2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival & OMSI Present: Dan Tepfer's Natural Machines
Presale tickets available at 10:00AM October 16th for OMSI and PDX Jazz Members. GA tickets available at 10:00AM on October 26th.
Doors open @ 8:00PM; Music starts @ 8:30PM | $30 advance tickets | $35 day of show | PDX Jazz and OMSI Members receive 15% discount | Parking is free
Beer, wine, snacks and more! Concessions available for purchase at the Empirical Theater Cafe.
Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines
In an age of unprecedented technological advancement, Dan Tepfer is changing the definition of what a musical instrument can be. Featured in an NPR documentary viewed by 1.5 million people, Dan Tepfer shows his pioneering skill in this concert by programming a Yamaha Disklavier to respond in real time to the music he improvises at the piano while another computer program turns the music into stunning animated visual art projected onto a screen behind him, and into VR glasses. The Natural Machines performance lives at a deeply unique intersection of mechanical and organic processes, making it “more than a solo piano album… a multimedia piece of contemporary art so well made in its process and components and expressed by such a thoughtful, talented, evocative pianist… that it becomes a complete experience” (NextBop).
Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations/Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his project Natural Machines integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association
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FOR PATRONS AND VISITORS WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES
OMSI’s building has accessible entrances, and the Kendall Planetarium is located on the ground floor.
OMSI reserves accessible seating space for patrons using wheelchairs and their companion(s). You can purchase wheelchair seating by phone, in person, and online. For more information about accessibility, please contact Kathleen Meyer at 503.797.5411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patron Drop-off Zones
Curbside drop-off zones are located along the front plaza, with easy access to the Kendall Planetarium.
Patrons who wish to use an OMSI wheelchair may request a courtesy wheelchair from the Concierge window located next to the Main Lobby. We encourage you to notify OMSI in advance at 503.797.4511 as courtesy wheelchairs are limited.
OMSI has public restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Gendered public restrooms are located in the Kendall Planetarium hallway. Companion care and non-gender-specific restrooms are located in the Turbine Hallway.
Parking is free in either of OMSI’s designated parking lots. There are 5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces in each lot, for a total of 10 spaces.