Doctoral Studies: Sounds Like Jazz

Kapustin Sonata No. 14 Op. 120, 3rd Movement recorded live at Helsinki Musiikkitalo, September 21, 2015 (Doctoral Degree Recital No. 1 - Sounds Like Jazz: From Rags to Riches)

Adam is currently undertaking an Artistic Doctoral Degree at the Helsinki Univerisity of the Arts, Sibelius Academy. His project is entitled Sounds Like Jazz: Contextualising the music of Nikolai Kapustin through jazz-influenced piano repertoire of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. It focuses on the music of living Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin, whose piano works seamlessly combine jazz and classical idioms. The project also explores jazz-influenced piano repertoire through a series of five exciting concerts that demonstrate the cross-fertilization between classical and jazz music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The research component investigates how jazz music might be included in a standard, classical piano pedagogy curriculum and what teaching tools might be employed, in order that classical pianists finish their formative years, equipped to confidently perform jazz or jazz-inspired music. This is achieved through a comparative study of prominent, existing piano curricula, combined with interviews and observation sessions of jazz piano pedagogy.

The first of the five concerts in the Sounds Like Jazz project took place in September 2016 and was a great success.

King's Tree

Adam is the founder, arranger and artistic director of the quartet King's Tree. This lively ensemble, fresh from a highly successful 2015 and 2016 recital series, combines the virtuosity of four Sibelius Academy graduates in arrangements of popular tunes borrowing from classical, jazz folk and world music. For more info and upcoming concert dates check out: