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Ken Berman


Pianist and composer Ken Berman has performed and recorded with Bob Moses, Yoron Israel, Kai Eckhardt, Akira Tana, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Rémi Vignolo, Jaleel Shaw, Sarah Manning, Take Toriyama and others: he has appeared on the famed stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, Yoshi's in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Detroit's Fox Theater, and The Sunside in Paris. Ken has been the recipient of several artist grants and awards for his ongoing work in jazz education. His music has been the subject of programs on radio stations KCSM in San Francisco, KPFA in Berkeley, and on KZSU at Stanford University, where his playing drew comparisons with Bill Evans, Ramsey Lewis and Keith Jarrett


Sound Poetry

Label: mmgmusic
Released: 2014
Track listing: Lush Life; Old Dylan; Bill Frisell; Here and Gone; The Poet; Old Style Tune; Diane; Spaghetti Eastern; Sound Poem; Someone To Watch Over Me.


Article: Album Review

Ken Berman: Sound Poetry

Read "Sound Poetry" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist Ken Berman's friendship with the late poet Eythan Klamka served as the inspiration for Sound Poetry, a musical project of mostly original compositions bookended by two solo reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Poet Klamka, to whom this album is dedicated, had previously stated that “any true musician is a sound poet" and to this end, ...


News: Recording

"Looking Forward" - The New Album by Ken Berman Featuring Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana!

"Looking Forward" - The New Album by Ken Berman Featuring Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana!

Looking Forward features eight inspirational original tracks showcasing Ken Berman's distinctive sound as a composer and pianist, leading a dynamic trio including bass virtuouso Kai Eckhardt and the phenomenal Akira Tana on drums. “When listening to Ken Berman's trio," noted jazz critic Scott Yanow writes, “it is easy to think of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, ...


News: Performance / Tour

Ken Berman Trio at Yoshis June 3rd!

Ken Berman Trio at Yoshis June 3rd!

The Ken Berman Trio, featuring Akira Tana and Peter Barshay, will be appearing at Yoshis in San Francisco on June 3rd, 2008, for a night of original music. Le Monde praised Ken Berman as a pianist whose “complex improvisations are imbued with delicate sensuality and brilliance," and the SF Weekly described his music as powerful and ...


News: Performance / Tour

Ken Berman Trio Featuring Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana in Concert April 12th

Ken Berman Trio Featuring Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana in Concert April 12th

Ken Berman will be performing in San Francisco on Saturday, April 12th, 2008, with a trio featuring Kai Eckhardt (b) and Akira Tana (d). This concert is part of the Piedmont Piano 2008 Concert Series, and will debut new compositions by the artist. Venue address: 660 3rd Street, SF, CA. For more information, including advance reservations, ...


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