Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

166

Misha Alperin in Tel Aviv

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Misha Alperin
Israel Conservatory of Music
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nov. 9, 2005

Pianist Mikhail (Misha) Alperin is a musical nomad. Not only between territories—he was born in Ukraine, grew up in Moldavia, and began to gain his reputation while residing in Moscow, where he founded the Moscow Art Trio with horn player Arkady Shilkloper and traditional singer Sergei Starostin. Since 1993 he has lived in Oslo, where he is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music (among his students are pianists Helge Lien and Morten Qvenild of In The Country and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra). He is a nomad between traditions and genres, studying classical music but soon finding himself earning his living at Moldavian weddings and skillfully integrating elements of Russian and Balkan folk melodies, jazz and rock into his music.

His solo piano recital in Tel Aviv was a rare opportunity to encounter the many sides of this original musician. The first new suite that Alperin played was in line with his recent releases for ECM, in which he usually conforms with the icy minimalism of the prestigious label. The suite offered ten variations on a Nordic folk tune, and Alperin colored each variation with different shades and timbres, lingering on every note—sometime for seconds—and using his commanding touch of the piano and his wide harmonic vocabulary. He interpreted this simple tune in surprising ways—as a modern classical piece, as a free jazz improvisation—until he reduced it in the closing variation to a simple slow reading of the song itself.

The second new suite presented another side of Alperin, the funny and quirky one. The suite "My Dance" combined elements of swing jazz, Moldavian and Russian dances and even hints of Nordic folk music, and Alperin conjured these contrasting themes in a dazzling way, spicing the theme with seemingly foreign ingredients, and packing it into a provocative and delicious musical smorgasbord, while dancing and hopping around the piano.

For the first encore Alperin brought out a large metronome, and improvised an amusing piece in which he tried to rebel against the silent tyranny of the mechanical time-keeper. Alperin grunted, growled and mocked the metronome to no avail, until he dutifully complied with its rhythm. The second encore was a short meditative piece that was a heartfelt tribute to one of his lasting influences, Bill Evans. The audience cried for more.

Photo Credit: Genehmigung von Jaro Medien


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Diane Schuur at Birdland Live Reviews Diane Schuur at Birdland
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront Live Reviews Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor Live Reviews Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 15, 2017
Read "The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio At Red Square" Live Reviews The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio At Red Square
by Doug Collette
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "SFJAZZ Collective at the Music Box Supper Club" Live Reviews SFJAZZ Collective at the Music Box Supper Club
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017
by Doug Collette
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "The Cookers at Nighttown" Live Reviews The Cookers at Nighttown
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: February 16, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor