Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, will perform a jazz piano concert at the Jesup Memorial Library on April 8. He will be joined by Basile Tarchini on double bass. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JACKSON LABORATORY

Liu, Tarchini to conclude concert series



BAR HARBOR — Pianist Edison Liu and double bassist Basile Tarchini will play a mix of jazz standards, contemporary pieces and their original compositions for the final Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011) and was the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) from 2007-2013. Between 1997 and 2001, he was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he was in charge of the intramural clinical translational science programs.

Tarchini, an assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory, is an expert on the developmental biology of the inner ear, uncovering how nature constructs the organ of hearing. He started playing classical clarinet in Switzerland where he grew up, but took up double bass during his doctoral studies in biology. Without formal training, he learned by listening to albums and practicing with fellow musicians in the jazz scene in Geneva.

This concert is free and open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted. The doors to the concert open at 1:30 p.m. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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