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    Posted: 04 Jun 2018 at 1:40pm

MISHA ALPERIN (1956-2018) 

Misha Alperin, pianist, composer, improviser and independent musical thinker, has died, aged 61.

Born in the Ukraine in 1956, Misha Alperin grew up in rural Bessarabia, the eastern part of Moldavia. He played with folk musicians while also studying composition and piano, and came late to jazz, hearing recordings of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane only when he was 24. The first jazz pianists who caught his attention were Art Tatum, Red Garland, Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano and Keith Jarrett, and he drew inspiration from all of them.
In 1983 Alperin moved to Moscow, where he met the french horn and flugelhorn player Arkady Shilkloper - then working with the Bolshoi Brass Quintet – who soon became his closest ally in a musical attempt to “break down barriers and borders not only geographically, but also historically - the borders between epochs.”
The first Alperin/Shilkloper European tour brought the duo to Oslo, where they introduced themselves at Rainbow Studio, subsequently becoming ECM recording artists. Their Wave of Sorrow album, recorded in 1989, attracted rave reviews: "Alperin's compositions are impossible to classify in terms of genre,” Thomas Rothschild wrote in the Frankfurter Rundschau. "They are aphoristic pieces, indebted as much to Bartók, Schnittke or Kurtág as to Jarrett or Corea. They are unique, indeed, and must be heard."
From 1993, Alperin was based in Oslo where he taught at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, and several albums feature collaborations with Norwegian players, including North Story with Tore Brunborg and Jon Christensen. Christensen also appears on First Impression, which documents a spirited, spontaneous encounter between Alperin and John Surman. German cellist Anja Lechner was another musical partner, appearing on Night (recorded at the VossaJazz festival) and Her First Dance, and touring in trio with Alperin and Shilkloper.
Alperin’s most personal and intimate album is perhaps the solo recording At Home, of which the pianist wrote, “the mind was quiet, the ears alert, and the music born practically without revisions. Improvisation here is simply the paintbrush, with the help of which you can be honest in the presence of the night.”

from ECM Records

Edited by snobb - 04 Jun 2018 at 1:40pm
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