Pianist Eldar Djangirov first gained attention at age 10 after moving from Kyrgyzstan to the U.S. and shocking audiences with his virtuosic performances. More than 15 years later and with the release of two albums coming up - a jazz trio opus in April ( listen ) and his solo classical debut in May. To celebrate, he's giving away the track "Point of View Redux" exclusively to Keyboard readers!
• Appearing on NPR's 'Piano Jazz' at 12, signed to Sony Classical at 17, and securing a GRAMMY nomination at 20 - now 26, watch why Dave Brubeck calls Eldar "a genius beyond most young people I've heard," here - http://shorefi.re/Unv4ZW
• Chick Corea, in his liner notes for the upcoming jazz release, describes Eldar as having "A sparkling command of the instrument [and] a wide and fine combination of musical approaches."
• Eldar has contributed several lessons to Keyboard
magazine, giving readers insight into his practice regimen and creative process. Examples include his "Power Warm-Ups
" and "5 Ways To Play Like Oscar Peterson
." More to come in future issues.
• In the same musically ambidextrous category as Keith Jarrett, few artists could record two albums over the course of one week in different musical genres, but with 'Breakthrough' and 'Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev' Eldar has done just that.
• 'Breakthrough' (out April 9), captured live in studio, features Eldar's long-standing touring trio; bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso. The album includes special guests Joe Locke (vibraphone) and Chris Potter (saxophonist) and an array of standards and originals, including Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," the Redd Evans/David Mann composition "No Moon at All," and even Radiohead's "Morning Bell."
• 'Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev' (out May 14), Eldar's second solo album and first classical release , features unique interpretations of renowned pieces like Bach’s Partita in C minor and Brahms’ Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76. A native of the former Soviet Union, Eldar pays homage to his roots on Prokofiev's "Sonata #7 in Bb major, Op. 83" from the 1940s.