CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight At Cornelia Street
Wed Aug 11
8:30PM FOUR HANDED FANTASIES WITH JED DISTLER
(Jed Distler, piano; Simon Mulligan, piano)
Three of today’s most forceful yet utterly distinct piano personalities preside over the Cornelia Street Café’s Yamaha grand (loaned by Jed, by the way) over two evenings.
Jed Distler and Simon Mulligan dust off the old piano bench in search of long-forgotten arrangements of popular classics and justly obscure opera potpourris, take audience requests, improvise a little, and serve up Satie’s four-handed Parade.
Described by The Times of London as ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists’, Simon Mulligan has more than 20 CDs to his credit, including Martinu’s Triple Concerto (conducted by Yehudi Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Ned Rorem’s Second Piano Concerto, and solo works by legendary pianist Alexis Weissenberg. He has premiered works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, Mark Anthony Turnage and Paul Moravec. In 2007, Simon was one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements.
Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael R
edmond in the Newark Star-Ledger, Jed Distler has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Virgil Thomson, Simeon ten Holt, Andrew Thomas, Lois V Vierk, Wendy Mae Chambers, Richard Rodney Bennett, Virko Baley and other luminaries. Jed has given solo concerts in Italy, Switzerland, England, and all across the US, and his work can be found on the Bridge, Decca, Nonesuch,Point, CRI and New World labels. A new solo CD Meditate with the Masters features his own soothing, relaxing piano renditions of classical music’s greatest hits. As ComposersCollaborative’s artistic director, Jed founded the Cornelia Street Café’s long-running Serial Underground series, and is hosting Hammered, a New York Public Radio show devoted to all genres of keyboard music. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and Classicstoday.com.an be found on the is also a passionate composer and arranger, writing for film, television and his own jazz quartet. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and www.Classicstoday.com