Eyran Katsenelenbogen 2006 "Solotude" CD Release


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Boston, MA - Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen releases his eight CD, Solotude. A pun on Ellington's Solitude, the CD's title combines the words Solo and Etud and reflect the idea of Eyran's entire career being a life-long extended musical study in playing solo. Eyran's sound is highly original and remains loyal to the rich tradition of American jazz piano. Solotude features 17 jazz standards with distinctive arrangements that range from romantic-rhapsodic to intellectual-Monk style while encompassing bebop, swing and stride. This solo etud of 74 minutes was recorded in 6 different sessions between 2002 and 2005.

It opens with a short studio version of Harnick's “Do You Love Me?" from Fiddler On The Roof and closes with a live version of the same song recorded two years earlier at a New England Conservatory faculty concert in Jordan Hall, Boston, MA. Solotude continues Eyran's musical journey, which started with tonal improvisation (Jazzonettes, Jazzis, 1989), continued with free improvisation (Formation, Eyran Records, 2001), and led to his highly successful traditional jazz solo piano CD It's Reigning Kats & Dogs & Bogen (Eyran Records, 2003). The CD will be distributed via CD Baby and its digital distribution program, which includes iTunes, Raphsody, BuyMusic, Emusic, Yahoo! Music, the new Napster, AOL's Music Net, MusicMatch and additional physical and digital outlets.

About Eyran Katsenelenbogen
Recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for the years 2002 through 2006, jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen holds a faculty position at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston since 1996. He is named on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Performing and Touring Roster, which is a select list of artists supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). A classically trained pianist with a unique jazz style, Eyran has performed by invitation in concert and on radio and television around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Eyran's past acclaimed tours of Europe and North America included solo recitals and recordings at the landmark Jordan Hall, Boston; Vestibule Hall, London; L'inoui, Luxembourg; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto; Futura Productions, West Roxbury; Altstadtrathaus Concert Hall in Braunschweig, Germany and the Conservatory of Zurich. His recent international CD&DVD Release tour included concerts at the Tel-Aviv Jazz&Blues Festival; 5C Cultural Center in New York; a faculty concert at New England Conservatory in Boston; concerts by invitation of Concerti del Tempietto at the Marcellus Theatre and Casina delle Civette in Rome; and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel. Past radio and TV appearances include WGBH, WERS, WHRB, Israeli Broadcasting Service (IBS) and Radio Tlvision Belge Francophone (Belgium).

As an innovative improvisational jazz artist, Eyran Katsenelenbogen's recordings on record labels Jazzis, Savage, Oasis, and Eyran Records garnered rave reviews, several of which appear in highly regarded jazz publications, such as Jazz Hot, Paris; Cadence, New York; Jazz Journal International, London; and Internet jazz sites AllMusicGuide (AMG), JazzReview, All About Jazz and Altrisuoni (Italy). Eyran's CDs are distributed worldwide and available at popular stores and Internet outlets such as Amazon, Tower Records, Virgin Megastore , CD Baby, Target, Jazz Record Mart (Chicago), Jazzland and The Third Ear (Israel). Digital distribution includes many legitimate pay-per-download sites, such as Apple I-Tunes, Rhapsody, BuyMusic, MSN Music, Emusic, Napster, Yahoo! Music, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch, Sonny Connect and others.

In addition to his piano virtuosity, Eyran has pioneered techniques for teaching contemporary music performance to students with diverse needs. His innovative work at NEC with his student Matthew Savage have been featured on ABC's 20 / 20, Good Morning America and The Discovery Channel, and in printed media such as The Boston Globe, Wired magazine and People magazine. Eyran's CD with Matthew Savage, One is Not Fun, But 20 is Plenty, was endorsed by the American Autism Research Institute. Eyran continuously records and performs with his students. He has produced concerts for vocalist Patrice Monahan, performed with Hildy Grossman's Follen Angles, and produced and recorded a CD titled Just For Fun with pianist / composer Ellie Malick.

Eyran has enjoyed a world-class education in piano performance. First taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist / conductor Daniel Barenboim, Eyran went on to complete his music education at the New England Conservatory, where he studied under renowned artists such as pianists Ran Blake, Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. Eyran also worked with Danilo Perez, George Russell, and Jimmy Heath. Under the direction of the virtuoso composer Gunther Schuller, Eyran delivered a performance that was declared “exemplary" by The Boston Globe. Eyran graduated with BB.M from the NEC in 1997 with Academic Distinction, Excellence in Performance, Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society) and four consecutive National Dean's List awards.

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