Master Jazz Pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen to Perform a Solo Concert in the Town of Katzenelnbogen, Germany, Where His Great Ancestor Was Born Five Centuries Ago
Boston, MA, June 23, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, July 28, 2012, as part of the town of Katzenelnbogen’s 700th anniversary celebration, Eyran Katsenelenbogen, an internationally acclaimed master jazz pianist, will perform a concert honoring this town and his great ancestor Rabbi Meir ben Isaac Katzenellenbogen who was born there in 1482.
In his book, The Unbroken Chain, Dr. Neil Rosenstein portrays the genealogy of illustrious Jewish families. According to this book, Meir Katzenellenbogen was born in 1482 in the village of Katzenelnbogen in the district of Rhein-Lahn-Kreis and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Now, Jewish Roots, Israel Shenker’s review of Rosenstein’s book, published in The New York Times in 1977, highlighted prominent descendents of Meir Katzenelnbogen as outlined in The Unbroken Chain. These descendents include Helena Rubinstein, Martin Buber, Karl Marx, composer Felix Mendelssohn, and Saul Wahl Katzenellenbogen, who is believed to have been King of Poland for One Day (August 18, 1587).
The town of Katzenelnbogen developed around the Castle of Katzenelnbogen which was completed in 1095. The unusual name, which means “Cat’s Elbow”, gave rise to the creation of a local folk tale about its origin. The castle, with its two opposite turrets, is said to have inspired this name because of its resemblance to a cat lounging above the elbow shaped bend of the creek named "Dörsbach" which flows below. In 1371, the Counts of Katzenelenbogen also built the magnificent NeuKatzenelnbogen Castle, commonly known as Katz Castle. Katz Castle is linked with the nearby Mouse Castle (Burg Maus). A children’s song known throughout Europe, Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen by the Sea, was also likely inspired by the town’s name.
“I am very grateful to Mayor of Katzenelnbogen Horst Klöppel for his courteous invitation. This concert is enormously meaningful for me in the context of my personal history and that of my family. I feel tremendously fortunate to be able to bring my music back to the place from which my family originated more than five hundred years ago. I would like to thank my friend Gerhard Hummer for initiating this concert.” ~ Eyran Katsenelenbogen
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Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Short Biography
Master pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen has been dedicated to the medium of improvisational piano. "He is a passionate man who feels deeply, and he has the talent to express those feelings through his playing. You can not help but be moved by his performance." - Frank Rubolino, Cadence.
A classically trained pianist with a unique jazz style, Eyran has performed concerts and appeared on radio and television throughout the world. His concert tours included venues such as Saint Joseph Theater, Scarborough; Bechstein Centrum, Hamburg; Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival; Teatro di Marcello, Rome; Mirrors Hall, St. Petersburg; Iridium Jazz Club, New York and Jordan Hall, Boston. In 2012, he is scheduled to perform a concert in the town of Katzenelnbogen in Germany, where his great ancestor was born in the fifteen century.
In 2011, Eyran collaborated with classical pianist Andrei Ivanovitch on the DVD Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition - a two-piano onstage dialogue weaving together classical and jazz styles in a revolutionary interpretation of Mussorgsky's timeless masterpiece. Eyran and Andrei preformed their innovative program to enthusiastic audiences in Europe, Russia and the United States.
Related to Felix Mendelssohn, Eyran was born in Israel and was first taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim. Eyran went on to continue his music education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he trained with Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, George Russell and Gunther Schuller.
Since 1996, Eyran has held a faculty position at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. At NEC, Eyran has pioneered innovative techniques for teaching contemporary music performance to students with special abilities and diverse needs. He collaborated with his students on ten CDs, and created a music library on YouTube documenting their performances.
Eyran continues to thrill and inspire his listeners throughout the world. His recordings have been enthusiastically reviewed by major jazz publications such as Jazziz, Jazz Times, Jazz Journal International and All About Jazz.
"He sets the bar towards which other pianists must strive." - Jay Deshpandae, All About Jazz
For additional information visit the Eyran Records official Website: www.EYRAN.com
Links to additional information related to this press release:
• Now, Jewish Roots (Israel Shenker): http://tali.com/neilr/UBC_NYT.html
• The Unbroken Chain (Neil Rosenstein): http://www.amazon.com/Unbroken-Chain-Biographical-Genealogy-Illustrious/dp/096105784X
• Neil Rosenstein’s Website: http://tali.com/neilr/
• Katsenelnbogen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katzenellenbogen,_Germany
• Meir ben Isaac Katzenellenbogen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meir_Katzenellenbogen
• Katzenellenbogen: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/9238-katzenellenbogen
• Eyran Katsenelenbogen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyran_Katsenelenbogen
• Painting his own Pictures (Heather Porter): http://eyran.webstarts.com/uploads/Pg__15_JA_04_29_11.pdf
• Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen by the Sea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWjTmXT58nk