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Beth Arrison blending classical and jazz music

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Beth Arrison is bringing her blend of piano based jazz and classical music to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 26.Beth Arrison plays Lethbridge, May 26. Photo Submitted
“It’s jazz based,” said Arrison from Squamish on her way to a rehearsal for another gig.

 She will be touring playing Lethbridge with  Calgary musicians drummer Nathan Giebelhaus and  bassist Kodi Hutchinson.

 Arrison is from Bassano originally, lived in the Calgary area for a while, but has moved to Vancouver.

 “I was trained  to play classical piano when I was young, but I always liked that jazz has a lot of improvisation,” she said.

 She will be coming to southern Alberta for a classical performance of two pianos, eight hands in Red Deer before coming to Lethbridge for her own jazz show.

 While she has played with her drummer Nathan Giebelhaus, she has never met bassist Kodi Hutchinson.
“So there will be that element of surprise,” she said.

 She has to go back to Red Deer immediately after her Let

hbridge show for her piano concert.
 She enjoys both classical and jazz performances.
“With classical music, it is more about how you play a particular piece. With jazz, it is more about improvising,” she said.
“I like being able to play jazz music in a classical context. or playing jazz music  while adding classical elements to it,” she added.
Arrison expects she will be on stage at 10:30 p.m., May 26 as there is an opening act.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2012 18:43 )  
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