Composer and Bassit, Linda May Han Oh, riffs alongside her husband and pianist, Fabian Almazan, during this intimate six-concert series for Spoleto Festival US. Here is what you should know:
Almazan’s compositions—which “borrow from jazz, modern classical, and echoes of [his] Cuban heritage” (Downbeat)—defy easy categorization. He’s an ideal match for May Han Oh, whose powerful and graceful playing also spans genres thanks to what NPR calls her “gift of liquid dynamism.”
With Fabian on the piano and Linda on the bass, the two explore sonic possibilities as their musical sensibilities align.
A Little More…
LINDA MAY HAN OH (bass)
Linda May Han Oh is a New York City-based bassist/composer who has performed with artists such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Raised in Perth, Western Australia, she was voted the 2018 – 2021 Bassist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist’s Association, as well as the 2022 Bassist of the Year in Jazztimes Magazine. Linda is a Jerome Foundation Fellow, a recipient of the 2020 APRA award for Best New Jazz Work and a 2020 Sundance Interdisciplinary Grant—collaborating with filmmaker Sabrina McCormick. She was recently featured as the bassist in the 2020 Disney Pixar movie Soul and has released five albums as a leader which have received critical acclaim.
FABIAN ALMAZAN (piano)
Fabian Almazan has explored his way through imaginative music as an improviser and composer. Almazan has developed a personal voice through the electric manipulation of the acoustic piano, some of which can be heard on the 2019 film Harriet by Kasi Lemmons. He has performed on film scores such as Miracle at St. Anna (2008) and Just Wright (2010). He has toured his music extensively as well as accompanied artists such as Terence Blanchard, Gretchen Parlato, Mark Guiliana, Avishai Cohen, and Ambrose Akinmusire. As an environmentalist and naturalist, Almazan traveled back to his homeland of Cuba where he made field recordings of endemic birds which were then incorporated into This Land Abounds with Life, Almazan’s most recent album. He is the founder/director of Biophilia Records which ensures a dialogue of awareness concerning music and environmental justice.
To get a feel for Linda and Fabian’s music and other artists like them coming to Spoleto this year, check out our playlist on Spotify. Our friends over at Charleston City Paper recently sat down with Linda and Fabian as well to do a Q&A—you can read that here.
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Linda May Han Oh and Fabian Almazan will take the stage at Festival Hall beginning Thursday, June 2 and will run through Monday, June 6.