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Musician performs new work by Darrel Grant

1/24/2018, 10:01 a.m.
Award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, 21, will be performing a new composition by acclaimed Portland musician Darrell Grant and other works ...
Darrell Grant (left) and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, 21, will be performing a new composition by acclaimed Portland musician Darrell Grant and other works in a series of performances, Jan. 25-27, and at various locations.

Kanneh-Mason, an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music in London, has garnered numerous awards and scholarships for her piano playing since taking up the instrument at age 10. She has made several BBC television and radio appearances, and even performed with Elton John.

Grant is a Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame inductee and prolific musician whose album ‘Black Art’ was listed as New York Times Top 10 Jazz Albums in 1994. His music centers on themes of hope, community, and place and his newest work, ‘Darker Angels,’ which Kanneh-Mason will be performing, was inspired by the work of classical composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, one of the first classical musicians of African descent to gain international recognition.

Her upcoming performances are part of Portland Piano International’s Rising Star series. Tickets and the full line up can be found at Portlandpiano.org/risingstars.