Solo Explorations

Solo Explorations

Wednesday@Noon Recital

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:10–1 p.m.
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Dhiren Panikker, PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, UCR Department of Music


The solo piano medium is rife with musical possibilities. Without the constraints of a conventional rhythm section, the pianist is free to explore and expand parameters of time, tone, and form. At the same time, the singular performance becomes an extended conversation with the musical voices of a collective jazz past. Guided by the aesthetics of black improvisatory traditions and my own ear, I feature the works of Thelonius Monk and Ornette Coleman, as well original compositions and re-envisioned standards.

Dhiren Panikker is a Los Angeles-based musician, scholar, and educator. A Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside, he researches race, improvisation, and the politics of interminority community building in contemporary jazz. Dhiren holds an MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.M. in Jazz Studies from California State University, Fullerton. An active pianist and composer, Dhiren has performed at prominent jazz venues throughout Los Angeles including the Blue Whale, the Jazz Bakery, Catalina Jazz Club, and Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club. He also plays regularly with his own group, Trio Sangha, and as a sideman in various ensembles. Outside of performance, Dhiren maintains a full studio of piano students and conducts workshops on improvisation throughout Southern California.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245

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