HD Fascinating Algorithm: Dan Tepfer's Player Piano Is His Composing Partner | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA

Fascinating Algorithm: Dan Tepfer's Player Piano Is His Composing Partner | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA
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«Now the piano is actually creating the composition with me.»—————————————————————by NATE CHINENJazz musicians, almost by definition, seek an active dialogue between the impulsive and the rational. For some, the terms of that negotiation become a central feature of their art. Dan Tepfer is one of those: a pianist and composer who sees improvisation as the ideal expression of freedom within a framework.You could say that Tepfer, 35, was programmed to operate this way. His mother was an opera singer, and he grew up an artistic environment in Paris. From his father, a biologist, he inherited a love of science and the natural world. Tepfer studied astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the States for a master's degree in jazz piano, eventually finding his way to Brooklyn and an estimable solo career.He tinkered obsessively with algorithms at a Yamaha Disklavier. What's striking about Tepfer's algorithmic experiment isn't just the whiz-bang factor, or the notion that computer coding could lead to such hyper-dynamic results. (The computer-music pioneer George Lewis also works with improvisational algorithms, often using a sampler, rather than a piano keyboard, to generate his input. Pat Metheny, the guitarist and composer, has devoted enormous resources to the translation of digital signal into mechanical music-making.) The project reflects his larger preoccupation with restrictions and freedoms, the analytical and the willfully unruly. As he says in our video: «I'm not writing a piece, I'm writing the way the piece works.»—————————————————————Read more here: FOLLOW US!Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: