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calendar_today Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12:00 PM
location_on Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek
Dan Tepfer, piano
Shawn Conley, bass
Jochen Rueckert, drums
One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has earned an international reputation as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging individuality and drive. The New York City-based Tepfer has performed around the world with leading lights of jazz and classical music, from Lee Konitz to Renée Fleming; he has also crafted a discography striking for its breadth and depth, from his boundary-crossing Goldberg Variations / Variations (2011) to his ground-breaking Natural Machines (2019), an exploration of the space between algorithms and improvisation. According to the New York Times, he “combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he’s a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.”
Charting yet more new ground, the Dan Tepfer Trio presents his stunning re-interpretation of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, a USA premiere. “The idea with this project is to have a refraction of a refraction,” says Tepfer. “Stravinsky, in Pulcinella, is re-interpreting the music and character of the music of Pergolesi and other 18th-century Italian composers. In Pulcinella Revisited, I’m re-interpreting Stravinsky’s re-interpretation.” The Trio, featuring bassist Shawn Conley, himself a longtime member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and equally adept in jazz and classical, alongside drummer Jochen Rueckert, will also perform new compositions of Tepfer’s created under lockdown.
Street, Surface Lot
1 Hour, 15 Minutes
Program to be announced from the stage.