These concerts feature collaborations with artists encompassing a wide spectrum of musical flavors, performing Gregg's dynamic chamber music compositions and innovative arrangements of rock, pop, and jazz with improvisation alongside classic repertoire. Recent collaborators include cellist Joshua Roman, violinist Miranda Cuckson, accordion/bandoneón player Julien Labro, the Attacca Quartet, percussionist Richie Barshay, tap dancer Andrew Nemr, beat-boxer Mark Martin, and others.
cello and piano
w/cellist Joshua Roman
violin and piano
w/violinist Miranda Cuckson
string quartet and piano
(music by Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon, arr. Kallor - with improvisation)
w/the Attacca Quartet
I arranged Layla for string quartet and piano so the fantastic Attacca Quartet and I could rock out after playing a whole bunch of notated music. I grew up listening to classic rock alongside Bach and Coltrane, and I’ve always loved Layla’s iconic melodies, pounding drive, and that insanely beautiful coda (that I can never get out of my ears) - which is so much fun to improvise on.
A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Every year on Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, I spend some time with his speeches and wonder what further words of conscience he might have offered had he lived longer.
I've never felt more fear or uncertainty about the way we communicate with each other and what that means for our future than I have recently, and I find myself increasingly drawn to Dr. King's message of compassion, and inclusiveness, and social and economic equality for everyone. His words have been a great comfort to me during this unsettling period, and my new composition for piano and string quartet is inspired by Dr. King's singular faith in our capacity to love, and to do better.
The title of the suite, Some Not Too Distant Tomorrow, comes from a passage in Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, which he wrote during a period of solitary confinement in the Alabama prison. The letter is an exquisite statement about the dire urgency of achieving social and economic justice, and about the moral and practical implications of nonviolence as the means of getting there. It's also a searing indictment of those who advocated for the status quo in the face of horrible injustice. And it's a moving plea for understanding, and mutual respect.
I hope the music conveys the profound impact his words have had on me.