Upcoming Concerts

IMPetus Trio at The Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn

Sunday 19, May 2019 ( 7 30 pm )

Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

A full evening with my chamber punk trio IMPetus, with fare including music of Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, Patti Smith, Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and originals.  IMPetus is:

Maria Tegzes, vocals
Dave "Knife" Fabris, guitars
Geoffrey Burleson, piano

New York Composers Circle Chamber Music Concert

Tuesday 21, May 2019 ( 7 30 pm )

Marc A Scorca Hall
National Opera America Center

330 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

~Violin, Cello, Piano, and Electronics Concert Program~

Frederick Boyle — Worship for mezzo-soprano, double bass, and piano
Max Giteck Duykers — Ocean Filigree for electronics, violin, and piano
Peri Mauer — A Piano and A Violin, for violin and piano
Dary John Mizelle — Newtrio, for flute, clarinet, and piano

Concert with The Pittsburgh Collective

Wednesday 22, May 2019 ( 7 00 pm )

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

'To call the Pittsburgh Collective a big band is a bit like calling the New York Philharmonic an opera outfit...A new kind of fusion is going on in [their] music, but also, perhaps, a new kind of analysis, in which the origins of jazz -- the fusion music of a century ago -- are being creatively explored.' 
  - Paul Griffiths

~Featuring works of David Sanford~

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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. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

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Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide


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