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‘Songs In An Empty Church’

A month ago, more or less at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown (well actually a bit past the peak here in Berlin), I had an opportunity to perform a ‘concert’ with my friend and colleague Martina Gebhardt. We played to an empty church, empty that is except for a small (and carefully socially-distant) video team from Greve Studios

We played a lovely duo set of jazz and jazz-inflected pop songs, in a very intimate setting but with the beautiful though rather solemn backdrop of the church. The piano, a glorious old Blüthner (circa 1885) that still has tremendous sound and dynamic range, needed a little tuning but luckily I can take care of that…

We are happy to present, then, the video premiere of the duo set ‘Songs In An Empty Church’. It’s a rather nice program, and was a pleasure to play, so if you’re finding the world outside a bit much right now, come share some silence and intimate music with us…

And if you enjoy it, there’s a second, solo set coming soon, so stay tuned for that as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1S_9bB4sTI 

Premiere: Monday June 1 at 19:00 (Berlin time) 

Recorded May 1 2020 

PROGRAM (all arrangements M. Gebhardt and T. Tinker): 

Still at sea (Kirk Nurock) 
Spring can really hang you up the most (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landeshan) 
Alice in Wonderland (Sammy Fain, Dave Hilliard) 
Dreams (Stevie Nicks) 
Mein Seelenplan (Martina Gebhardt) 
Gravy Waltz (Ray Brown) 
Go your own way (Lindsey Buckingham) 
What a wonderful world (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele)

 

These are, of course, strange days to be promoting something like this, so I’m just going to offer this quietly, and dedicate my part of it to those affected by racial violence, and those protesting and working towards a world free of it…

 

 

 

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