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Roberta Piket Trio at Old Siskiyou

The Siskiyou Institute presents the Roberta Piket Trio featuring Ratzo Harris on bass and Billy Mintz on the drums, Friday, Oct. 20 8 p.m. at the Old Siskiyou Barn. Tickets are $20 and a student discount is available

For reservations and more information call 488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitue.com.

In the time since pianist/composer Roberta Piket returned to her native New York, the New England Conservatory graduate has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Billy Mintz, Harvey Wainapel, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra and has twice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. It is in her work as a composer and bandleader, however, that the depth of Piket's talent becomes most evident.

Roberta, who holds a B.S. in Computer Science which she earned concurrently with her music degree, turned away from a future as a software engineer after a year in that field to pursue an inevitable path in creative music. A gifted composer, Roberta placed second in the first annual Thelonious Monk BMI Composers' Competition.

Recently, Roberta played solo and in duo with Marian McPartland in concert at the Eastman School of Music. Roberta's trio has toured Japan (performing twelve nights at the Blue Note Club in Fukuoka) as well as the U.S. Roberta has also performed her music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and all over New York, including the Texaco-New York Jazz Festival, Smalls, the Blue Note Club, Birdland and the Knitting Factory.

Roberta's CDs frequently make the "best of" lists of the major jazz magazines. Whether performing her original compositions or highly personalized reworkings of standards, Roberta's daring rhythmic modulations and vast harmonic expansiveness set a new standard for the piano trio. "September of Tears", released in Japan, finds Roberta joining forces with Rufus Reid and Billy Hart for an adventurous program of originals and reworked standards. Her upcoming release features the virtuosic gifts of Roberta's new trio featuring bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Billy Mintz.

For more information about Roberta, please visit her website at

Jazz Improvisation Workshop

Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.

$5 students teachers/$10 general public

Several student scholarships available

Open to all instruments

This workshop will feature Roberta and her trio demonstrating the ins and outs of performing in a jazz trio. She will discuss a number of different topics related to jazz improvisation and will be open to any questions from participants. She will also address the concerns that teachers may have of how to teach students to improvise.

Roberta maintains an active schedule as an educator. She has held master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Rutgers University, Cal Arts, Duke University, the Northwestern University Composers' Colloquium, and many others in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has coached ensembles at Long Island University, has several private students, has served as a panelist for the Queens Council on the Arts grant review process and has taught at the Litchfield Jazz Camp and the Vermont Jazz Center. She is also the author of the Jazz Piano Vocabulary series of workbooks.