Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Otmaro Ruiz & Larry Koonse Duo

Venezuelan born highly acclaimed pianist and arranger Otmaro Ruiz and international recording artist Larry Koonse will present selections from Mr. Ruiz's critically acclaimed CD project Sojourn as well as newer original compositions, in a true merging of Classical, South-American folk, and Jazz. A musical journey that explores the intimate, creative, emotional, and powerful possibilities of duo format.

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188


Otmaro Ruiz (piano, composition)
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, OTMARO RUÍZ began his musical studies at the age of eight with intensive training in classical guitar, organ, piano and music theory. Originally pursuing a scientific career as a biologist at Simón Bolívar University, Otmaro decided to become a full-time pianist and keyboardist. He culminated his academic training at California Institute of the Arts, receiving a master's degree in jazz performance and ascending to the upper echelon of musicians in Los Angeles among Alex Acuña, Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel. Otmaro has performed in virtually every major international jazz festival and with such varied artists as Dianne Reeves, Frank Morgan, Red Halloway, Gino Vannelli, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, John McLaughlin, Frank Gambale, Alain Caron, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Vinnie Colaiuta. In 2012, Mr. Ruiz was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Shepherd University (Korea/USA) and his work as Arranger/Producer was recognized by the American Academy of Recording Arts with a Nomination for the Grammy Awards 2016 (Catina DeLuna and LADO B Brazilian Project). Although he considers versatility as his greatest asset, it is through composition that he communicates his profound sensibilities and command of the art form. His latest full-length album of original music, Sojourn, was released in early 2008. otmaroruiz.com

Larry Koonse (guitar)
Born into a musical family in Southern California, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In his early years he studied with legendary guitar master Jimmy Wyble. Larry was the first recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. Larry has received numerous grammy nominations for his work with Billy Childs and Luciana Souza. He has also toured with Seth MacFarlane, Billy Childs, John Patitucci, David Friesen, Karrin Allyson, Bob Mintzer, Luciana Souza, Natalie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Peter Erskine, Hubert Laws, Bob Brookmeyer, and Warne Marsh. Having been featured on over 300 albums Larry has recorded with Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Jimmy Rowles, Bob Brookmeyer, Luciana Souza, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Mel Torme, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Bill Perkins, Toots Thielemanns, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, David Friesen, Warne Marsh, Charlie Haden, Natalie Cole, Seth MacFarlane, and many other jazz artists. His solo guitar work was featured throughout Crazy, a feature film chronicling the life of the great guitarist Hank Garland. As a leader Larry has made nine recordings and his recent recording, Conversations, features the great pianist David Roitstein in a duo recording of mostly original compositions. Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990. larrykoonse.com

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