Uri Caine (USA)

An audacious flurry of activity by Uri Caine has lifted the New York-based pianist to the upper echelons of his trade – and this brilliant solo jazz piano album is testament to both his exemplary compositions and virtuoso playing. It’s broadly high-tempo post-bop, but as with most Uri Caine projects, his range of potential reference points seem limitless. Caine learnt his trade playing jazz whilst studying composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb at University of Pennsylvania. Echoes of a classical heritage can be heard in his jazz reworkings of Wagner, Mahler, Schumann, and Bach of course, but are also inherent in the precision and complexity of his approach. These are all Caine tunes, save a lovely, twinkling rendering of Lennon and McCartney’s “Blackbird” and James Von Heusen’s “All the Way”, revealing a singular talent often submerged in his genre pieces. Here Caine ties his understanding of describing the arc of a piece of music to a gutsy, fearsome jazz technique. Fans of contemporary jazz piano can’t fail to be won over by Caine’s sheer ebullience. Here, with any possible accusations of NYC PoMo winking neatly sidestepped by the format, Caine stands up to be counted and is not found wanting.

Uri Caine is an Artist represented by Rosalba Di Raimondo (www.rosalbadiraimondo.com) in collaboration with Live Arts management srl

Biography

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Since moving to New York City Caine has recorded sixteen albums as a leader. His first two CD’s Sphere Music and Toys paid homage to the great jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. His third CD, Urlicht/Primal Light, featured arrangements of the music of Gustav Mahler and won the international “Composer’s Hut” award for Best Mahler CD of 1997. In Wagner in Venezia, Caine arranged the music of Richard Wagner for a small ensemble playing live at the Café Quadri in St. Mark’s Square, Venice. His next CD, Blue Wail, included original compositions for a piano trio and featured Ralph Peterson and James Genus. That same year while touring, Uri recorded Gustav Mahler in Toblach live at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Toblach/Dobbiaco, Italy. In 1999 he released The Sidewalks of New York a tribute to early Tin Pan Alley. In 2000 Caine released a version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle, Love Fugue, and a new version of The Goldberg Variations . In 2001, three new CD’s were released- Solitaire for solo piano, Rio , recorded live in Rio de Janiero with several groups, and Bedrock3 , a trio featuring electric piano with Zach Danziger and Tim Lefebvre with whom Uri Caine recorded another Bedrock venture later in 2005, called Shelf Life. In 2002 he recorded The Diabelli Variations an arrangement of Beethoven’s Opus 120 for piano and orchestra with Concerto Koeln. A new cd of Mahler songs, Dark Flame was released in 2003. which was followed a year later by the new trio Live At The Village Vanguard, (Winter & Winter 2004) featuring Drew Gress and Ben Perowsky. Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The Pennsylvania Ballet performed the Goldberg Variations in 2002, choreographed by Val Caniparoli. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003, where he also premiered his new work The Othello Syndrome. The last concert seasons have seen Uri Caine play the Diabelli Variations with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Moest, the Orchestra Comunale di Bologna under Daniele Gatti, as well as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed the new Brahms Variations on a theme by Handel with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under David Stern and in 2006 Uri Caine was named composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra which will tour Europe in March 2008. The JVC Jazz Festival featured his trio, Bedrock, Mahler, and Goldberg projects at the Village Vanguard. During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He has performed at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival. Monterey Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Vittoria Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera, Holland Festival, Israel Festival, Ravello, IRCAM, Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Ravenna Festival with a world premiere of a special moving tribute to Luciano Berio with Tempo Reale, Ralph Alessi, Jim Black and Julie Patton.

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Solitaire - piano solo Uri Caine Ensemble: Bach's Goldberg Variations Mahler - Primal Light Schumann - Love Fugue Wagner e Venezia The Othello Syndrome Uri Caine meets Nosferatu Moonsongs Rio Uri Caine Trio Live at the Village Vanguard Bedrock Shelf Life Orchestral Programmes: Beethoven - Diabelli Variations - arrangements and improvisations on the 33 Diabelli Variations, op 120 Brahms - Variations on a theme by Handel - for orchestra and piano New programmes available Berio Project:Ofaqìm (Horizons) - Real Time Tribute to Luciano Berio by Uri Caine Ensemble & Tempo Reale - Ravenna Festival Production 'Round About Mozart Uri Caine & Arditti Quartet 12 Caprices for piano & string quartet Sonic Boom Uri Caine & Han Bennink

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