CLIFF KORMAN’S FALL CALENDAR BETWEEN IMPROVISED AND CLASSICAL
(Published: November 14, 2007)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22, 2007 – Pianist and composer Cliff Korman, will perform as part of the Latin American Cultural Week at the Cornelia Street Café on November 16 at 9:00 and 10:30 pm, and as part of the Fazioli Salon piano series on December 7 at 8:00 pm at Klavierhaus.
Korman’s recent CD Migrations (Planet Arts, 2005), featured a suite inspired by a variety of classical and popular fonts whose elements were connected by improvised reflections on piano solo. These two sides of his musical quest, in fuller and more defined versions, will be the features of his fall appearances: a dynamic Brazilian jazz sextet presenting original arrangements and new material and an innovative investigation on piano solo in which Korman draws on the panamerican Pan-American classical repertoire to explore the modes of creativity in relation to oral and written sources.
For over twenty years Korman has divided his time between New York and Brasil, establishing numerous channels of exchange on a personal and institutional level.
An original practitioner both in the jazz and Brazilian popular and classical repertoires, he is also an expert in the history of Brazilian music and has succeeded in maintaining the authenticity of the “luso” component next to prevailing the anglo-hispanic traditions.
His research, however, transcends ethnic identifiers to focus on the broader human search of the way in which through music we experience, express, and remember.
For additional information on Cliff Korman visit www.cliffkorman.com, myspace.com/thecliffkorma..., or contact him at email@example.com
NOVEMBER 16 AT 9 AND 10:30 PM
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL WEEK AT THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE
29 Cornelia Street, NYC
Admission: $10 - Reservations: (212) 989-9319
With Billy Drewes, Jay Rodriguez, Chris Washburne, Leonardo Cioglia, Adriano Santos.
In Rio de Janeiro the term “gafieira” conjures a world of sophisticated ballroom music and dance, harking back to the 1930’s and 40’s and the era of the big band sound in Brazil.
In recent years the tradition has made a remarkable resurgence and become once again a centerpiece of carioca nightlife. Dividing his time between New York downtown Rio, where the historic halls still retain their charm and some of the classic acts, while attracting a brand new generation of players and dancers, Korman has captured the end of an era and the beginning of the new one. Through his collaboration with Paulo Moura and other “Carioca” musicians he delved into a rich repertoire spanning between two centuries. In the years since Korman has established a musical and cultural conversation in which the equilibrium between the delicate world of Brazilian dance rhythms and the swinging and dynamic sound of a New York City big bands come together and ever changing and unexpected forms.
DECEMBER 7 AT 8:00 PM
FAZIOLI SALON AT KLAVIERHOUSE
211 W. 58th Street - New York, New York
Admission: $30.00 - Reservations: 212-245-4535
PAN AMERICAN PIANO SOLO
Through his exploration of Latin American piano Cliff Korman has not only embraced the cross-fertilization among traditional genres and repertoires, but has come to discover the piano as a new instrument. In mastering rhythm and unfolding a maze of melodic suggestions, Korman works with sound like a diamond carver, constantly marveling at the intimate dependence of clarity and hybridity. His improvisational dialogue with the masters of the pan-American piano tradition becomes every day more punctual drawing connections between many of the early 20th century giants like Radamés Gnattali, Duke Ellington, and Heitor Villa-Lobos and Korman’s contemporaries on both sides of the continent.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cliff Korman’s journey through the Americas began over twenty years ago when he encountered the legendary Brazilian clarinetist Paulo Moura. From their friendship and musical partnership a series of concerts and recordings was born: Mood Ingênuo: The Dream of Pixinguinha and Duke Ellington, Rhapsody in Bossa, on the music of Gershwin and Jobim, Gafiera Jazz, a sparkling and refreshing commentary on the history of Brazilian ballroom and its links to the North American Swing Era, and the Gnattali/Monk Project, exploring two of the most influential American pianists of the century. In the years since Korman established half of his spiritual and physical home in Brasil, becoming one of the most respected North American musicians in the country.
Cliff Korman’s early musical experience had spanned from accompanying Yiddish theater icon Molly Picon, to the worlds of R&B and jazz, which he decided to make his own, after working with Millie Jackson, Bob Moses, Jon Lucien, and Milt Hinton. As a scholar he received a Fulbright lecture/research grant during which he published the book Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section (Sher Music) with guitarist Nelson Faria. Colleges that hosts his courses include: City University of New York, The New School University, Manhattan School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Federal University of Minas Gerais, and Escola de Musica of Brasilia.
More Information: http://www.myspace.com/thecliffkormanensemble
Submitted By: Cliff Korman