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Joachim Kühn

Joachim Kühn
Joachim Kühn

Joachim Kühn

Saturday, November 6th
19.00 – CentroCentro. Caja de Música

Price: €12 / online: €10

What this German pianist offers in his jazz concerts includes the same emotional appeal that can be found in his interpretations of Schumann, Brahms and Liszt. A child musical prodigy – he was just five years old when he began giving solo piano recitals – Joachim Kühn started playing jazz in 1961 as a member of the S & H Quintet. Restless, always alert, he then led his own trio, became a member of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty’s Experience, and teamed up with soloists such as Jeremy Steig, Eje Thelin and Rolf Kühn, his elder brother. Now, after several years of finding fulfilment as a trio (Daniel Humair, Jean François Jenny-Clark and Jean Paul Celea have been some of his natural partners), Joachim Kühn is currently performing as a solo pianist.

 

He has chosen this instrumental format because it is the same one that is featured on the album “Touch the Light”, a recording released in the spring of this year, which is, presumably, the album he will present to the public at JAZZMADRID. “Touch the Light” saw the light of day in Kühn’s home on the island of Ibiza, between the months of May and October last year, 2020. An album conceived and developed during the lockdown and composed of a highly personal selection of ballads. For example, “A Remark you Made”, by Weather Report, which Kühn recorded to express his gratitude to Joe Zawinul, a member of the jury of a Gulda competition in Vienna, thanks to which the pianist was able to leave East Germany in 1966, while the “Allegretto” from Beethoven’s 7th symphony is a reminder of just how important this influential Viennese composer was for Kühn.

 

This artist breaks down all stylistic barriers, and no instrumental arrangement can demonstrate that better than the solo piano. In the concert, we will appreciate unexpected developments of extreme delicacy, interspersed with tempestuous and indeed visceral phrases the likes of which have seldom been heard before. Kühn is to music what Hitchcock was to the cinematographic language of suspense. And in this festival, we’ll be able to appreciate him to the full.

Joachim Kuhn – Piano


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