Stanford, CA, February 29, 2008--Stanford Lively Arts presents jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine, one of the great musical innovators of our time, in a program of solo piano reinterpretations of Gustav Mahler's deeply emotional songs and monumental symphonic works in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Wednesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. Playing repertoire based on his 1997 award-winning Mahler remixed" recording Urlicht/Primal Light," Caine recontextualizes musical genres and introduces improvisation where it is not ordinarily found.
Uri Caine has been called ferociously versatile" and a genuine polyglot" the New York Times. His Urilcht album is considered a groundbreaking artistic statement, winning a prestigious award from the International Mahler Society just after its release. In his Lively Arts debut, the pianist recasts of some of the composer's better-known works with klezmer rhythms--including selected movements from Symphonies No. 1, 2, and 5, as well as excerpts from Songs on the Death of Children" (Kindertotenlieder) and The Song of the Earth" (Das Lied von der Erde).
The day after his Lively Arts concert, on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m., Caine also presents a free Informance in association with the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. This hour-long, informal performance and discussion is general admission, and open seating is available on first-come, first-served basis.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Philadelphia native Uri Caine studied piano with Bernard Peiffer and music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Since moving to New York City, he has recorded eighteen albums, the most recent of which is The Classical Variations. He has made CDs featuring his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio, and the ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach, and Schumann. In 2006, he was named composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006. Caine has performed at many prominent jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Vittoria Jazz Festival, and Newport Jazz Festival, as well as at classical venues including the Salzburg Festival, the Holland Festival, the Israel Festival, IRCAM, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.
Tickets for Uri Caine, presented by Stanford Lively Arts on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at Dinkelpspiel Auditorium, are $34/$30 for adults and $17/$15 for Stanford students. Half-price tickets are available for young people age 15 and under and discounts are available for groups and non-Stanford students. For tickets and more information, call 650-725-ARTS (2787), or visit Lively Arts online.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium is located on the Stanford University campus at 471 Lagunita Drive, adjacent to Tresidder Union. Parking on campus is free of charge after 4:00 p.m. and on weekends at all times and may be found in the lot off Lagunita Drive near Tresidder Memorial Union and on Abbott Way.
ABOUT STANFORD LIVELY ARTS
Stanford Lively Arts is the premier arts presenter and producer in Silicon Valley. Now in its 38th year at Stanford University, Lively Arts reaches a diverse audience through performances of music, theater, dance, spoken word, and multimedia works and is a destination for artists developing new work. Lively Arts offers audiences a window into the creative process as well as a forum for exploration and discussion. As a key stakeholder in the arts at Stanford, Lively Arts plays a leading, collaborative role as Stanford moves to integrate the arts throughout academic disciplines and the community.