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Dan Tepfer

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French-American jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer on Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe

Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe

One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has earned an international reputation as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality, and drive—one “who refuses to set himself limits” (France’s Télérama). The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed around the world with some of the leading lights in jazz and classical music, and released ten albums of his own.Tepfer earned global acclaim for his 2011 release Goldberg Variations / Variations, a disc that sees him performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it—to “elegant, thoughtful and thrilling” effect (New York magazine). Tepfer’s newest album, Natural Machines, stands as one of his most ingeniously forward-minded yet, finding him exploring in real time the intersection between science and art, coding and improvisation, digital algorithms and the rhythms of the heart. The New York Times has called him “a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.”Tepfer’s honors include first prizes at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the 2007 American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition, as well as fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2014), the MacDowell Colony (2016), and the Fondation BNP-Paribas (2018).Meet NellaA daily capsule of next-gen performance probiotic supplement designed to propel you to your highest potential.Code: Pmac25https://nella.fitbiomics.com


5 Aug 2021

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Dan Tepfer: "Prepare to be unprepared"

30 Bach: The Goldberg Variations Podcast

Variations 7, 8, and 9. Bach was a legendary improviser who could blow the socks off most jazz musicians today. This episode features a discussion with Dan Tepfer, a classically-trained jazz pianist and Bach lover who free improvises over the structure of the Goldberg Variations. Photo credit: Josh Goleman. Musical recording credits available at: https://www.thirtybach.com/podcast-episodes/prepare-to-be-unprepared.


26 Feb 2021

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Pianist Dan Tepfer Keeps Upping The Ante With His Innovative Livestreams

The Checkout

Among the countless things made difficult by the pandemic is the act of making music together.


20 Aug 2020

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Musical Dialogue at a Distance? With Live and in Lockdown, Dan Tepfer & Friends Take a Swing

The Checkout

Real-time dialogue is at the heart of improvisation — and it has been all but impossible in an era of social distancing. The limits of our technology, and the stubborn fact of our physical separation, put a damper on the instantaneous connection needed for true musical exchange.


14 May 2020

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231. Dan Tepfer Listening Party

Driven to Drink

Today there be crickets. Not like, the audience was so quiet you could hear crickets. But, I left the office window open and the recording equipment is so sensitive you could hear actual crickets.  And it was dusk.  So like, a cricket rave. Which actually, somehow...works. Because here there also be Dan Tepfer.  I don't have the brain or experience to do what he does.  But I do have the brain and experience to appreciate what he does...with a player piano, a computer, various algorithms, and a visual interpretation of what he does.  Which is create improvisational jazz pieces which, when the algorithm responds, requires that he then respond in kind to what the algorithm creates...thus making exciting and precarious pieces that require precision and structure but allow for such soul and depth of playing and communication that I guarantee you've never heard, nor will you feel, anything quite like this. And, when you watch the video from the tiny desk, or any of his live videos on YouTube, including pieces from his wonderful "Natural Machines" album, it becomes an entire multiple sensory experience.  Have a nice drink, alter your mood/mind in whichever way(s) you find effective, diffuse essential oils or burn incense, put on comfy clothes and make it a FULL ON sensory spa experience. And the crickets somehow add.  There are times when it feels like they are responding to Dan, or he to them...kind of like the Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz situation. Hang, won't yinz? -G


7 Sep 2019

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Dan Tepfer

Tiny Desk Concerts - Video

The pianist and programmer has transformed the acoustic piano into his duet partner.

29 Aug 2019

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FW9: Dan Tepfer - Natural Machines

The Fourth Wall

Imagine a player piano that can play along with a live human, weaving intricate harmonies and rhythms based on what the pianist is playing but modified by algorithms that invert, echo, or otherwise mimic the live performance to provide, in essence, a robot accompanist. It may sound like something out of Westworld, but it’s actually the method jazz pianist Dan Tepfer uses in his improvisational live performances and on his new album, Natural Machines, which has its digital release on May 17, 2019. We spoke with Tepfer about how he came up with the idea of playing alongside a computer and using math with music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 May 2019

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Session 15 - Dan Tepfer - Keep Your Dignity

Yisroel Arye

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his groundbreaking multimedia project Natural Machines integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational process. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.http://www.dantepfer.comNatural Machines: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUzNnspxG1f5Bks6R8ckCzDSEn__psaO8Dan’s Apps: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/dan-tepfer/id906075109

1hr 6mins

9 Apr 2019

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Episode #72: Giving Freedom a Frame (Dan Tepfer)

The Limit Does Not Exist

Did it ever occur to you that J.S. Bach was a technology nerd? We’re talking with Dan Tepfer, a pianist and composer who improvises with algorithms and cowrites with computers. Dan tells us how he discovered that music would be his primary pursuit after studying astrophysics in college and gives great advice for figuring out what you want to do with your life.

1hr 7mins

19 Nov 2017