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Dan Tepfer

Natural Machines

Sun 10 Feb

Dan Tepfer

Natural Machines

‘A pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody.’ New York Times

‘Ravishing… Dan Tepfer is a pianist of extraordinary technique and fearless harmonic sensibility.’ Jazz Times

‘One of the very best essays in contemporary piano trio jazz you’ll hear all year.’ Jazzwise UK

In an exceptional melding of man and machine, Dan Tepfer uses the Yamaha Disklavier piano to bring together his world-class pianism with his background in physics and programming. As he improvises, the piano responds in real time with notes of its own, the keys of the keyboard depressing themselves as if by magic, guided by algorithms that he has programmed into his computer. Different pieces arise not from different choices of notes, but from different processes which naturally leave their own distinct sonic signature on the music. As the music is being created, another set of custom-made programs turns the data into animated visual art, graphically revealing the underlying structure of the music.

‘I think of the best music as a delicate combination of the spiritual and the algorithmic’, says Tepfer. ‘If you look at Bach’s music, a lifelong inspiration for me, it’s at once heavily rule-based and guided by raw emotional truth’. With this project, the computer takes care of the algorithmic side, leaving the Paris-born, Brooklyn-based pianist-composer all the more free to focus on the human element. Although the only sound we hear is the sound of an acoustic concert-grand piano, ‘it’s like playing a fundamentally new instrument’, says Tepfer, whose previous solo exploration, Goldberg Variations / Variations, has received wide international acclaim.

Date & time:Sun 10 Feb – 8pm
Venue:Hall One
Price:£24.50-£20.50 | Savers Sold Out
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