Composer/Pianist Lisa Hilton Set to Perform in Celebration of Latest Album, “Nocturnal” at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) – Sunday, January 17

Composer/Pianist Lisa Hilton Set to Perform in
Celebration of Latest Album, Nocturnal 
at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) – Sunday, January 17

Lisa Hilton – piano 

JD Allen – tenor saxophone

Ingrid Jensen – trumpet
Ben Williams – bass
Rudy Royston – drums  

Sunday, January 17
Performance at 2:00pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 247-7800

“Simply Phenomenal.” – KVNF

“Exceptional artistry..” – JazzTimes
“The sheer beauty of her playing…the rhythmic acuity,
those silky lines” – DownBeat 
Composer/Pianist Lisa Hilton is set to perform in New York at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00PM in celebration of her upcoming release, Nocturnal (available January 17). Hilton will be joined by tenor saxophonist JD Allen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Rudy Royston

Composer/pianist/band-leader Lisa Hilton has completed her 18th release, Nocturnal, with her most impressive band to date featuring tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Gregg August and drummer Antonio Sánchez. The 11-track album shows remarkable emotional depth and clarity from all band members, exploring the reactive emotions that follow an ill-fated night of events. “It comes from having something not go your way, and what that means to you as you explore the natural reactions to an event in your own personal manner,” explains Hilton. Personal is the key, as Hilton hopes to use musical exploration and improvisation to connect with the listener on a person-to-person basis. “We were trying to explore the multiple layers of human emotions musically.”
These emotions – anger, confusion, love, desire, hope and sadness – are extensively explored throughout the album, reflective in the titles of each song. The feelings demand certain questions to be asked with each composition offering a deeply profound answer to life’s greatest dilemmas.

As a distinctive and thought provoking composer/pianist, Hilton creates compositions that draw on classical traditions, twentieth century modernists, and the avant-garde as much as they look back to icons of American jazz and blues. Hilton’s post bop style influences extend beyond jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to include bluesman Muddy Waters, minimalists like Steve Reich, current rockers Green Day and The Black Keys or modernists Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok.

About Lisa Hilton:

Originally from a small town on California’s central coast, Hilton studied classical and twentieth century piano formally from the age of eight, where she was inspired by her great uncle, Willem Bloemendall, (1910-1937), a young Dutch piano virtuoso. In college though, due to the lack of creativity in the program, she became a music school drop out, switching majors and receiving a degree in art instead. “I approach music as art now,” Hilton explains; “I build the composition with musical elements then ‘paint’ texture and color through improvisation and other concepts.”
Hilton has produced a total of 18 albums to date, representing over 200 compositions to her name.  She has worked with many of this era’s jazz luminaries, notably Christian McBride, Nasheet Waits, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, Lewis Nash, Billy Hart, Bobby Militello, Larry Grenadier, and Marcus Gilmore among others.  Her releases regularly appear on radio charts.
Committed to helping students who are often overlooked, Hilton regularly spends time to help young blind musicians at the historic Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, The Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles, Camp Bloomfield for the Blind in Malibu, California, or with The Berklee College of Music in Boston and their adaptive music lab for visually impaired musicians.  “I enjoy extending help to those with physical disabilities – music should be for everyone,” Hilton explains. 


Lisa Hilton ·  Nocturnal
Ruby Slippers Productions ·  Release Date: January 22, 2016

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