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Adam Berenson

Classically-influenced jazz pianist/composer Adam Berenson has been described by author and Juilliard professor David Dubal as: "what is needed in our over specialized society— a true polyartist— Pianist, Playwright, Composer, Teacher, Humanist, and a man to get to know because in his smooth, respectful style, Mr. Berenson has a lot to show and tell us about art, behavior, and the ability to survive with humor in a harsh and rough time where we have decided art is not of utmost importance." Mr. Berenson's music reflects a wide range of influences, including Keith Jarrett, Eric Satie, Anton Webern, Ornette Coleman, Helmut Lachenmann, Gary Burton and Gyorgy Ligeti

Album

Every Beginning Is A Sequel

Label: Dream Play Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Volume One-Part One: Virtual Duet; Overmorrow; Pars pro toto; Dreaming Philosophy; Aphanasis; Anthropocene; Strange Dramaturgy; Jesus Maria; 1215 CE; Transcendental Empiricism; Time Crystals; Amor Fati; The Poetics of the Prosaic; Argot; On Friendship; The Liberating Embrace of Death (Part One).

Volume One-Part Two: Dreams So Real; A Spider God; The Pull of the Past; Reality Is Always Multiple; Song of Roland; Don’t Ever Leave Me; Mind Control; Patterns In A Tunnel; The Digital Big Other; Our Mutual Acquaintance; The Problem of Evil; The Thing Outside of Itself; An Ancient Lament; Metathesis; Enjoy Guilt.

Volume One-Part Three: Strange Bright Signals; The Liberating Embrace of Death (Part Two); Denude Oneself Before the Ghosts; Interpretosis; Vulgar Soul; The Clementinum; A White Spectrum; A System of Suffering; Lines of Flight; Afternoon of Remembrance.

Volume Two-Part One: Queen Isabella the Catholic; The Constitution of the Id; Nausea of Ambition; Humans of New York; The Logic of Poetics; Noise Pollution; Chamber Tomb; Mevlevia; The Lights Were Shining; Out of Joint; A Precious Sort of Necromancy; The Liberating Embrace of Death (Part Three); Alone With The Pain; Helen of Troy; Xibalba.

Volume Two-Part Two: Psych Ward; A Corner of the Attic; Listen to the Listener; Blues for Gille Deleuze; Lonely Woman; The Mirror Stage; Unfinished Reality; One Consolation; Giant Steps; It Hardly Seems to Matter; The Domination of Identity; Another Way To Be Alive; A Mental Lapse; The Scene Changes; Negative Free Will; Why Didn’t They Ask Edmund?

Volume Two-Part Three: This Doesn’t Communicate Anything; Muons; Alarm Bells; Actants; Secrets at Twilight; Motion Painting In Black; Lack Itself is Lacking; Home Invasion Thriller; Creating Plans; The Mysterious Forest is just off of Johnson Highway; Adagio for Glass Harmonica.

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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2020

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2020 abridged: A staggering loss of lives and livelihoods. We had worldwide social unrest, wildfires, locust swarms of Biblical proportions, killer hornets, killer drones, kids in cages; an impeachment, an election, an attempted insurrection. Oh, and Poland accidentally invaded the Czech Republic. It was not exactly the Gilded Age. Yet, amid doom-scrolling, the creative music community ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Berenson: Every Beginning Is A Sequel

Read "Every Beginning Is A Sequel" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Pianist/keyboardist/composer Adam Berenson--across more than twenty recordings--offers incontrovertible evidence that talent surpasses an affinity for category. He is equally at home with jazz, electronica, blues, or a string quartet. On his previous , fully-acoustic album, Stringent and Sempiternal (Dream Works, 2019) Berenson went in an unusual direction (for him), covering works of Miles Davis, Bud Powell, ...

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Stringent and Sempiternal

Label: Dream Play Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Nefertiti; Wrong Is Right; Lament; The Whopper; Dance of the Infidels; Monk's Mood; Solar; Speak Like a Child; Epistrophy; Where or When.

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Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2019 was the year when one couldn't turn an ear without hearing a release that featured either Kris Davis or Matthew Shipp. Between the two pianist/composer/improvisers, listeners have been treated to more than a dozen recordings, each noteworthy. Then there is Satoko Fujii. On the heels of her 2018, twelve-album birthday celebration, the pianist issued another ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Berenson / Scott Barnum: Stringent and Sempiternal

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Pianist and composer Adam Berenson and bassist Scott Barnum have been working as a duo for more than a decade. Two years ago, on Introverted Cultures (Dream Play Records, 2017), they were joined by guitarist Eric Hofbauer on a double-CD set of improvised pieces. Back as a duo formation on Stringent and Sempiternal, the pair offer ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

Album

Fatidic Dreams

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Dream 1; Dream 2; Dream 3; Dream 4; Dream 5; Dream 6; Dream 7; Dream 8; Dream 9; Dream 10; Dream 11; Dream 12; Dream 13.

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Article: Album Review

Adam Berenson / Scott Barnum / Eric Hofbauer: Introverted Cultures

Read "Introverted Cultures" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On his 21st album, composer/pianist/electronic artist Adam Berenson continues his string of remarkable and unpredictable projects with Introverted Cultures. His early association with Paul Bley and a broad range of influences and interests have resulted in a harvest of creative music that shapes unexpected hybrids. Here we have a drummer-less trio for the first twelve tracks ...


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