In-Demand Pianists Dan Tepfer and Aaron Diehl Go Into Uncharted Territory at Greenwich House
Greenwich House Music Schoolhttp://www.greenwichhouse.org/
46 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014
Duo piano shows hold a lot of thrill for what 88 notes times 2 can creatively achieve. In recent years piano duos bring to mind two brilliant Carnegie Hall shows: Cuban-born Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcala; and then a Herbie Hancock-Chick Corea conversational adventure between two of jazz’s innovative pianists. So there’s a special allure to what’s happening at Greenwich House when two of the younger, in-demand pianists on the scene, Dan Tepfer and Aaron Diehl, get together to collaborate.
What makes it especially promising is the fact that the pianists come from two different planets of expression. Tepfer is a boundary-breaking artist who’s influenced by the avant-garde, while Diehl is steeped in the tradition of early jazz piano. Both Cole Porter Fellows, the pair first explored their meld from Bach to the Great American Songbook at Catskill Jazz Factory at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. The chemistry worked, so they’re now presenting their uncharted duo alchemy for the first time in New York City. —Dan Ouellette