Special Opening Performance:
Timothy Andres, piano
The acclaimed American jazz pianist Brad Mehldau makes a rare appearance in Denver. With his trio he plays original compositions, jazz standards and jazz arrangements of popular music, especially rock music. Brad is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s, with his trio, as a solo pianist, and in collaborations with artists from classical music and jazz.
Brad curated an annual four-concert jazz series at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall during its 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Brad is the first jazz artist to hold The Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.
The young composer and pianist Timothy (“Timo”) Andres sprang on the scene with his 2010 debut album Shy and Mighty. An immediate critical success, Alex Ross wrote in the New Yorker that Shy and Mighty “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene…. More mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.” His compositions meld a classical-music upbringing with diverse interests in the natural world, graphic arts, technology, cooking, and photography.
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