Dan Knight Steinway Artist, Pianist, Composer
Welcome to the world of
"Spontaneous." "Fearless." "Passionate." "Majestic." "Mystical." "Accessible." "Personable." "Articulate." "Peerless improviser." "Steinway Artist." "Pianist." "Composer." "Author." "Lecturer." "Educator."
These are all words that have been used to describe Dan Knight. They're all true descriptions of him. Yet he continues to defy description or categorization.
As one of the world's finest improvising musician/composers, Dan Knight is one of the acknowledged master pianists of his generation. The range of his musicianship, reflected in his interpretations of both the classical and jazz "canons" and in his own inimitable compositions, is incomparable and unparalleled in modern contemporary music.
His life's goal?
"To combat soullessness in all its forms, and all things which seek to injure the soul, through the restorative and redemptive power of Art."
No small goal.
In the process of this undertaking, he has become the embodiment of what the poet Federico Garcia Lorca called, in a word, "Duende."
His playing combines "the passion and technique of Paderewski with the improvisational virtuosity of Art Tatum.*" His contemporary classical compositions range from works for solo piano to symphonic pieces, from solo and ensemble vocal music to instrumental performance pieces and works for ballet and modern dance.
His compositions are frequently inspired by masterpieces of visual art, and often include both thorough composition and improvisation in a powerful, seamless synthesis of creativity, spontaneity and structure.
He's not a "young lion." Far from it, in fact. He's a full-fledged lion, at the height of his powers.
And he roars.
Dan Knight Steinway Artist, Pianist, Composer © 2014
*from "The Encyclopedia of Jazz, the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University"