This one-of-a-kind collaboration explores the unlikely common ground between two leading pianists from opposite ends of the jazz spectrum. Aaron Diehl is an aficionado of the early tradition of jazz piano, while Dan Tepfer is inspired by the avant garde. This New York City premiere presentation was first performed for the Catskill Jazz Factory at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and celebrates the spirit of artistic collaboration in an unprecedented blend of J.S. Bach and the Great American Songbook from Cole Porter Fellows Tepfer and Diehl.
Born in Paris to American parents, pianist-composer Dan Tepfer has translated his bi-cultural identity into an exploration of music that ignores stylistic bounds. As the New York Times has written, he “combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he's a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.” He has worked with the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with saxophone luminary Lee Konitz, while releasing seven albums as a leader in solo, duo and trio formats. His solo work Goldberg Variations / Variations, which pairs his performance of Bach’s work with improvised variations of his own, has received broad praise as a “riveting, inspired, fresh musical exploration” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosos, playing with what The New York Times describes as "melodic precision, harmonic erudition and elegant restraint." Diehl's meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations and compositions are a leading force in today's generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry. Diehl's album on Mack Avenue Records, Space, Time, Continuum, emphasizes the artistic collaborations between generations. It includes performances by NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) and Duke Ellington Orchestra alumnus Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone), alongside Diehl's trio. The majority of the album consists of his original compositions, with the title track co-written by Grammy nominated jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Recently, Diehl has served as Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performed in the premiere of Philip Glass' complete Etudes, collaborated with Spanish flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz, and toured with Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Uncharted is a concert series featuring New York-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage that has consistently drawn the attention of tastemakers and curators from across the city over the past three years. The Uncharted season delivers eclectic excellence in a broad selection of musical genres representing New York City’s diverse artistic community, including Mexican folkloric, ragtime, classical, electronic, jazz, ancient Moroccan devotional and contemporary R&B.