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DAVID LANZ: Solo Holiday Show
December 20, 2012
Grammy-nominated composer and pianist
Thursday, Dec 20
- 8pm $25
With the release of Cristofori's Dream Re-Envisioned, David Lanz has, in a sense, come full circle. Returning to the music that launched him as an international phenomenon a quarter-century ago-when he recorded the original Cristofori's Dream-provides the world-class pianist and composer with the perfect opportunity to take stock of his art and both assess where he's been
and where he hopes to go.
Cristofori's Dream was a million-selling musical thank you note to Bartolomeo Cristofori, the man who invented the piano in the 17th century. It resonated with a wide array of listeners and topped Billboard's Adult Alternative/New Age chart for months. The title track remains hugely popular today-countless piano students have purchased the sheet music to learn how to play the piece-and Lanz's interpretation of Procol Harum's classic 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' on the original album is considered one of the most popular of the countless covers of the song. But Cristofori's Dream was not the beginning of Lanz's career, and although the new Re-Envisioned brings new light to an established work, Lanz still has many ideas he plans to pursue in the future.
David Lanz never dreamed that his music would follow the course that it has. It was rock music that actually provided a launching pad for the Grammy-nominated virtuoso from Seattle and ultimately led him to the music that would define him. Journalists have agonized over what to call Lanz's style-words like refined, pioneering, regal, comforting and pensive have all been used to describe his work-but Lanz has a favorite tongue in cheek catchphrase that suits his sound perfectly: 'heavy mellow.'
What set Lanz apart from other artists recording in a similar vein at the time was his penchant for not eschewing melody and rhythm. Where some in the so-called New Age scene (a term that Lanz accepts but doesn't love: 'It's a lifestyle,' he says, 'not a musical genre.') sought only to soothe, often by presenting a theme and then repeating it ad infinitum, Lanz's work is dynamic, alive. 'If you listen to my stuff, even if there are no drums, my left hand is my rhythm section,' he explains.
Lanz's big commercial breakthrough arrived in 1988 with Cristofori's Dream. It was an enormous success, topping Billboard magazine's first Adult Alternative/New Age chart and remaining at the number one position for a remarkable 27 weeks. Never one to stay in one place, Lanz followed that massive release two years later with Skyline Firedance, for which he recruited an 80-piece orchestra, and cut several more albums for Narada-among them 1998's Songs From an English Garden, his first to tap into the British Invasion repertoire of the '60s. He then moved to Decca Records for three more releases, including 2000's East Of the Moon, which earned Lanz a Grammy nomination. More recently, with Liverpool: Re-Imagining the Beatles and Here Comes the Sun, Lanz both revisits a favorite place in his life-and the lives of millions-by offering his take on the music of the world's greatest-ever rock band and ventures forth into uncharted territory.
That's how Lanz likes it, always heading into the unknown in order to expand his artistry and share what he's found with the world. David Lanz is a welcomed retreat back into music with heart, soul, guts, splendor, surprise, musicality, humanity, meaning, depth and all of the other things that really matter. Lanz will perform selections from Cristofori’s Dream, his new holiday album, Joy Noel, as well as other works in this exclusive Bay Area engagement.