The Arts Education for Children Group and Katie McMillan are thrilled to present pianist Dan Tepfer for his first ever performace on Maui. Tepfer will perform his critacally acclaimed Goldberg Variations/Variations on Friday, December 6th @ 7:30pm at Seabury Hall's `A`ali`ikūhonua Creative Arts Center. A percentage of proceeds will go to support The Arts Education for Children Group.
About Tepfer's Goldberg Variations/Variations:
Critics may soon run out of superlatives to describe NYC pianist and composer Dan Tepfer. "Brilliant" from Boston Globe, "remarkable," from The Washington Post and "a player of exceptional poise" from The New York Times. You'll agree after hearing him perform from his newest solo album, Goldberg Variations/Variations, featuring his own improvisations seamlessly blended with Bach's original composition.
Dan Tepfer comes to Seabury Hall to mark the Hawaii release of his solo album Goldberg Variations / Variations (Sunnyside Records). The jazz pianist is approaching J.S. Bach's masterpiece – one of the classical canon's most totemic works – as an inspiring font for creativity. Interspersed with his faithful and affectionate interpretation of the "Goldbergs" are his own improvised variations on Bach's variations. Tepfer's variations are marked by a ruminative joy, spiced with contemporary dissonances and a deep feel for the source as timeless music beyond category.
Goldberg Variations / Variations is the 30-year-old, New York-based Tepfer's sixth album as leader or co-leader, following three heading a trio, one of solo piano improvisations, and another featuring duets with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. Known for his rare improvisational gift and a complex yet melodic approach to music-making, the prize-winning pianist has been hailed as "a player of exceptional poise" by The New York Times, while Downbeat extolled his "ability to disappear into the music as he's making it."
On his new CD, Goldberg Variations/Variations, Mr. Tepfer not only enters what to many pianists is hallowed ground — he leaves his self-assured footprints all over. His jazz roots show through in the crisp articulation and rhythmic clarity of his counterpoint, in his glass-sharp attack and, above all, in his supple approach to time... He builds a bridge across centuries and genres to spark a dialogue with Johann Sebastian Bach. —Wall Street Journal
The album presents Bach's Goldberg Variations in sequence, played with classical fidelity; but after each variation comes an improvised response. At times Mr. Tepfer recasts the harmony, tending to mood and hue; elsewhere he goes in for faintly comic departures, making a sport of transposition. It's an impressive feat, an act of scholarly mischief that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect. —New York Times
CRITIC'S PICK: On his latest album, the 29-year-old pianist not only had the audacity to play Bach's Goldberg Variations — he improvised on them. The results are elegant, thoughtful, and thrilling. —New York Magazine
In a ballsy move that resounds with an unabashed yen for balance, the insightful pianist concocts a freeprov ditty for each of Bach's most famous miniatures on the new Goldberg Variations/Variations. On the classical side, the 60 tracks are a blend of grace and power. On the jazz side, they're built with daring and elan. It's easy to respect both. —Village Voice
One of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of 2011. —Downbeat
Fantastic... An ingenious, thoroughly modern adaptation... I've spent weeks going back to this album, and it's provided renewable pleasures and fresh discoveries each time. —Chicago Reader
A fascinating and engrossing listen... [Tepfer] meets exhilaration with exhilaration... A huge and unique success. —Ottawa Citizen
There aren't many pianists who could pull this off quite so well. An extraordinary project. —Scotland Herald
About Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His 2011 Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). Among his awards are the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. Tepfer was voted a Best New Artist in JazzTimes in 2010 and is a continuous favorite on the DownBeat Rising Stars list. His March 2013 release, Small Constructions, a co-lead album of duets with multi-reed player Ben Wendel on Sunnyside Records, has received rave reviews and extended features in the New York and Los Angeles Times.
About this Event
Doors open at 6:45pm, show begins at 7:30pm prompt
All tickets are general admission. Seating is first come, first served.
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Tickets are $30 at the door.
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