Concerts

Brad Mehldau at Pallas Theater
jazzonline.gr | Pallas Theatre |

…Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality—the improviser and the formalist—play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos.

Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s, with his trio and as a solo pianist. His performances convey a wide range of expression. There is often an intellectual rigor to the continuous process of abstraction that may take place on a given tune, and a certain density of information. That could be followed by a stripped down, emotionally direct ballad. Mehldau favors juxtaposing extremes. He has attracted a sizeable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience in his performance.

In addition to his trio and solo projects, Mehldau has worked with a number of great jazz musicians, including a rewarding gig with saxophonist Joshua Redman’s band for two years, recordings and concerts with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and Lee Konitz, and recording as a sideman with the likes of Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, and Charles Lloyd. For more than a decade, he has collaborated with several musicians and peers whom he respects greatly, including the guitarists Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Mehldau also has played on a number of recordings outside of the jazz idiom, like Willie Nelson’s Teatro and singer-songwriter Joe Henry’s Scar. His music has appeared in several movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel. He also composed an original soundtrack for the French film, Ma Femme Est Une Actrice. Mehldau recently composed two new works commissioned by Carnegie Hall for voice and piano, The Blue Estuaries and The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, which were performed in the spring of 2005 with the acclaimed classical soprano, Renee Fleming. These songs were recorded with Fleming and released in 2006 on the Love Sublime record; simultaneously, Nonesuch released an album of Mehldau’s jazz compositions for trio entitled House on Hill. In March 2007 Mehldau debuted the piano concerto “The Brady Bunch Variations for piano and orchestra” at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France…

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Days: 06/03/2012

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Boukourestiou 5, Athens

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Monday-Saturday: 09.00-20.00
Sunday: 12.00-20.00

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Access

By Bus/Trolleybus
The Pallas Theater is situated close to Kriezotou station on Panepistimiou street and to Acadimia station on Academias street, where a lot of bus and trolleybus lines also pass.

By Metro
The Pallas Theatre is also very close to the Μetro stations Sintagma (Line 2) and Panepistimio (Line 1).

By Taxi
The neighbouring streets of Amerikis, Stadiou and Panepistimiou provide easy access to taxi services. There is also a Taxi-stand at Stintagma square.

People with special needs
All theatre spaces offer easy access for persons with special needs. During the renovation, special lifts were placed to the right of the main entrance. Access is from Boukourestiou Street. People with special needs can watch the performances from the Orchestra Pit.

Parking
In the surrounding area there are many private car parks and municipal parking system regulations apply to the side-streets.
Map of the municipal parking system in Athens city center.

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