Saturday, January 10, 2009

SOLOL, Jazz Piano Extrodanaire

This is a marvelous story about a powerful and continued vibrant pianist who played with Django Reinhardt. He loves the computer and has one of them in every room. This story at NPR is wonderful. Click on the above post title for a link to the whole story or the link below. Here is a paragraph from the story by Frank Browning, to whet your appetite.

"When Apple came up with composing software, it marked a kind of deliverance for Solal. Sitting at the piano, he spins his chair toward one of the computer keyboards. The written score of a new etude he is composing opens up. "It's fantastic to write the music and to hear the music you just composed," he says.

It's not often that an 81-year-old embraces such complex technology. But, then again, not every 81-year-old — or even someone half his age — can maintain the busy international touring schedule that the great jazz pianist does".

Tea for Two.

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