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Dan Tepfer, Jazz Pianist, in Solo Début at Bösendorfer New York

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Artist Salon

Dan Tepfer

Improvisations Around
Old and New Jazz and Pop Standards
And Original Compositions

Bösendorfer New York
200 Lexington Avenue
Suite 902
New York, NY 10016

Gerhard Feldmann, President, and Lisa L. Feldmann, EVP

Dan Tepfer on Bösendorfer Piano

Bösendorfer Loudspeakers, powered by Art Audio and Gill Audio Design Amplifiers, fed by Einstein's "The Last Record Player" and – connected via Dynamic Design cabling

Welcome Comments by Lisa L. Feldmann

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 30, 2006

(See a Feature on the Bösendorfer Loudspeakers).

Dan Tepfer, winner of the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Bösendorfer Solo Piano Competition, was born in Paris to American parents. He studied classical piano at age six, improvising at the keyboard. Tepfer began his jazz career at sixteen and now tours internationally with his trio. He recorded Before the Storm, a début cd, which has received wide acclaim. Tepfer has collaborated with Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, and Christian McBride.

Playing his original arrangements, inspired by composers in many genres, such as Miles Davis (Fallen Grace), blues composers, classical, ballads (My Funny Valentine), Bill Evans (Song of the Every Day), Mal Waldron (Soul Eyes), swing (I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo), Tepfer was poised and possessed by the moment. He closed his eyes, occasionally hummed, and transpired himself and his audience to the emotional setting of each improvised song. Tepfer has not only mastered the essence of many composers and styles, but he has also mastered the essence of the Bösendorfer, which sang along with clarity and character.

Fallen Grace was abstract, with repetitive chords accompanying playful chords and a hint of Poulenc, while Oxygen was dynamic, atonal, and replete with trills. Blugue, a combined blues-fugue, was followed by a spinning and weaving melody, inspired by Thelonius Monk, mainly a romantic theme. Vagalame, blues in soft tones, meandering and serendipitous, preceded Giant Steps (Coltrane inspired), a dissonant staccato piece with rapid fingering, building in volume and switching tempo. Song of the Every Day was ethereal, while Soul Eyes was performed by the right hand (theme) and left hand (dissonant waterfall), first fluid and feathery, then driven and dynamic, before droplets of music faded into space.

I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (Warren and Gordon) brought out a new dimension to the program, with hot jazz swing, as the Bösendorfer was showcased in its highest registers. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers and Hart) had pathos and percussion with dissonant contrasts. Dan Tepfer has a bright future as solo pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. A wine-cheese reception followed the recital.

Dan Tepfer at the Bösendorfer
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Dan Tepfer at the Bösendorfer
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Bösendorfer Guests
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Heidi S. Krenn and Guest
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Larry Borden and Madeleine
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Lisa Feldmann, Madeleine, and Larry Borden
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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