Summit meeting on the piano
Leszek Możdżer Piano
Iiro Rantala Piano
Michael Wollny Piano
Curated by Siggi Loch
Tue, 31 May 2016 8 p.m.
Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm
The three pianists Leszek Możdżer, Michael Wollny and Iiro Rantala are a dazzling trio. That was obvious to everyone who attended the first concert in the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series in December 2012. After the event, the Tagesspiegel wrote that they’d got off to a “brilliant start”. Now they will meet again on the concert stage of the Philharmonie to make music – solo, as a duo, or as a trio. A felicitous combination, as each of the three artists brings along his own stylistic specialities.
The Pole Leszek Możdżer is considered the romantic among the European jazz pianists, and is known for his formidable pianistic touch. “The philosophy behind my playing is not to press the keys of the grand piano, but rather to toss the hammers into the air,” is his credo. The German Michael Wollny, by contrast, is acclaimed by the press as a “consummate piano maestro”, who succeeds effortlessly in re-inventing himself again and again – in the end, Wollny says, the real music can mostly be found where convention would not expect it.
With Finnish Iiro Rantala, another virtuoso pianist is guest in Berlin, a musician celebrated on the scene as a “natural phenomenon on the keys”. He likes to reference the Baroque genius Johann Sebastian Bach in his playing: in his view, Bach was the first jazz musician in music history.