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Nikos Skalkottas and Interwar Jazz Piano recital

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A different Skalkottas

From New York to interwar Berlin and Athens, jazz has left its imprint on the piano works of classical composers, and especially Nikos Skalkottas. Dances like the foxtrot, the tango, and the charleston are traceable in the Greek composer’s music, who seemed to be interested in marrying heterogeneous elements and allusions in his ‘new piano style’, without excluding any of the prevalent genres of his time.

The programme of this recital begins and ends with two piano ‘disasters’, both of them hyperbolical and humorous: Suicide in an Airplane by Leo Ornstein (1918–First World War) and Catastrophe in the Jungle by Nikos Skalkottas (1940-Second World War).

Lorenda Ramou, a versatile musician with startling interpretations and unconventional expression, is among the younger generation’s leading virtuoso pianists specializing in contemporary music. Her repertoire ranges from Bach and Mozart to the 21 st century, with an emphasis on contemporary Greek works.



Lorenda Ramou


Leo Ornstein

Suicide in an Airplane                                           


George Antheil

Jazz Sonata                                                               

Nikos Skalkottas     

Greek Suite                                             
15 Little Variations                      
From 32 Piano Pieces: Nos. 3 and 14

Igor Stravinsky                  




Erwin Schulhoff

Blues (from 5 Études de jazz)                

Nikos Skalkottas     

From 32 Piano Pieces: Nos. 28, 18 and 4

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