Rendez-vous Musical #90

This year’s Fête de la Cité edition of the Rendez-vous Musical has been created by the resident musicians on the theme of cities and countries, presenting music from around the world. From Billy Joel to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, this musical offering is as diverse as the cultures that inspired it.

The concert will be followed by a visit of the End of Year Exhibition and the departure of the Fanfare Climatique from the FEU garden.

Practical Information

Date Sunday, May 14 | Time 5pm | Évènement Facebook

Free reservation


Billy Joel (1949-)
New York State of Mind

Simon & Garfunkel
The Onloy Living Boy in New York
Anson Jones, voice and piano

Scott Joplin (1868 -1917)
Wall Street Rag

Chick Corea (1941-2021)
Samuel Gaskin, piano

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Hungarian Dance N°5 en FA Dièse mineur
Lusi Xie & Samuel Gaskin, piano

Improvisations on “P-A-R-I-S”
Samuel Gaskin, piano & Jonathan Mutel, violin

Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)
Quinze Musiques Hongroises Paysannes – Magyar parasztdalok, Sz. 71, BB 79
Quatres vieux morceaux
I. Rubato
II. Andante – Poco sostenuto – Più andante (Tempo I) – Poco sostenuto – Più andante
III. Poco rubato – Sostenuto
IV. Andante
V. Andante – Sostenuto, poco rubato – Tempo I
VI. Ballad (Theme with variations). Andante – Più andante – Poco adagio – Più andante – Maestoso
Anciennes Danses.
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegretto
IV. L’istesso tempo
V. Assai moderato
VI. Allegretto
VII. Poco più vivo – Allegretto
VIII. Allegro
IX. Allegro – Più vivo – Poco più meno vivo
Edgar Jaber, piano

Francis Poulec (1899 – 1963)
Suite de Napoli
I. Barcarolle
II. Nocturne
III. Caprice italien
Ian Tomaz, piano

Les artistes en résidence

Anson Jones is a singer, composer, and songwriter from New York City whose work pulls in turns from modern jazz, modern classical music, and popular music. She graduated from Princeton University in the class of 2022, where she won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Isodore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize in Music. She is 2022-2023 Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley scholar and FEU resident, composing a suite of music inspired by Parisian examples of glass architecture. In between academic projects, she enjoys making more commercial music – she loves indie, rock, and folk music, and in June 2022 she released an EP of jazz-rock fusion on Modern Icon Recordings. For both her commercial and academic music, she’s played with her own groups around New York City, joined in writer’s showcases like the New York Songwriters’ Circle and the 5PM Concert Series, and performed at the 2020 Litchfield Jazz Festival.

Anson is passionate about many other fields as well – she has passions for music cognition, computer science, art, and architecture. She has even worked at a series of architecture firms and as a data science intern at a neuroscience lab. Her range of interests all inform her approach towards music-making as an interdisciplinary process.

 Jonathan Mutel is a prominent violinist on the international stage, and open to many musical repertoires. His passion for chamber music and the symphonic repertoire has led him to perform in France (Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau) but also in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and China. At the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music he perfected his playing and expanded his repertoire with his teacher Peter Brunt. Within this context he has been exploring new musical horizons, including the baroque repertoire on periodic instruments as well as the modern repertoire and musical improvisation. Jonathan Mutel studies jazz violin at the conservatory and teache violin at the Fontenay-le-Fleury music school.

Born in Boston and raised in Bucharest, Edgar Jaber is currently finalizing a master’s degree in mathematics and engineering at CentraleSupélec/UniversitéParis-Saclay. He is a pupil of the Romanian pianists Toma Popovici and Viorica Rădoi at the National University of Music in Bucharest. His repertoire focuses mainly on classical and romantic german composers as well as early XXth century modernism.

Ian Tomaz is an American pianist currently based in Paris, France. He has studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot since 2021, working with Pascal Roge. He is in residence at the Fondation des Etats Unis in 2022-2023 as a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, performing concerts as an Artist in Residence at the FEU and around Paris while working on the major solo, chamber and art song compositions of Francis Poulenc. Since moving to Paris, he has performed at Salle Cortot, Musee J.J. Henner and the Centre Culturel Czech and was also chosen as a full scholarship participant for the Academie de Musique Francaise, playing for renowned French pianists including Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier, Anne Queffelec, Marie Catherine Girod and Francoise Thinat. He began his studies at the ENMP thanks to the generous support of the Bourse Marandon from the Societe des Professeurs de Français et Francophones D’Amérique in New York.

As a keyboardist and improviser, Samuel Gaskin is interested in exploring music of all kinds. Collaborating with the Aruna Quartet for a premiere recording of William Albright’s Valley of Fire for saxophone quartet and organ, he has also played harpsichord with the San Antonio Symphony and piano in several jazz and folk bands. Winner of the 2016 University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition, Samuel explores the sometimes-contradictory relationship between improvisation and composition.  As a composer, recent premieres include Domenican Nights, for flute and piano, and In memoriam: Chick Corea, written for the Unheard-of Ensemble. He holds a Master’s degree in organ performance from the University of North Texas. As a recipient of a 2022-23 Fulbright grant, Samuel is pursuing an Artist’s Diploma in organ at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles as well as independent lessons with improviser/composer Thierry Escaich.

Lusi Xie is a classical pianist based in Paris. She studies piano with Pierre Etcheverry at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. She also studies chamber music with Nina Patarcec. She is a resident pianist at the Fondation des États-Unis and regularly performs in the monthly Rendez-Vous Musical concert series. She participated in piano master classes given by Francois Buffet and Ramic Ienissei and receives advice from Henri Barda.
She is from Shenzhen and has won many piano awards in China, as well as several scholarships. She is also a good composer and has arranged piano pieces for the University of Jinan in China, which she also performed.

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