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Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm$20 – $25
Dan Tepfer's Natural Machines at le poisson rouge8:45pm doors | 9:15pm show | all ages
$25 table seating ($30 day of show) | $20 standing room ($25 day of show)
In an exceptional melding of man and machine, Dan Tepfer uses the Yamaha Disklavier piano to bring together his world-class pianism with his background in physics and programming. As he improvises, the piano responds in real time with notes of its own, the keys of the keyboard depressing themselves as if by magic, guided by algorithms that he has programmed into his computer. Different pieces arise not from different choices of notes, but from different processes which naturally leave their own distinct sonic signature on the music. As the music is being created, another set of custom-made programs turns the data into animated visual art in real time, graphically revealing the underlying structure of the music.
On October 30th at LPR, for the very first time, audience members will each receive Google Cardboard viewers, enabling them to experience the graphical environment of the music in immersive virtual reality.
"I think of the best music as a delicate combination of the spiritual and the algorithmic", says Tepfer. “If you look at Bach’s music, a lifelong inspiration for me, it's at once heavily rule-based and guided by raw emotional truth”. With this project, the computer takes care of the algorithmic side, leaving the Paris-born, Brooklyn-based pianist-composer all the more free to focus on the human element. Although the only sound we hear is the sound of an acoustic concert-grand piano, "it's like playing a fundamentally new instrument", says Tepfer, whose previous solo exploration, Goldberg Variations / Variations, has received wide international acclaim.