Upcoming Concerts

Solo and Ensemble Works with SWARMIUS

Monday 07, December 2015 ( 7 00 pm )

Geoffrey Burleson:  Powerhouse Passacaglia (NYC premiere of solo piano version)
Performances with SWARMIUSJozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters) on electronics & Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt) on saxophones. 

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY

Salon Concert with SWARMIUS and Mark Kostabi

Wednesday 09, December 2015 ( 8 00 pm )

Performances with SWARMIUS and painter-composer Mark Kostabi 
Featuring works of Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters), with Jozefius on electronics & Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt) on saxophones, and music by Mark Kostabi

Kostabi World Uptown
357 East 62nd St.

New York City

Wine & light fare will be served.
Kostabi's renowned artworks will be on view at this elegant and intimate salon-performance-party.

Limited Seating; to reserve, please email

The Pittsburgh Collective and IMPetus in Concert

Thursday 17, December 2015 ( 8 15 pm )

Performances with
David Sanford's
progressive jazz ensemble
The Pittsburgh Collective
(Maria Tegzes, vocals; Dave "Knife" Fabris, guitar;
Geoffrey Burleson, piano)

Pittsburgh Collective Show will start at 8:15 PM
IMPetus' set will start at 9:30 PM

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY

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Press Reviews

"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3:  Character Pieces - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP609, released on 11/2012

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP609, released on 11/2012

Order online "Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces"


Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3: Character Pieces

Saint-Saëns’s first published works for piano were the vivid and characterful Six Bagatelles, Op 3. Album, Op 72 dates from his mid-career and teems with rich colours and textures—haunting and exciting alike. Elsewhere, in this third volume of the Complete Piano Music, we find the richly evocative tone poem Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, paraphrases, and some delicious encores.

"In the Op. 3 Bagatelles you hear the influence of Schumann, in writing as colourful as it is pianistically adroit.  The Op. 72 Album offers music of a fuller, more advanced idiom, with the shadow of Liszt in his later dark-hued manner hanging over 'Carillon' and with an elegant 'Valse' to follow.  The Rhapsodie d'Auvergne fizzes with energy after its folksong start and the ambitious 1867 Caprice has a notably witty finish.  Yet arguably the most personal voice is found in Les cloches du soir and in the concluding Feuillet d'album.  All of this music is played with verve and commitment by Burleson."
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

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