Pianist Cory Smythe’s music “dissolves the lines between composition and improvisation with rigor” (Chicago Reader). In Guelph, he will animate the jazz standard “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” or perhaps a ghostly apparition of it: Its swirling and spiralling vocality, its portrayal of deceit and disappearance, its fluidic memorial to acrid, heartbreaking loss. To do so, Smythe will augment the piano’s sound resources with a range of nuanced, mysterious electronic extensions, transforming this most canonical of instruments into something –– like the love affair the Kern/Harbach standard laments –– that isn’t quite what it seems.
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photo credit: Moritz Bichler