Dan Tepfer | Ravinia Festival | Classical | Chicago Reader

Dan Tepfer All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Aug. 30, 4 & 7 p.m. 2014

On last year’s Small Constructions (Sunnyside), a baroque and airy duo album with Kneebody reedist Ben Wendel, pianist Dan Tepfer offers the most convincing demonstration yet of his versatility. The program mixes original material with themes by Monk, Tristano, and Handel, and the high-level interaction and easy balance of the performances make jazz, classical, and pop feel less like mutually exclusive categories than complementary choices. In most settings, though, Tepfer plays in one particular bag; on the recent First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1 (Whirlwind), for instance, he provides crisp postbop accompaniment for Lee Konitz. Tonight Tepfer works in another of those bags, revisiting his ingenious take on Bach’s Goldberg Variations: he follows each of the 30 short pieces with an improvised elaboration that works within the chords and rhythmic feel of the original. It’s a great new way to hear the Goldbergs. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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