Pioneering pianist to perform at CMU

Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Recital Hall of Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.



Twenty-five years ago, David Lanz’s release of “Cristofori’s Dream” topped Billboard magazine’s first Adult Alternative/New Age chart and remained there for 27 weeks. According to a news release,

The Grammy-nominated pianist and composer revisited that solo with the Oct. 9 release of “Cristofori’s Dream ... ReEnvisioned,” “a newly recorded solo piano interpretation of the half-dozen original compositions, including the now-classic title track and sole cover of Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale,’ that comprised the work that rewrote the book on the New Age movement.”

On the heels of this release, Lanz will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Recital Hall of Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Art Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

The title track of the new album “pays homage to Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (1655–1731), an Italian craftsman of musical instruments who is acknowledge to have invented the piano,” a news release said.

“The goal for this new recording was to capture the essence of the original album, but with the intimacy, spontaneity, and the sense of space afforded by a solo piano recording,” Lanz wrote at DavidLanz.com.

Lanz’s performing career didn’t start in solo piano, however. As a teenager, Lanz played the keyboard with his rock band “The Towne Cryers” in Seattle, according to Lanz’s website.

He rocked through his 20s, recorded an album with the Canadian group BARHMIN and played the keyboard on Terry Jack’s “Seasons in the Sun” released in 1974.

In the 1980s, while “playing blues and jazz in a piano bar, he ‘stumbled’ on to a different path,” the site says.

A friend needed “music to illustrate the flow of energy through the centers of the body” for a seminar, Lanz says on the site.

Lanz made a tape and the music was a hit at the seminar. “There was no musical style quite like it in those days,” Lanz says, and the tape become the base for his album “Heartsounds.”

Tickets to Saturday’s concert are $20 general admission and $45 for a Golden Ticket, which features preferred seating, a private wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with Lanz and an autographed CD.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colorado Public Radio Marsha Thomas Endowment Fund and Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com or call 261-8455.


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