Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Live Music, Power Emitting and Permitting + Music to Weather the Storm
Samdhi is the saxophonist's "electric" quartet; the band features guitarist David Gilmore, electric bassist Rich Brown and drummer Damion Reid. Their self-titled debut CD, released on ACT Music, is quite exciting and wonderfully musical, with melodies that rush forward like waves breaking on the shore during a storm and solos that leap from the speakers.
Samdhi plays 2 sets, 8:30 and 10 p.m. There's a waiting list for both sets (no surprise) so call 203-785-0468 to put your name on it. For more information, go to firehouse12.com.
On November 8, Sunnyside Records will release a splendid recording of the "Goldberg Variations" by pianist Dan Tepfer. The 29-year old Tepfer adds his own twist on the piece by adding improvised "variations" on the original "variations" - make sense? His improvisations use the same chord progression but stretches those chords in many fascinating directions. Of course, when Tepfer plays the piece live, his "variations" will be different each time.
"Goldberg Variations/Variations" is quite lovely yet it may be challenging for some when Dan Tepfer plays his more "modern" takes on the 270-year old chord progressions. But, challenging in a good sense. He certainly plays the original with both dexterity (some of the passages are incredibly fast) but his improvisations help to bring out the emotional and melodic richness of the work. One hears joy, melancholy, pride, a touch of sorrow and, most certainly, the kind of beauty that is created from love of creativity. and follow the instructions.
Self-recorded (the pianist was granted use of the Yamaha Artists Services Salon in Manhattan in the middle of the night), Dan Tepfer approaches JS Bach's composition, a work that many consider timeless, and makes the music sound "new" again. Find this recording - play it when you are happy and your spirits will rise even higher. Play it when your life has turned dark and your spirit will be caressed. To find out more, go to www.dantepfer.com.
If you are quick enough, the website nextbop.com is streaming the recording. Click on the link and follow the instructions.