Mark Ruschman, Julie and I are welcoming pianist and composer Zach Lapidus to the opening of the James Spencer Russell retrospective exhibition. Zach will be performing, on solo piano, music inspired by the jazz that Jim loved and by Jim’s artwork.
About Zach: A native of Vancouver, Washington, Zach Lapidus is a pianist, composer, and arranger currently living in Indianapolis. A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Zach studied jazz under pianist Luke Gillespie and David Baker, as well as electroacoustic music and synthesis with John Gibson and Jeffrey Hass. Zach completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in 2008, and his senior recital was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, the highest undergraduate honor. He was also awarded a fellowship at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, where he studied with Rufus Reid and James Moody. Most recently, he was named as one of five finalists nationally for the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Jazz Fellowship Awards.