Baryshnikov Arts Center presents jazz pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman in the second of three concerts celebrating BAC’s 10th anniversary. Stephen Prutsman, who moves effortlessly across music of many idioms, turns his formidable talents to jazz, performing his 2013 album Passengers for the first time in its entirety. Of Passengers, Prutsman says, “Taken as a whole, this all-piano evening visits and links cool jazz, pulsating sambas, an impressionistic passacaglia, funk from the 1970s and bit of post-Second Viennese neo-romanticism, all to create one thought-provoking and moving musical journey. Think Ravel meets Bill Evans, Richard Strauss meets Irving Berlin, Bootsy meets J.S. Bach.”
The music on the album was inspired by a revelatory time for Prutsman, as he came to terms with his son’s autism. “The most important decision I could make in my life was to find a way to always enjoy my time with him,” Prutsman said. “My hope is that Passengers will suggest to others that despite the myriad of musical languages we speak, in the end we all are trying to live the great truth: To find for ourselves and share with others a meaningful musical narrative of love, grace, hope, joy and compassion.”
BAC Salon is a series of concerts presented in a salon setting, without a division between stage and auditorium. This series takes music written for intimate spaces, jazz and classical alike, back to its natural setting. BAC also strives to make live music more integrated in everyday lives of busy New Yorkers by presenting these hourlong programs with refreshments, no intermission, and keeping ticket prices affordable.
Presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center