CAROL LIEBOWITZ, piano
Pianist and singer Carol Liebowitz brings a uniquely expressive and personal sound to the jazz and free improvisation scene. After focusing on classical repertoire at the High School of Performing Arts and NYU, her musical direction turned to improvisation and she began studying with Connie Crothers. Other influential teachers have included Sal Mosca, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan. She has performed in Europe and throughout the New York City metropolitan area in venues such as Roulette, The Stone, Cornelia Street Cafe, ibeam, The Firehouse Space, Arts for Art, Spectrum, Galapagos and Birdland. In addition to frequent solo concert appearances, Carol has worked in various groups — from duos to sextet — with musicians including Daro Behroozi, Tom Blancarte, Adam Caine, Daniel Carter, Bill Chattin, Claire de Brunner, Maryanne de Prophetis, Andrew Drury, Ken Filiano, Birgitta Flick, Guillermo Gregorio, Ratzo Harris, Ron Horton, Louise D.E. Jensen, Will Jhun, KenYa Kawaguchi, Adam Lane, Eva Lindal, Nick Lyons, Adam Melville, Don Messina, Ryan Messina, Bill Payne, John Pietaro, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, John Wagner, Michael Wimberly, Andrea Wolper, and dancer Michiru Inoue. Her CD, “Payne Lindal Liebowitz,” a trio with clarinetist Bill Payne and violinist Eva Lindal on Line Art Records, was chosen by Art Lange as one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs in the NPR 2015 Jazz Critics Poll. Defined by “high caliber musicianship and intelligent, electrifying artistry” (Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz), Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine writes “Simply put, they sound like no one else. . . . The recording is superb.” Her 2016 live Line Art recording “First Set” with Nick Lyons ("almost telepathic . . . hypnotically engaging”—Roger Farbey, All About Jazz), and 2017’s Line Art CD Poetry from the Future from the quartet TO BE CONTINUED—with Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter and Kevin Norton—has "all four musicians merging into a unique soundscape" (Robert Iannapollo, The New York City Jazz Record). Carol has two releases on the New Artists label: “Waves of Blue Intensities,” a duo with tenor saxophonist Bob Field, and “Time on My Hands,” a voice and guitar duo with Andy Fite. A live concert recording with Bill Payne and special guest, poet Mark Weber—Spiderwebmandala—will be released in June 2018, and a duo CD with tenor saxophonist Birgitta Flick, Malita-Malika, is also planned for 2018.
“It quite simply was one of the greatest solo piano concerts I’ve ever witnessed…” —Mark Weber, poet
“…she doesn’t sound much like anyone but herself.” —Chris Kelsey