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JAZZ, hiphop and minimalism are combined in the music of New York's Grand Pianoramax.

Grand Pianoramax is an alias of keyboardist Leo Tardin and he will be playing at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham tomorrow.

The Paris-based poetic rap wordsmith Mike Ladd will be guesting, while Dominic Burkhalter will be manning the drum kit.

There are tracks taken from last year's album The Biggest Piano In Town, freely listenable on Grand Pianoramax's MySpace website, giving a good idea of what to expect.

Showdown features some tough verbals over a rough-edged electric piano vamp, while Nikola Tesla jumps around a flapping Moog bass-blob and skipping snare-beat, landing Tardin in a patch that's appealing to fans of fusion, funk and intelligent rapping.

Tardin released his debut disc in 2005, and although now living in New York, he originally hails from Geneva, winning the first International Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1999.

A pretty impressive beginning for a career that has since swerved well away from the jazz mainstream.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 13, 2009
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