On April 27th one of the great jazz pianists, Borah Bergman, will give a solo piano performance at Location One, 20 Greene St. between Canal and Grand.
Subways to Canal Street. Two blocks west of Broadway, 8:30 PM. $15 at the Door, Location One Harvestworks DTW Members. students seniors $10. Roulette members free. Reservations 212 219 8242. http://www.location1.org
As a teenager Borah Bergman saw the one handed pianist, Paul Wittgenstein perform. His one hand was his left hand. This inspired Bergman to develop his left hand, to make it the complete equal of his right hand in both strength and independence. Now completely ambidextrous he uses the word ambi-ideation." He points out that you never know what ideas you have until there are the resources to get them out. He improvises horn-like lines with both hands, sometimes crossed, in a contrapuntal and polyphonic, multi-dialogue that allows pieces to be turned upside down without loss of rhythmic intensity or aesthetic shape. He has played in festivals in virtually every country in Europe, as well as Japan. He has made a film for Channel 13. In the last ten years Bergman has recorded duos and trios, as leader, with musicians such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, the late Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, Hamid Drake, Peter Brotzmann, and many others. He has been the subject of articles in Keyboard Magazine, Jazz Times, Jazz Podium, Musica Jazz, The Village Voice, Wire Magazine and many other publications.
BORAH BERGMAN Reviews
Borah Bergman is occasionally mistaken for two or more pianists. His left hand can play dazzlingly complex materials as dextrously and powerfuly as many pianists' right. His equally formidable hands are also equally independent, capable of spooling out two thickly spun threads simultaneously." - WIRE MAGAZINE
Bergman has the hands of an eccentric genius." - DOWN BEAT
Phenomenal ... strikingly original." - NEW YORK TIMES
Borah Bergman is to piano what Ornette Coleman or John Coltrane is to saxophone." - DOWN BEAT
Revolutionary ... Bergman is redefining the resources of the piano." - KEYBOARD MAGAZINE
Bergman's music is striking ... hear him once and you will never forget the name or the music ..." - CADENCE MAGAZINE
Bergman is the equal or superior of any free pianist - excluding nobody." - JAZIZ
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