Who We Are:

GRAND BAND is a new keyboard sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. 

Described as “awesome” (Sequenza 21), "inventive" (New York Magazine) and “six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (New York Times) following their performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at the 2012 Bang on a Can marathon in New York's World Financial Center Winter Garden, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote, “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir.” and The Glass declared “the 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.” 

A thoroughly modern ensemble, Grand Band champions of new music and living composers. Broadcast regularly on WQXR’s Q2  radio, Grand Band’s upcoming projects include the world premiere of new works by Michael Gordon and Paul Kerekes at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in May 2014. 

 "I had never before contemplated New York culture’s decided lack of supergroups, but Grand Band is verily — and I don’t say this lightly — the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene" 

-Zachary Wolfe  (The New York Times)

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We are thrilled to join the roster for Ariel Artists for the 2015-16 season!

photo by Chris McGuire