Dan Tepfer

Natural Machines

Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks

In an age of unprecedented technological advancement, Dan Tepfer is changing the definition of what a musical instrument can be.

As a pianist and collaborator, Dan Tepfer has performed alongside legends of the international jazz scene including Pharoah Sanders and Lee Konitz. Returning to MIJF after more than a decade, Tepfer will showcase his pioneering skill in this truly unique Festival experience by programming a Yamaha Disklavier to respond in real time to the music he improvises at the piano. Meanwhile, another computer program turns the music into stunning animated visual art projected onto the domed ceiling of the Melbourne Planetarium.

Called “fascinating and ingenious” by Rolling Stone, the Natural Machines performance lives at a unique intersection of mechanical and natural processes, making it more than solo piano, but rather a “piece of contemporary art so well made and expressed by such a thoughtful, talented, evocative pianist… that it becomes a complete experience”. (NextBop)

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mellon Foundation.

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