Dan Tepfer – Goldberg Variations / Variations
LONDON Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
The hugely talented young pianist Dan Tepfer makes his solo London debut in the lustrous acoustic of the Wigmore Hall, performing his much admired interpretation of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece, with the original music complemented by Tepfer’s own improvised response – ‘to build a bridge across centuries and genres’ (Wall Street Journal).
Tepfer’s duet with the veteran saxophonist Lee Konitz was a highlight of the 2013 Jazz Festival, his lightning-fast reactions to the jazz master’s unpredictably fascinating twists and turns proving a revelation. Already the recipient of multiple awards, his mix of the gorgeous and the vivacious, lyricism balanced with swing is the signature of an emerging jazz star.
‘On the classical side, a blend of grace and power; on the jazz side, built with daring and elan’ (Village Voice on Goldberg Variations / Variations)
Londoners will occasionally see Paris-born, New York-based pianist Tepfer accompanying the likes of Lee Konitz but – despite studying astrophysics in Edinburgh and lecturing at the Royal Academy of Music – he rarely performs solo on these shores. So this is a rare chance to catch his unique interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He performs all 30 variations, following each with a ruminative improvisation that is bound to earn comparisons with Keith Jarrett. 20 November, Wigmore Hall. JL
May dates for TIGRAN
TIGRAN and his trio, comprised of Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums, played several show in May. On the 1st they were at the North Wall in Oxford, a lovely and intimate venue; on the 2nd they nipped over to Dublin to play the Button Factory, and then they crossed back on the 3rd to play the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. After a few days off they landed in Camden to play the Jazz Cafe on the 13th.
TIGRAN continues to be very busy, either on the road or composing yet more material. The hottest new piano star only keeps getting hotter!
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 2013
“Not since the days of the anthemic finales and light-show theatricals of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio has a stage in the London jazz festival vibrated with so much pop-jazz energy as was unleashed on Tuesday by the 26-year-old Armenian TIGRAN,” remarked the Guardian in the explosive show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by TIGRAN. All cylinders were firing once TIGRAN and his quintet hit the stage. He was clearly enjoying himself and the audience ate it up.
From The GUARDIAN November 1, 2013
TIGRAN: SHADOW THEATER On Universal/Verve Records
TIGRAN can count Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau as fans. But even if the 26-year-old Armenian pianist and singer/songwriter stuns piano stars (more…)
WHAT’S ARMENIAN FOR JAZZ? By John Lewis
(From The Guardian, October 25, 2013)
Somewhere, there’s home-movie footage of a three-year-old TIGRAN Hamasyan at his childhood home in rural Armenia. He is listening to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and freaking out on a toy guitar. “That was my childhood ambition,” he laughs. “Still, to this day, if I could become a killer guitar player in a couple of years, I’d quit playing the piano and start learning now. I’d love to front a thrash metal band!” (more…)