Montana State University — College of Arts and Architecture — President’s Fine Arts Series 2010-2011

Season Finale : Jazz Desserts

Philip Aaberg
& friends


April 21st

Reynolds Recital Hall
Pre–event reception starts at 6:30

This year, due to generous underwriting, the President’s Fine Arts Series will be presented at no cost.

To reserve tickets call:994-4405

Philip Aaberg gained international recognition through a series of successful piano recordings released on Windham Hill Records. Although classically trained, Aaberg incorporates classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, and new music elements into his compositions and musical structures. Although best known for his solo piano work, he is most at home in the chamber jazz genre. His compositions are noted for their “rigorous keyboard technique, diverse influences, and colorful compositional style.”

Aaberg was born in northern Montana in 1949 and raised in Chester, Montana. By the age of 14 he was performing with local bands at dances in Chester. Aaberg studied music at Harvard University on a Leonard Bernstein scholarship. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in music, he moved to Oakland, CA and played in blues clubs for several years. He also toured and recorded as a member of Elvin Bishop’s Group at the time of its greatest popularity, and co–wrote the title song of the band’s 1976 “Struttin’ My Stuff” release.

In 1985, Aaberg signed a recording contract with Windham Hill Records and released the highly acclaimed solo album “High Plains&lrquo; that showcased his eclectic musical background. He followed this up with five solo albums: Cinema (1992), Field Notes; (2000), Live from Montana (2000), which received a Grammy nomination, Christmas (2002), and Blue West (2005). Aaberg also appeared regularly on the popular Windham Hill Sampler albums over the past 20 years and has had success in various collaborations and ensemble projects.

Aaberg has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has appeared at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival. As a guest artist, he has performed on over 200 albums and on PBS’s All-American Jazz program, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. He has appeared with Peter Gabriel and the Doobie Brothers in concert.

In 2000, Aaberg began his own record label, Sweetgrass Music, through which he has since endeavored to produce music that “connects a global audience to the sweeping landscape of the West.” Throughout his career, Aaberg has produced music that consistently translated Montana’s farms, ranches, and native cultures into “musical concepts” and has “forged a unique keyboard style that paints an audible portrait of his home state.”

Information from Wikipedia