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Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope (Edition)

Talk about your lively and lovely pairings. Despite their extremely different backgrounds—pianist Kevin Hays hails from suburban Connecticut, guitarist Lionel Loueke from Benin—these two notables show uncommonly strong bonds and clear communication skills. Personalities and palettes remain distinctive in their presentations, but time, shape, playfulness, and space align in beautifully uncanny fashion. Working in perfect … Read More “Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope (Edition)”

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Kevin Hays: Variations

The artist’s intent aside, the most direct path to hearing how each of the solo piano miniatures on Variations varies from its successors is to listen to each cycle in sequence, rather than how Kevin Hays has ordered these compositions. For example, the simplicity and stateliness of the opening “Variations on a Theme by Schumann … Read More “Kevin Hays: Variations”

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