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Plein Air Concert Series: Isabelle Olivier with jazz percussionist Ernie Adams

In Smile

  • Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

  • $30 Members • $45 Non-Members

  • On-site • 810 N Dearborn St.

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Our Plein Air Concerts return to our jewel-box courtyard! Enjoy an hour of music with your friends while sipping rosé wine in an intimate setting. We cover the range from jazz to chanson, and classic songbook to mélodie française. Featuring renowned Chicago entertainer Greta Pope; the French jazz woman, harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier; and Nathalie Colas, the silky soprano and music advocate born in Strasbourg.

Tonight’s program: Smile

Isabelle Olivier, harp, and Ernie Adams, percussions, are reunited to sample “Smile”, Isabelle Olivier’s 11th CD they recorded together at Piano Forte in Chicago in 2021. The title track is based on Charlie Chaplin’s silent performance over his 1936 film Modern Times, later made a hit buy Nat King Cole. Expect to leave this evening with a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye!

Door opens at 6:00 p.m. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Please enter via 810 N. Dearborn. Each table of four includes one bottle of Rosé de Provence and salted nuts. Reserve early! Seating is limited in our intimate courtyard. Weather permitting otherwise event moves indoors in our salon.

Upcoming programs:

July 19: Greta Pope with guitarist Curtis Robinson in Ooh La La…Le Jazz Américain!

August 9: Greta Pope with pianist Paul Coscino Ada “Bricktop” Smith and Cole Porter… Une Amitié Spéciale

September 20: Nathalie Colas & Eugenia Cheng, Femmes Compositrices, leurs Voix dans la Mélodie Française

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About Isabelle Olivier:

Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman, harpist, and recording artist offering a fresh and distinctive style to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. A composer working in several genres, such as jazz, Celtic and contemporary music, she also composed the soundtracks for films by Agnes Varda and Abdellatif Kechiche.

Eight years ago, Isabelle Olivier came to Chicago to develop a Franco-American project. The jazz opera Don’t worry, be haRpy is an adaptation of the novel Le Baron Perché by Italo Calvino bringing together American singers and French musicians. In 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago asked her to compose a one hour-long show linked with the exhibition Gauguin : Artist as Alchemist (July 2017).

Isabelle Olivier won the Prix de la Villa Le Nôtre of Versailles in 2015 and was the first composer to benefit from a residency at the Potager du Roi. She is currently the worldwide ambassador of the new electro-acoustic harp Salvi ‘Rainbow.’

She was lucky enough to work with outstanding artists such as Peter Erskine, Didier Lockwood, Ernie Adams, Mitch Haupers, Paul Wertico, enabling her to build a wonderful artistic path as a musician, and to realize the potential of orchestral alchemy and interdisciplinary encounters.

Since 2018, she is a composer associated with the Théâtre de Guyancourt : this residency is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the SACEM. She has created seven shows and is going to continue her creative and diffusion work, as well as her cultural actions there for two years.

Isabelle 11th CD, “Smile”, recorded at Piano Forte in Chicago, just came out in 2022.

About Ernie Adams:

Whether he was swinging hard with Stanley Turrentine, Clark Terry or Buster Williams, burning on some fusion with Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola or Anthony Jackson, laying down seriously funky, solid, pocket with Ramsey Lewis, Nick Colionne or DJ Shon Dervis as Furious Styles, playing a mambo with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval or The Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, covering the click track on pop, rock and radio/TV/movie score music, Ernie Adams proves why he is a world-class drummer’s drummer. Now, add to all of that his professionalism, focus, hard work and great attitude and one can see why he is an in demand musician worldwide. Ernie has over 100 recordings to his name. He teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago, mentors at Ravinia Jazz and is an instructor for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, The Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago.

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