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Jazz50 | In conversation with Dan Tepfer
Seeded by davidie on 10 Mar 2020
Author: New England Conservatory
NEC student Ye Huang ’20 talks with pianist-composer and alumnus Dan Tepfer about his musical influences, the relationship between music and technology, and more as part of NEC's Jazz50 conversation series. For more on Jazz50: This series pairs current NEC students with noted alumni, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory. 0:19 Early influences: opera in utero, first generation of U.S.-trained Chinese jazz artists, my grandfather showed me it was okay to improvise 02:34 Bachelor's in astrophysics, master's in jazz piano: why do so many musicians also love the sciences? 04:44 The history of American music wouldn't be the same without high school band programs 07:00 Arrival at NEC: "I had never formally studied jazz." 08:36 Most important lesson learned at NEC? Rhythm. 10:02 Celebrating Cecil Taylor's music as part of Jazz50: boogie woogie, personal chromatic language, structure 14:17 What's the connection betw