BAC Salon: Stephen Prutsman, jazz piano
Pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman, who moves effortlessly across music of many idioms, turns his formidable talents to jazz, performing his 2013 album Passengers for the first time in its entirety.
Of Passengers, Prutsman says, “Taken as a whole, this all-piano evening visits and links cool jazz, pulsating sambas, an impressionistic passacaglia, funk from the 1970s and bit of post-Second Viennese neo-romanticism, all to create one thought-provoking and moving musical journey. Think Ravel meets Bill Evans, Richard Strauss meets Irving Berlin, Bootsy meets J.S. Bach.”
BAC Salon is a series of concerts presented in a salon setting, without a division between stage and auditorium. This series takes music written for intimate spaces, jazz and classical alike, back to its natural setting. BAC also strives to make live music more integrated in everyday lives of busy New Yorkers by presenting these hourlong programs with refreshments, no intermission, and keeping ticket prices affordable.
Leadership support for music programming in 2015 provided by the J.C. Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
Stephen Prutsman was a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in the early 1990s. He has since performed the classical concerto repertoire as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Prague Radio Symphony, and the Orchestre National d’Île de France.
As a composer, Prutsman’s long collaboration with the Grammy Award winning Kronos Quartet has resulted in over 40 arrangements and compositions for them. Prutsman has collaborated with many of the world’s great string quartets and soloists, including Leon Fleisher, Dawn Upshaw, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Spoleto USA, and the Silk Road Project. He often performs with his trio Nobilis both in major cultural centers and in diverse locales throughout the developing world. As a pianist/arranger outside of the classical music world he has collaborated with Tom Waits, Rokia Traore, Joshua Redman, Jon Anderson of YES, Sigur Rós, and Asha Bhosle.
All photos: Loic Nicolas