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From Bach to Piazzola: An Evening of Music for Double Bass and Piano April 7

From Bach to Piazzola: An Evening of Music for Double Bass and Piano

Saturday, April 7, 7-9 p.m.

Harper Main Campus, Building A, Room A238

Bassist Karim Yengsep weaves a common narrative between compositions from different genres and composers by adding new transcriptions from tango nuevo, bossa nova, and jazz into the mix with old favorites. Accompanied by the intuitive and masterful piano work of Chicago pianist Lara Driscoll, they take the audience on a journey From Bach to Piazzolla in An evening of music for double bass and piano.

Tickets: General Admission $10, Student/Faculty/Senior $7
Purchase tickets through the Harper Box Office: online at harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6100.

Tentative Program (Program selections and/or order may change at performer’s discretion.)

  1. Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 (J.S. Bach)
  2. Sinfonia, Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156 (J.S. Bach, arr. Karr/Lewis)
  3. Après un rêve, Trois mélodies, Op. 7 (Fauré, arr. Zimmerman)
  4. Oblivion (Piazzolla)
  5. Chanson Triste (Koussevitzky)
  6. Ballade Three E B G (Gil, arr. Yengsep)
  7. Love Theme, Cinema Paradiso (Morricone, arr. Yengsep)
  8. Across a River’s Dream (Plumeri)


  1. Por una Cabeza (Gardel)
  2. Insensatez (Jobim, arr. Passos/Carter)
  3. Libertango (Piazzolla)
  4. Soledad (Piazzolla, arr. Yengsep)
  5. Three Short Stories (Mays)

Karim Yengsep, Double Bass: Karim studied bass at Western Oregon University (BA in Music ‘05) with Dan Schulte, which he attended as a recipient of International Cultural Service Program scholarship. In 2007, he continued studying double bass with Michael Cameron and Larry Gray at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received both Master of Music in Double Bass Performance (2009) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance (2012) degrees as a recipient of full tuition waiver awards. While in graduate school, Karim executive produced, co-arranged the music, and performed on an album of eclectic mix of contemporary Latin Jazz, Brazilian popular music, and Argentine tango nuevo, Bossa Nuevo, which was released by Teal Creek Music (TC-2021) in October 2010. ​

As a music educator, Dr. Yengsep taught strings at Portland, Oregon, public schools while working on his doctoral project, and held teaching positions at Almaty Tchaikovsky College of Music, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, and Kazakh National University of Arts in his native Kazakhstan from 2012 through 2015. During Summer 2017, he served as the Fine Arts Instructor and coached Jazz Band Workshop for the Pre–College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college.

Karim is a Suzuki registered teacher and began his Suzuki bass pedagogy training with Virginia Dixon in August 2017. He currently teaches double bass at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School, and joined the music faculty at the Community Music and Arts Center at Harper College in December 2017. Learn more about Karim at his website: contrabajisimo.net


Lara Driscoll, Piano: Lara Driscoll is a French-American pianist and composer from Chicago. While recently completing her master’s in Jazz Performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, she performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, recorded an album of her original trio compositions, and taught as a lecturer of jazz piano, theory, and history for McGill. Lara has since joined the music faculty at Harold Washington College (Chicago City College) and Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in piano, jazz, world music, and humanities.

A versatile artist with a passion for expressive communication through music, Lara performs with her jazz trio, Tango Espejo, Poste-AM Quintet, Bossa Nuevo, Beat Kitchen, Mark O’Connor Quintet, and many other projects. She has performed in venues such as The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Chicago Symphony Center, Krannert Center, Pickstaiger Hall, Peoria Bach Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Montreal Jazz Festival, Upstairs Jazz Bar, The LilyPad, and has shared the stage with artists such as Terrell Stafford, Jim Pugh, Dick Oates, Fred Wesley, Larry Gray, Andre White, Joel Miller, Jean Michel Pilc and Kevin Turner.

Lara studied with Cheryl Lim, Alain Swain, Chip Stephens, Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Dana Hall, Joan Hickey, William Heiles, Jan Jarczyk, Remi Bolduc, Josh Rager, Joe Sullivan, and Jeff Johnston, among others. Lara was awarded the UIUC John Garvey, North Texas Jazz Festival outstanding soloist and Union League Civic & Arts 1st place Graduate Jazz Composition, Performance, and “People’s Choice” awards. Lara’s trio (Dave Laing and Remi-Jean LeBlanc) was recently invited to perform her original compositions at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about Lara at her website: laradriscoll.com.

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