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Friday, February 4, 2022 • 8:00 PM

COUNTERPOINT - Conrad Tao & Caleb Teicher

The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

COUNTERPOINT is a collaboration between pianist and composer Conrad Tao and choreographer and dancer Caleb Teicher. The duo explores the dichotomy of their different perspectives and artistic practices, expanding 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 the imagination and opening the heart. The stylistically diverse music of COUNTERPOINT includes the Aria 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 extending the sonic aspects of dance.”

 

“Stillness, silhouettes, geometries: Everything combines to make [Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao’s] ‘More Forever’ a new dance world of the imagination.”

The New York Times

 

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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

“One of the brightest lights in tap today.”

The New Yorker

Caleb Teicher dances to Jon Batiste’s Nocturne

“If I could, I’d hear every performance Tao plays.”

San Diego Union Tribune

Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

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