Of the many elements that define music, rhythm has arguably played the most crucial role in the development and furthering of piano repertoire over the past 100 years. What does it really mean when people call the piano a percussion instrument? You will find this out and much more in this one hour performance-talk. Blair uses the hour to play and talk about piano music in which rhythm appears with an overwhelming presence. Repertoire will include examples from Béla Bartók’s Sonata, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Marc Mellits’s 2 Etudes, George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Annie Gosfield’s Brooklyn, October 5, 1941 and Fats Waller’s Swingin’ Down the Lane. Music with repetition, polyrhythms, percussive extended techniques, constantly changing time signatures: all of these things and more will be covered in this program, with time left over at the end for a short Q&A. The length of this program is flexible, depending on scheduling needs.