“Inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum—to bear, making for a sparkling debut full of exciting promise...Meder's ingenious R'n'B romp through the gospel chestnut ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ is simply worth the price of admission alone.” - All About Jazz
This show celebrates the debut release of pianist and composer Dave Meder, a recent finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. With support from bassist Dean Torrey and drummer Kenneth Salters, the group will embark on an ambitious postmodernist outing, traversing rarely-played Thelonious Monk pieces, gospel hymns, a title track inspired by Philip Glass, and original compositions touching on the whole American musical spectrum.
Pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder is quickly becoming one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has performed in some of New York’s most hallowed rooms, including several headlining stands at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and internationally at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, and others. In 2013, Meder won the esteemed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. His latest album, Passage (Outside In Music, 2019), is a dynamically interactive piano-trio outing boasting appearances by the generation-defining saxophonists Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón.
Meder is also a skilled composer-arranger, having earned an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the FirstMusic Commission of the New York Youth Symphony, and a slot in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. As the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas, he is currently the youngest instructor employed in one of the nation’s most renowned music programs.
Tickets: $15 advance /$18 door /$10 full-time students with ID
Thursday, August 1 at 8:00pm
An Die Musik
409 N. Charles Street, 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21201