One of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, Brad Mehldau is a virtuoso performer with an ear for deeply nuanced, harmonically sophisticated acoustic jazz.
While Mehldau is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, he is also receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird,” for example). Though Mehldau’s training is primarily classical, his interest in jazz began early and he has subsequently utilized both forms throughout his career. This is as evident on his first Art of the Trio volume (of five) as it is on 2006’s House on Hill and 2010’s Day Is Done, on which both originals and covers of popular music standards — from Radiohead to Nick Drake to Paul Simon — reflect that his playing and compositional style owes as much to the 20th century classical impressionism of Claude Debussy as it does Bill Evans.
While he delivers classically oriented recordings on his own and with singers Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter, he has also issued cross-pollinated explorations of J.S. Bach’s classical pieces on After Bach, while concurrently expanding the depth and breadth of the jazz piano tradition on Ode and Seymour Reads the Constitution.
“Brad Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last two decades” – NY Times
Mehldau recently released with Finding Gabriel, a recording outside the confines of post-bop jazz that aligned more closely with his other slipstream albums such as Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, Largo, and the Highway Rider. The set included nine thematically related originals by Mehldau, who played piano, synthesizers, percussion, and Fender Rhodes, as well as delivering wordless vocals. The album sessions also offered contributions from guests such as Akinmusire, Giuliana, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Gabriel Kahane, Becca Stevens, and others. Its inspiration was taken from a biblical prophecy as related through the ages by the angel Gabriel.
This concert is presented by De Doelen, LantarenVenster & MOMO Concerts