Pianist, composer, arranger, and producer Erik Deutsch embarks down a path that many instrumentalists ponder, but rarely conquer: a solo instrumental album. Well-known as a go-to NYC-based keyboardist – who regularly tours alongside an impressive array of lauded artists including Citizen Cope, Shooter Jennings, and most recently Leftover Salmon, Deutsch went big and recorded his debut solo studio album in front of a live audience with a multi-camera HD shoot for a companion DVD. A collection of nine original compositions, Creatures is produced by GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winning producer Steven Vidaic (Co-owner, Immersive Records) and is scheduled for national digital-only release as a DVD/CD set by Immersive Records on Friday, November 18, 2016.
In Winter 2013, Deutsch broke away from his perpetually crazed touring schedule for a short trip to Boulder, CO to record Creatures at Immersive Studios. A home-away-from-home for Deutsch -- which happens to house a beautiful Baldwin grand piano -- Immersive became the haven where the pianist laid down his most personal work to date. Stripped of accompaniment by his deft band members, compositions that were originally arranged for a full ensemble now took on a life of their own showcasing Deutsch’s sheer talent. The earthy, dark, and breathy tones of the Baldwin deepened Deutsch’s solo reinventions, which morphed into raw, streams of consciousness running between his fingers, the ivory, and percussive interludes on the piano strings.
Creatures… lions, flies, fish, lovers, fireflies, doctors, and outlaws are the characters that comprise Deutsch’s first solo recording project. Other stalwart jazz giants such as Paul Bley (Open To Love), Art Lande (The Eccentricities of Earl Daunt), and Keith Jarrett (Koln Concert) shaped Deutsch’s sound over his 20-year piano career helping to inform the nine pieces on Creatures.
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