Most cases of the child prodigy and youth virtuoso these days tend to be false alarms: stale blues licks or metal sweep picking executed with great kinesthetic touch by physically gifted youngsters, but otherwise pretty much entirely lacking in that thing that I like to call music. Still, there was Mozart; there was Mendelssohn. It does happen.
Twelve-year-old Bali-born pianist Joey Alexander is an overnight sensation whose virtuosity has garnered the attention and support of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Alexander’s 2015 proof-of-concept release My Favorite Things, a collection of trio and solo readings of standards, is simply dazzling – impossibly dazzling.
The Joey Alexander Trio appears at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. Admission costs $65 and $35. For tickets and more information, visit www.helsinkihudson.com. Club Helsinki is located at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson.