Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pianist Teri Parker new album release "In the Past"...refreshing and playful

Recently released is the refreshing and playful new album from Toronto-area pianist Teri Parker entitled "In the Past".  

Stream and download the album on Bandcamp HERE

The album is a collection of instrumental songs; from nostalgic and mellow to rhythmically driving and harmonically adventurous, and the song titles allude to characters or places in novels that inspired many of the compositions. Majnoun for example is the name of the central character in the novel Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.  Many of these songs were written during an extremely inspired period in Parker’s life, when she was living in New York City, and studying with some incredible musicians, Aaron Goldberg, Guillermo Klein, Fred Hersch and Sophia Rosoff. 

Teri Parker is a jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer based in Toronto. In addition to leading her own quartet, she also co-leads the Parker Abbott Trio with pianist Simeon Abbott. Both of these groups play frequently in jazz clubs in Toronto and feature all original music. She is also a member of several other bands including Idioteque (Canada’s finest Radiohead tribute band) and the DeHarms (with singer-songwriter Carlie Howell). As a composer Teri actively writes for her own bands, and in 2015 received a Toronto Arts Council grant to write new music for her quartet, which can be heard on this, their debut album.

With the Parker Abbott Trio, Teri has released three albums; Gallery in 2011, The Wayfinders in 2014 and Elevation in 2016. Their latest release took them across Canada, performing at clubs and festivals coast to coast, from Hermann’s in Victoria, BC to the Halifax Jazz Festival. Their music has been called “an ethereal wonderland of sound and texture” (Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz) and take improvisational music into new areas of exploration.

More videos on YouTube channel HERE

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