Pianist/composer Dan Tepfer announces a couple of exciting concert dates in New York City beginning June 2 at The Jazz Gallery . The second event will include Tepfer performing solo, with his working trio as well as a performance of his ongoing duo collaboration with alto saxophone legend Lee Konitz, all as part of “An Evening with Dan Tepfer” at 92Y TriBeCa . This show is part of a new monthly series in the TriBeCa venue curated and hosted by WBGO FM ‘s Josh Jackson of The Checkout .
June 2 – The Jazz Gallery
Dan Tepfer Trio with Thomas Morgan & Ted Poor
290 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
June 22 – “An Evening With Dan Tepfer”
Hosted By Josh Jackson of WBGO-FM’s The Checkout
Dan Tepfer Solo
Dan Tepfer/Lee Konitz Duo
Dan Tepfer Trio with Joe Martin & Ted Poor
200 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
On his 2010 critically-acclaimed trio release, Five Pedals Deep (Sunnyside Records), the 29 year-old, Brooklyn-based pianist plumbs the depths of conventional harmony, engaging pop modalities, minimalism, and jazz tradition with the audacity and irreverence of a deep-sea explorer. Tepfer has forged a richly layered collection of lyrical, immediately accessible compositions that reveal a nuanced scaffolding of atmospheric soundscapes beneath the surface. Five Pedals Deep also features the deft interplay of two eminent musical contemporaries, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor.
Beyond the eclectic influence of such groups as Dirty Projectors and Aphex Twin, Tepfer drew much of his inspiration for the album from Thelonious Monk. “When you listen to Monk’s music, you can put it on for anybody, and they love it,” says Tepfer. “The reason for that is that it’s got really strong melodies, there’s a real coherence to the sound, it grooves, and there’s a strong feeling of fun that comes through in the music. I’m trying to do a contemporary version of that.”
Tepfer has developed a rare improvisational gift and a complex yet deeply melodic approach to music. He has chronicled his talents on the solo disc Twelve Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before The Storm (2005) and Oxygen (2007).
He also has had the extraordinary privilege of a sustained, ongoing duo partnership with the legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. The two documented their rapport on the acclaimed 2009 Sunnyside CD, Duos With Lee. They have appeared together live at the Village Vanguard and many other venues and festivals around the world.
In addition, Tepfer has had the honor of performing with Steve Lacy, Paul Motian, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Ralph Towner, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and The Punch Brothers) and Gabriel Kahane among others. His numerous awards include 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 The Cole Porter Fellowship (1st prize) at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association.
In Fall of 2011, Tepfer will release his most ambitious project to date. He will present a a selection of variations from J.S. Bach’s seminal Goldberg Variations and will add to it his own commentary, in the form of improvisations on each variation. Tepfer demonstrates his approach in these never-before-heard tracks: http://soundcloud.com/fullyaltered/sets/dan-tepfers-goldberg
Dan Tepfer Solo — The Goldberg Variations / Variations, Live in Paris – Part 1
“A player of exceptional poise, Dan Tepfer unfurls his lyricism
in great silvery arcs, with no allowance for awkwardness…
An intently modern pianist who is also drawn to the deeper
currents of melody.” – The New York Times
“Four stars…Mr. Tepfer has the ability to disappear
into the music as he’s making it.” – Downbeat
“One of the most striking of the jazz-piano up-and-comers
in New York.” – Ottawa Citizen
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