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The University of Maine at Farmington plans to present An Evening of Improvised Piano Music by Aaron Wyanski, UMF assistant professor of Music Composition at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s Performance Space on Academy Street.
Wyanski is a composer, pianist, and speculative musicologist working in, and in between, the creative practices of jazz, classical, mid-century lounge, and free improvisation. He might be the only person who can say that they’ve had compositions premiered at Carnegie Hall, destroyed an instrument onstage at CBGBs, and backed a Sinatra impersonator at a Florida aquarium. Wyanski distills this wide-ranging and stylistically diverse experience into a deeply personal artistic voice that explores memory, perspective, and vulnerability.
His music has been featured at New Music Miami, the Hartford New Music Festival, and Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, and he has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Performers who have commissioned and/or premiered Wyanski’s works include Duo Refracta, the Amaranth Quartet, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Robert Frankenberry, Krista Kopper, Roger Zahab, Yoon Sun Choi, and Jacob Sacks.
An active educator, Wyanski is currently Assistant Professor of Music Composition at UMF, and maintains a small private studio. He also co-founded the Monson Seminar, a residential course for Pell-eligible and first-generation college students, alongside Kristen Case.
He has previously taught at Sweet Briar College, and the Hartt School. He holds a DMA in Music Composition from the Hartt School, an MFA in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BM in Jazz Studies from Purchase College, and an AS in Music Performance from Schenectady County Community College.
For more information about the free concert contact Ann Bartges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center at ann.bartges@maine.edu or 207-778-7461.


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