PIANIST & VOCALIST
From Manhattan’s elegant Café Pierre and Four Seasons Hotel to Carnegie Hall, pianist/vocalist Kathleen Landis continues to delight both longtime and new audiences with her extensive repertoire and interpretive musicianship. Kathleen combines her life-long study and performance of classical repertoire with her other musical side, jazz improvisation, creating her concert and club selections from that specialized repertoire as well as the Great American Songbook. Kathleen ignites her music with that duality of expression and musical language, imbuing her performance surroundings with musical sophistication, diversity and a warm, ingratiating presence, drawing a coterie of New York and international devotees.
Kathleen has performed in many other major New York venues, including Steinway Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, Caramoor, the Tilles Center and the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In preparation for the release of her debut CD, Gershwin Island to Island, she produced a series of concerts at Weill Recital Hall and the Village Gate to highlight the Centennial of his birth. That highly acclaimed recording showcases her skill as an arranger, pianist and singer. A musical crossover herself, she presents Gershwin’s music with refreshing verve and illuminates the multi-faceted aspects of Gershwin’s compositions: symphonic, theatrical and improvisational.
In 2010 Kathleen opened a new jazz room “Lily’s” in New York’s Roger Smith Hotel with her trio, featuring tenor saxophonist Bob Kindred. She also joined violinist Sarah Geller's newly formed group “Segue”, a string and dance ensemble which combines Flamenco, Classical Spanish and Argentine Tango art forms. For this group, Kathleen arranges both traditional Tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla. Their sold out concert at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium on May 1st, featured acclaimed Tango dancers Leonardo and Olga Suarez Paz.
Later in 2011, she will, for the first time, be presented as musical director/arranger for an artist other than herself. This special cabaret performance, A Tribute to Johnny Mathis, with vocalist Frank Dain, will open in New York City’s most intimate cabaret spot, the Metropolitan Room.
In addition to a rigorous performance schedule, she is a much sought-after Steinway recommended private teacher and music educator. She lectures on the joy of improvising and developing one's musical intuition. Her students range from age three to 82 years.
More recently, Kathleen was the recipient of a grant that will enable her to compose chamber ensemble compositions influenced by improvisation and modern Nuevo Tango.