New York-based Pianist Dan Tepfer to Appear at Gracie Theatre

Date of Release: October 5, 2012

Dan Tepfer, a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage is appearing in concert at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University on Friday, Oct.19 at 7:30 pm.

Hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, Dan has also received international acclaim. He has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, exploring a wide variety of idioms but always in the service of a personal aesthetic, a unified artistic identity. By age 29, Dan 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), Oxygen (2007) and Five Pedals Deep, his critically acclaimed 2010 Sunnyside release with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor. The album “lays out something like a personal manifesto“, says the New York times. “Tepfer unfurls his lyricism in great silvery arcs, with no allowance for awkwardness”.

A large portion of the concert will feature sections from Tepfer’s 2011 recording entitled Goldberg Variations/Variations. The work consists of Bach’s original Goldberg variations as written with improvised variations in between each, thus generating a dialogue with the old master. A contemporary commentary on a revered masterpiece, the project affirms the timelessness and continuity of musical expression. It is a unique take on two musical genres in one concert.

Tickets for the concert are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for students with any ID. Tickets are available online at gracietheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 941-7888. For more information on the artist and his music, go to www.dantepfer.com.

For more information on this release, please contact Husson University Executive Director of University Communications Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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