Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Thursday, November 5, 2015
915 East 60th Street
(and South Drexel Avenue)
Chicago, IL, U.S.A. 60637 773
Billy Childs' Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
featuring Dianne Reeves, Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and KUTX’s Eklektikos with John Aielli
Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs pays homage to the great singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and her innovative songbook of joyous, Brill Building jazz-pop.
Childs grew up in Los Angeles in a home with two older sisters. One turned him on to jazz; the other turned him on to Laura Nyro, the singer-songwriter whose early albums became part of the soundtrack to his boyhood. Now, having been inspired by her songs for decades, he presents a concert based on Nyro’s expansive music catalogue.
What a soundtrack Nyro created! She was among the most brilliant composers and singers of the 1960s and ’70s, penning such tunes as Wedding Bell Blues, Stoney End, And When I Die, Sweet Blindness, Eli’s Coming, Stoned Soul Picnic, and Save the Country.
The Cordova Quartet, the Butler School of Music’s graduate quartet, will join Mr. Childs for this performance.
“[Programs] like this gem from pianist/composer Billy Childs manages to capture and even deepen the mystery of Laura Nyro’s song-writing. – The Village Voice