SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018
ART PATRON MAGAZINE
ROSENBERG. ARTIST SALON
TALK, EXHIBITION & RECEPTION 6PM
CLASSICAL Palm Springs
DAN TEPFER. SOLO PIANO CONCERT
& RECEPTION. 7:30PM
Inventions and Reinventions
Original compositions, and original takes on works by György Ligeti, Mark Turner, George Gershwin and JS Bach.
“Recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Winner, first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association."
One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz; as a leader, he has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to trio albums rich in experimentation. Tepfer’s acclaimed Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” as the Wall Street Journal put it. New York magazine called the album “elegant, thoughtful and thrilling,” while DownBeat declared it “one of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of the year.” Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach.
Tepfer’s latest release is Eleven Cages, released on Sunnyside Records in June 2017. His first jazz trio album in seven years, Popmatters called it “Thrilling, fresh, and always smart”. It ranges from deeply melodic originals and free pieces to interpretations of Gershwin’s “I Loves You, Porgy” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”. Named “one of the very best essays in contemporary piano trio jazz you'll hear all year” by JazzWise UK, it finds Tepfer exploring freedom within boundaries and the malleability of time in a seemingly telepathic trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Nate Wood.
For his newest project, Acoustic Informatics, Tepfer returns to his background in science for an exploration of the intersection between algorithms and improvisation. Using Yamaha's Disklavier, an acoustic concert piano that can be controlled by computer, he has written programs that respond in real time to his improvisations, leading to an exceptional melding of man and machine. Simultaneously, algorithmic projections create a mesmerizing visual universe that reveals the underlying musical structure. National Public Radio (NPR)’s 2017 short documentary on this project, Fascinating Algorithm, has been viewed over 1.4 million times on Facebook.
Tepfer, whose mother was an opera singer and grandfather a jazz pianist, began classical piano studies at age 6 at the Paris Conservatoire-Paul Dukas.
As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. In 2016, he became a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, where he composed Solar Spiral, a three-movement piece for piano quintet commissioned by the Ravinia Festival.
All-around, Tepfer is “one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians,” according to New York magazine He won first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. Dan Tepfer has been named a Cultural Envoy of the U.S. State Department, with travels to Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Czech Republic.
Rosenberg uses a process known as reverse painting – works created with layers of paint applied on the backside of clear acrylic panels. “With this technique there is always an element of surprise,” Rosenberg says.” Each painting seems to be an exercise in letting go. Fairly soon after beginning a piece, I lose awareness of time and place. Each little shape and section becomes a world unto itself. Now I’ve come to realize that the paintings themselves are meditations.”
Living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he began his professional career as a successful children’s book author and illustrator. In 2012, after twenty-five years of exploring the representational side of life, he began his true life work into the exciting and alluring world of abstract painting, reclaiming his heritage and identity by adopting his original family name Rosenberg. In 2016 He moved to Palm Springs , CA where he opened a studio/ showroom.
Rosenberg’s work can be found in private and public collections throughout the world including: Bernalillo County Public Art Program - Albuquerque, NM, Living Montessori Academy - Bellevue, WA and Decoplage condominium lobby - Miami Beach, FL.
"The tradition of reverse painting on glass goes all the way back to the Middle Ages and the Byzantine Empire. Over the last decade, some contemporary artists have begun experimenting with the process, but instead of working on glass, they are painting on clear acrylic panels (painting with acrylic on acrylic panels allows for works of much large scales). The artist Rosenberg brings his own unique style to this old tradition, layering gradating colors upon colors while creating non-objective work that arises from an intuitive approach. The finished compositions often surprise even himself."