The Snider High School Fine Arts Department will host a concert by award-winning pianist Dan Tepfer and the Ball State University Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 tonight, Oct. 19, in Nicholas Auditorium. Snider High School is located at 4600 Fairlawn Pass in Fort Wayne. Admission to the concert is $7. Tickets are available at the door.
Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama.
The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz.
As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall.
See a sample of his musianship at youtube.com/watch?v=pY084DID2sk.
Tepfer and members of the Ball State Jazz Faculty will present a free improvisation clinic for students this afternoon.