Peter Kenagy and Carmen Staaf Perform at the Music Workshop


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Artists-at-Large presents the Peter Kenagy / Carmen Staaf Duo as part of the Music Workshop series on Monday, April 30 at 8:30pm.

Peter Kenagy - trumpet
Carmen Staaf - piano

Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge
15 Dana Ave, Hyde Park
$7 donation suggested.

The Eagles Lodge is accesible by #32 bus and the Commuter Rail (Hyde Park station).


Trumpeter Peter Kenagy's music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own. Kenagy draws on a vast range of styles in his original compositions and arrangements. Despite his relative youth, he plays with a relaxed confidence that give his sound a grace and delicacy that are distinctly mature.

In his relatively short career, Kenagy has played at festivals and concerts in Switzerland, Holland, France, Italy, Mexico and Panama, as well as throughout the US. He's appeared in small clubs and schools, on concert stages and streets, and at city functions, dances, international festivals, and backyard cookouts. He's performed with young contemporaries and elder statesmen alike, joining the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra for recording session featuring legends Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone, and playing with the trio of brilliant twenty-two-year-old pianist Carmen Staaf at the 2004 Panama Jazz Festival. His collaborations include musicians from a whole world of styles: Mali drummer/dancer/guitarist/singer Mohammed “Joh" Camara's Jama Jigi, playing dance music, 1920's-repertoire Happy Feet Dance Orchestra, the Brazillian/Jazz fusion of the Felipe Sallest Quintet, and Hans Indigo's groovy, spoken-word adventures with the Indigo Invention Group.

His debut album, Little Machines, was released by the Barcelona-based Fresh Sound New Talent label in 2004 and features seven original compositions played by the Peter Kenagy Sextet, a talented young group of Boston musicians.

Kenagy received his bachelors and masters degrees in jazz performance from New England Conservatory, where his primary teachers included the vibrant Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, valve-trombonist/composer Bob Brookmeyer, and the virtuosic Charles Schlueter, longtime principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, visit www.peterkenagy.com


A native of Seattle, WA, jazz pianist and accordionist Carmen Staaf has performed internationally at the Festa do Jazz do Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisbon, Portugal, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, and at the Concurso de Jovenes Jazzistas (Young Jazz Musicians Contest) in Havana, Cuba. As a winner of the 2004 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Competition, she performed at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California and the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In 2004 Carmen was selected to attend the International Music Council's International Music Day celebrations in Paris, France, and performed at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago as a participant in the prestigious Steans Institute for Young Artists.

Ms. Staaf has worked with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Stefon Harris, and has shared the stage with other musical greats including Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid and Ernestine Anderson. She was the pianist in Malian kora master Balla Tounkara's afro-pop group and currently plays piano and accordion in the New York-based klezmer band Khevre, led by clarinetist Michael Winograd. She also subs with Hankus Netsky's Klezmer Conservatory Band and with Susan Watts and the Fabulous Shpielkehs. Her recent appearances with Khevre inclue Tonic and Pete's Candy Store in New York and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has participated in many studio recordings; most recently she recorded with Khevre on its debut album “Oyfn Sheydveg" and with the Staaf Quartet, which she co-leads, on its eponymous first release, as well as on Richie Barshay's album “Homework". Carmen's compositions and arrangements have been performed by pianist Ran Blake and the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, as well as being featured on the Staaf Quartet recording.

Carmen is currently a faculty member at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches private piano lessons and keyboard labs as a member of the piano department. Ms. Staaf studied at the New England Conservatory with Danilo Perez and Bob Brookmeyer and has been coached by James Moody, Johnny Griffin, David Baker, and George Cables. Carmen has immersed herself in many styles, building on a foundation of classical studies. She spent six months studying and performing in Cuba and is well versed in many Caribbean and South American genres. While a student at the New England Conservatory, Carmen simultaneously completed a degree in anthropology at Tufts University.

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