Caught Anthony de Mare last night at Carnegie Hall. The Zankel Hall space is a gorgeous 600 seat recital hall underground on the Sixth Avenue side of the complex. Acoustically awesome. (But a little too close to the 6th Avenue subway line, if you know what I mean).
I'd caught de Mare years ago at Joe's Pub in a concert collaboration with an avante garde cellist.
But as a soloist, he truly shines. Combining a sexy passion for the keys with a sly sense of musical humor, Tony displays an offbeat affection for alternative sounds from his lips, body and unexplored parts of the piano itself. He vocalizes text, song, grunts, and moans at alternating times in this contemporary collection to impress and entertain, and to impart wisdom and enlightenment.
Mr. de Mare debuted four World Premiere pieces last night. Mr. Broadway by Jason Robert Brown, Isle of the Manhattoes by Paul Moravec, Gotham Glory by David Del Treci, and Fred Hersch's Saloon Songs. Beginning and ending the program were Gotham Lullaby by Meredith Monk and De Profundis by Frederic Rzewski.
A fascinating selection by a brilliant performing artist. He and his brilliant musicality were extremely well received by this knowing New York crowd...
Management is by Sue Bernstein Artist's Management, a roster that never ceases to impress.
(Image from SoundGenerator.com).