The LAJC presents The Whyman Project & the Nora Germain Group
$15 ($10 for students with valid ID)
Pianist Ryan Whyman began his classical piano studies at age six, and soon developed an twin affinity for jazz and orchestral movie scores. As a student at California State University, Northridge, Ryan split his time between playing with the talented students in the CSUN Jazz Department and writing volumes of music for his primary focus of study as a Media Composition major. He has an inexhaustible reservoir of ideas, which he pours into his compositions and also spins them off the top of his head spontaneously through his nimble fingers. He has a unique gift for creating what sound like fully-formed solo piano compositions on the spot, and in virtually any style, from Errol Garner to Cecil Taylor to Prokofiev.
Nora Francesca Germain has had a first-rate music education, making history as the first jazz violinist to come out of both the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the USC Thornton School of Music. Nora also spent time in New York, studying music at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she became friends and collaborators with John Mayer guitarist Zane Carney and pianist Jon Baptiste, who is the heir-apparent to Paul Schaffer’s legacy on the Late Show, just as Steven Colbert is to David Letterman. Nora has made the most of her time in Los Angeles, appearing with Sam Smith on the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and performing with luminaries like saxophonist John Altman, musical wunderkind Jacob Collier and American Idol jazz singer and bassist Casey Abrams.