Will Y., Listen.com:
Majestically romantic at some points, fiendishly dissonant at others.
Paul Bley, Pianist:
This pianist is obscenely prolific ...like 'Mother Goose' - every egg he lays is a golden egg !
The CD Formation includes various solo piano improvisations recorded in venues such as Studio One, WGBH, Boston and The Music Room, Cambridge, MA. The CD includes two improvisations on Jazz standards: "Brilliant Corners" (Monk) and "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Parish / Perkins), and seven free improvisations by Eyran. Pianists Paul Bley and Ran Blake, radio producer Richard Knisely and Chair of School of Continuing Education and Preparatory School Jazz department at New England Conservatory David Zoffer were involved in this production: The piece "Brilliant Corners" was recorded live for Classical Mornings, produced by Knisely for WGBH. Bley co-produced some of the recording sessions in the Music Room studio and the piece "Mother Goose" is titled after his statement: "Eyran is like Mother Goose - every egg he lays is a golden egg"! Blake and Zoffer titled "Grey January" and "Physics" respectively and helped throughout the three years long process of listening and choosing the pieces for the CD from more then 50 hours of recorded music produced by Eyran for this project.
Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Biography
Recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for the years 2002 through 2005, jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen holds a faculty position at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston since 1996. He is named on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Performing and Touring Roster, which is a select list of artists supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). A classically trained pianist with a "unique jazz style," Eyran has performed by invitation in concert and on radio around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Eyran's past acclaimed tours of Europe and North America included solo recitals and recordings at the landmark Jordan Hall, Boston; Vestibule Hall, London; L'inoui, Luxembourg; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto; and the Conservatory of Zurich. His recent International CD&DVD tour included concerts at the 2005 Tel-Aviv Jazz&Blues Festival; 5C Cultural Center in New York; a faculty concert at New England Conservatory in Boston; concerts by invitation of Concerti del Tempietto at the Marcellus Theatre and Casina delle Civette in Rome; and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and the Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel. Eyran's concert with pianist Mathias Claus at the Altstadtrathaus Concert Hall in Braunschweig, Germany, sponsored by Grotrian-Steinweg Pianos, helped create a new student scholarship for the Braunschweig Music School.
Eyran has been featured on over a dozen commercial recordings. His body of work has appeared on labels including Jazzis, CDI, Savage, Oasis, and through his own record label, Eyran Records. As an innovative and acclaimed improvisational jazz artist his recordings have garnered rave reviews, several of which appear in highly regarded jazz publications, such as Jazz Hot, Cadence, Jazz Journal International, All Music Guide (AMG) and JazzReview.com.
Eyran Records' distribution network presently includes Amazon, Tower Records, Virgin Megastore, CDBaby, Target, Jazzland, The Third Ear, iTunes, Rhapsody, BuyMusic, Emusic, the new Napster, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch and many additional outlets worldwide.
In addition to his piano virtuosity, Eyran has pioneered techniques for teaching contemporary music performance to autistic children and students with diverse needs. His innovative work with his student Matthew Savage have been unequivocally endorsed by The Autism Society of America and featured on ABC's 20/20, NBC's Today Show, The Discovery Channel, and in printed media such as The Boston Globe, Wired Magazine and people Magazine.
Eyran has enjoyed a world-class education in piano performance. First taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim, Eyran went on to complete his music education at the New England Conservatory, where he studies under renowned artists such as pianists Ran Blake, Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. Under the direction of the virtuoso composer Gunther Schuller, Eyran delivered a performance that was declared "exemplary" by The Boston Globe. He has also collaborated with Danilo Perez, George Russell, and Jimmy Heath. Eyran graduated from the NEC in 1997 with Academic Distinction, Excellence in Performance, Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society) and four consecutive National Dean's List awards.