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World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest & Festival – Workshop with Bryan Wright

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


in Nutt Auditorium inside the UM Music Building, 350 University Ave.

"Waxing the Strenuous Life!
Recording the Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin: Techniques and Challenges"

Former competitor, musicologist and owner of Rivermont Records, Bryan Wright makes his first appearance in Oxford as clinician and judge. See BIO below:

Bryan S. Wright, Ph.D., is a pianist and musicologist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is presently a instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the founder and owner of Rivermont Records, a label specializing in ragtime and jazz.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Bryan first showed musical interest as a toddler and began classical piano lessons with Sandra Horwege at age 5. Violin lessons were added two years later. In his early teens, Bryan became keenly interested in ragtime, jazz, and related styles, adding pieces by Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, and others to his repertoire. By 15 he was host of a popular weekly radio program, Sunday Night Nostalgia, heard in Central Virginia over WLVA-AM, WVLR-AM, and WLQE-FM. The program featured big bands, vintage jazz, and “old-time radio” dramas (with occasional live in-studio dramas that Bryan directed).

As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia), he furthered his piano studies with Christine Niehaus, taking time to host a weekly ragtime radio program, Elite Syncopations, on WCWM-FM. (The program provided the groundwork for the first 24-hour internet ragtime radio station, Elite Syncopations Radio, which Bryan operated from 2003 to 2010.)

In addition to performances as far afield as France, Japan, and Argentina, Bryan has been a featured pianist and lecturer at some of the most prestigious jazz and ragtime festivals across the United States, including the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, Missouri), the West Coast Ragtime Festival (Sacramento, California), and the JVC Jazz Festival (New York City). He has also performed at the San Antonio Ragtime Festival (San Antonio, Texas), the Oklahoma Centennial Ragtime Festival (Tulsa, Oklahoma), the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival (Columbia, Missouri), and the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival (Rock Hill Furnace, Pennsylvania).

As a musicologist, Bryan completed his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. He has written articles for the Grove Dictionary of American Music and presented papers at both local and national meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and the American Musicological Society (AMS). In 2005 he was winner of the Lowens Award presented by the Capitol Chapter of the American Musicological Society.

Cost: Admission: $15 *Save the $5/ ticket service fee from the on line order by calling your order in to the UM Box Office at (662) 915-7411

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