Jamie Syer, piano

a collection of live and studio performances
The first movement of Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel. “Ondine” is the name of the mythical nymph who lures foolish men to a watery grave. Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music.
And this is Scarbo: the third and last movement of Gaspard de la nuit. Scarbo is a mischievous dwarf, sometimes seen, more often only imagined. Videographer for these two videos: Don Chaput.
William Bolcom, one of America’s most distinguished contemporary composers, didn’t only write fearsomely difficult music worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. Here’s his charming “Graceful Ghost Rag” from my CD piano among friends
About as far from Ravel as you can get. A whimsical duet for two keyboards, one of which is not a piano. Enjoy!
Early in the pandemic, I began recording ‘long-distance’ piano duets with some of my favourite friends. Here’s “En bateau” from Debussy’s Petite Suite, with Joseph Fridman, Edmonton pianist and teacher.
Bruce Vogt and I were colleagues at the University of Victoria.
We hope you enjoy this ‘long-distance’ performance of one of Schubert’s Polonaises, for piano four-hands.
Michael Manning and I were both students of Ward Davenny at the Yale School of Music a few decades ago. Here’s the Palm Court era “Waltz” from Samuel Barber’s piano duet suite Souvenirs.
I’ve played this piece for many years, and never get tired of it’s elegance and expressiveness. Recorded live in the studio.