, pedal steel guitar; ROBERT DICK, flutes
Frederick YMCA Arts Center – 115 EAST CHURCH ST.

Susan Alcorn:
Susan Alcorn has extended the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music, exploring jazz, tango nuevo, and other idioms. She has collaborated with numerous iconic musicians like Pauline Oliveros and Evan Parker. In 2017, she received the Baker Artist Award; in 2018, she and her long-time collaborator Joe McPhee won the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

Robert Dick:
Robert Dick is to the flute what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar, an artist who introduced new worlds of sound. His trademarked Glissando Headjoint allows for voice-like pitch fluctuations and his use of multiphonics and his palette of timbres are unparalleled, particularly on the seldom-heard bass and contrabass flutes.


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