- Artist: Misha Piatigorsky
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/23/2008
Misha Piatigorsky is one of the most innovative pianists on the music scene today. His unique marriage of powerful melodies with intensely driving rhythms makes his sound a fresh voice that excites the heart and mind, and his charisma and electric energy on stage keep any audience hanging off his every note. Misha has had several different trios over the past 15 years. This one in particular is one of his first trios that included Peter Kline on bass and Eric Harland on drums. They have recorded two albums in the late 90's - The Happenin' and Pure Imagination. The sound of this trio has always leaned toward hard groovin' swing. The youthful energy of this trio really makes for a fun listening experience. A recent trio of Misha's is one that includes bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Ari Hoenig and it is a fusion of urban grooves with his non-traditional jazz compositions, breaking down the boundaries between classical melodicism and popular rhythms. Their first record, Uncommon Circumstance, was released in 2007 to great accolades. Misha's other notable releases include the debut CD for Trio Del Sol, with guitarist Freddie Bryant and percussionist Gilad on Twinz Records, where the "piano and guitar create and exchange melodies like an intricate dance" (Bill Milkowski), and AYA, featuring his compositions. Misha currently resides in New York with his family - wife and two children, where he is a sought-after producer and performer. Misha has produced many award-winning records both for himself and other musicians featuring his compositions and arrangements. He continues composing for films, small ensembles, and vocalists, and can be heard on the major motion picture soundtracks of Chaos Theory, Pretty Persuasion, Victory Over Darkness, RX, and Danika. Born in Moscow, Misha began his musical education at a very young age. After his immigration to the United States in 1981, Misha became an accomplished Jazz pianist, drummer, and composer. He earned his Bachelors Degree under pianist Kenny Barron, and his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music, having been awarded a full scholarship. Being deeply committed to the next generation of musicians, Misha continues to be an inspirational educator both at home and abroad. He was recognized in 2004 as the Winner of the BMI Thelonious Monk Composers Competition.
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