Caleb Teicher & Conrad Tao - 92Y, New York

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Caleb Teicher & Conrad Tao

Caleb Teicher & Conrad Tao

Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao will be presenting a New York City premiere of their collaborative duet Counterpoint.

Counterpoint is a collaboration between pianist and composer Conrad Tao and choreographer and dancer Caleb Teicher. The duo explore the dichotomy of their different perspectives and artistic practices and how together they can expand their individual expressive capacity through a collective experience. Harmonic, rhythmic, and theatrical counterpoint between the artists seeks to map out constellations linking their disparate traditions, driving an opening of the hearts and imaginations of the audience. The stylistically diverse music of Counterpoint includes the Arias from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Art Tatum’s demented stride piano, Arnold Schoenberg’s ironic take on the Viennese waltz, a delicate miniature from Tao and Teicher’s More Forever, and threading it all together, a work that bridges traditions, approaches, and styles — Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Tao and Teicher’s earlier work, More Forever, is a Bessie Award-winning, New York Times critic’s pick which was lauded for “constantly extend[ing] the sonic aspects of dance.”

Kaufmann Concert Hall is where audiences witnessed iconic artists including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon and Pearl Primus push boundaries, on this historic stage, audiences experienced the evolution of an art form.

Join us as we return to this stage and provide a platform for modern-day pioneers to take risks, to remove boundaries and to transport us into the future of dance.

  • J.S. Bach, Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Tao/Teicher, Swing 2 from More Forever and improvisations
  • Schoenberg, Five Piano Pieces, op. 23: V. Walzer
  • Noble/Powell/Tatum, "Cherokee"
  • Coles & Bufalino, The Coles and Bufalino Soft Shoe
  • Brahms, Intermezzo in E major, op. 116/4
  • Mozart/David Parker, Song and Dance, based on Mozart's Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Allegretto "Alla Turca"
  • Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, arr. for solo piano
  • Ravel, Sonatine: II. Mouvement de Menuet
  • J.S. Bach, Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Caleb Teicher

Caleb Teicher

Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration …

Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” …

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