Notes and Editorial Reviews
If you're familiar with Jed Distler as one of the most engaging music writers and radio hosts in the United States, you might be surprised to learn he is also "an altogether extraordinary pianist" (Newark Star-Ledger) and New York's “Downtown keyboard magus" (The New Yorker). He has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Lois V. Vierk, Virko Baley, Wendy Mae Chambers, Andrew Thomas, Simeon ten Holt, Virgil Thomson, David Maslanka, William Schimmel, Kitty Brazelton, Alvin Curran, and Eleanor Hovda -- many which were written especially for him. In addition to recent commissions from Jenny Lin, IonSound, and Song in Music, his works have been recorded by Margaret Leng Tan, Guy Livingston, and Quattro Mani, among other New Music
luminaries, And no summer would be complete without WNYC’s ritual broadcast of Jed’s String Quartet No. 1 (the Mister Softee Variations).
Late in 2010 Jed recorded his newest solo piano project, “Meditate With The Masters”. Referencing one of his previous performance porgrams, Jed said, "I love to bring together seemingly unrelated composers who nevertheless relate." In “Meditate With The Masters”, he does just that -- bringing together a wide array of familiar themes from the core classical repertoire and reworking them into newly minted piano pieces designed for relaxation, healing, simple listening pleasure and to calm the mind and spirit. Jed draws on his youthful jazz and pop background and appreciation and understanding of ambient music, along with his celebrated classical technique and subtle range of color and nuance.
" In his new collection, titled “Meditate with the Masters,” Distler draws his inspiration from some of the most famous classical composers in history (Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Satie, etc.) and adds his own spin — a mixture of jazz and pop. The result is more than a simple album. It is a musical experience like no other. Each track paints a dreamy landscape in which notes become spiritual vehicles for relaxation. The album is so soothing that after a while, the music naturally merges into the consciousness, while covering the mind with a balmy embrace. There is something very endearing about this album. Distler plays with such grace and lightness that the beautiful emotions he delivers speak directly to the senses, and ultimately to our inner child. Whether you are a fan of classical music or not, you will love “Meditate with the Masters.” It is an indispensable CD to own." -- Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Examiner
Works on This Recording
After Satie by Jed Distler
Jed Distler (Piano)
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