Steinway Piano Festival: recital by Jed Distler

27/09/2019 at 14:00 in Sala Cristofori

Previewing his new CD release from TNC Music “Fearless Monk,” American composer/pianist , writer and award-winning radio host Jed Distler refashions classic songs by jazz legend Thelonious Monk, as well as offering several of his original compositions and transcriptions.



Thelonious Monk (arr. Distler):
Ruby, My Dear

Jed Distler:
A Brief History of Money (from The Gold Standard, text by Edward Schmidt)
Two Billie Holiday Song Transcriptions:
- I’m a Fool to Want You
- Strange Fruit

Thelonious Monk (arr. Distler):
Bemsha Swing 
Think of One
Played Twice

Jed Distler:
Selections from 1827 Bagatelles

Thelonious Monk (arr. Distler):
Blue Monk


Jed Distler

Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael Redmond in the Newark Star Ledger, “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker, and “a witty, genial and adventurous pianist and composer” in the New York Times, Jed Distler has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Lois V Vierk, Wendy Mae Chambers, Simeon ten Holt, Richard Rodney Bennett, Alvin Curran, William Schimmel, Virgil Thomson, Andrew Thomas and Virko Baley, among many others. Jed’s principal classical piano teachers were Stanley Lock and William Komaiko, although he considers Dick Hyman, Hank Jones and Bill Evans important mentors in his early years when he played jazz for a living. As a recitalist, Jed has given new music programs across the United States and Europe from Italian festivals in Ravello, Sorrento and Erculano to New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The list of musicians, spoken word performers, visual artists and choreographers with whom Jed has collaborated is a veritable Who’s Who of the New York arts scene in late 20th-century New York. In the 1980s Jed worked closely with dance legend Jacques D’Amboise and, more recently, played Beethoven with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has performed with singers as diverse as Phyllis Bryn-Julson and KT Sullivan. In 2012 Jed launched a solo piano project encompassing jazz icon Thelonious Monk’s complete songs in a single concert, and has performed it in New York, Las Vegas, Berkeley, Italy and Germany. Jed conceived and programmed 100 Portraits for Virgil, the first complete performance of all the Virgil Thomson piano portraits in a day long, multi-media festival featuring thirty six performers, co-produced by the New School and Composers Collaborative, the latter for whom he serves as artistic director. He led the New York premier of Simeon ten Holt’s minimalist manifesto Canto Ostinato with four pianos outdoors on Cornelia Street, where he also directed 150 performers for Terry Riley’s “In C” for the first annual Make Music New York festival in 2007. In 2014 Jed and fellow composer/pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi formed a piano duo devoted to old and new music as well as improvisation.



Organizzazione: Steinway Piano Gallery Passadori and CremonaFiere

Steinway Piano Gallery Passadori