Grammy® Nominated Pianist Eldar Djangirov Achieves a Career Breakthrough with Tandem Releases: A Solo Classical Debut Plus a New Jazz Trio Opus
(Published: April 23, 2013)
"...a genius beyond most young people I've heard"
-- Dave Brubeck
"A sparkling command of the instrument."
-- Chick Corea
"An uncompromising clarity of rhythm, timing and sound that is pure light."
-- Jan Vogler, Dir., Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival
Few artists could record two albums over the course of one week in different musical genres, with disparate personnel, and at separate studios. Yet New York City-based pianist Eldar Djangirov has done just that, and proven himself musically ambidextrous as evidenced by two remarkable, self-produced recordings for his debut on the maverick, multi-Grammy® nominated Motéma Music earlier this month and in May.
'Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev,' recorded solo at Manhattan Center Studios and available May 14, marks the pianist's second solo release, and his debut album in the classical genre. It expands, with fervor and finesse, upon the much-lauded classical pieces interspersed on Eldar's 2011 solo piano debut Three Stories. It captures Bach's 1720s playfulness on "Partita #2 in C minor, BWV 826" and Brahms' 1870s harmony on "Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76." Eldar, a native of the former Soviet Union, further showcases his roots through Prokofiev's "Sonata #7 in Bb major, Op. 83" from the 1940s. The pieces are united by their "powerful logic," says Eldar, who after making a career in jazz recently delved into the classical canon - it "enriches my musical vernacular and helps with composition," he explains. According to Jan Vogler, the celebrated classical cellist who also serves as music director for two of Europe's most prestigious Classical festivals, "There is a deep relationship between [Eldar] and the piano, intimate and virtuosic at the same time. And there is the determination and vision to play the music he hears in his inner ear."
Eldar's 'Breakthrough,' recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City, was released on April 9. Like the 26-year-old's 2009 disc Virtue, it features his long-standing touring trio with bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso. Captured live in the studio, Breakthrough exudes compositional brilliance, improvisation and interplay. The trio pushes the envelope on Eldar's "Point of View Redux," Irving Berlin's ballad "What'll I Do" and the whimsical Redd Evans/ David Mann composition "No Moon at All." There's even a telekinetic cover of British pop band Radiohead's "Morning Bell."
These two new recordings illustrate a combination of musical logic and abandon that is singularly Eldar -- and mark a major breakthrough by this popular piano star.
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