The pianist and composer known as Talfi has released his latest EP record, “Premier Concert.” The EP is composed of five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour, making for a roundly comprehensive treatment of the artist’s material. It has been proudly published without financial or managerial support from the corporate music industry. Tastefully rendered, masterfully executed and wildly creative, “Premier Concert” is jazz piano for music fans who appreciate playing guided by explosively colorful imagination.
Talfi’s musical mind is inspired by a broad variety of legendary performers, being rooted in the triumvirate of Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven, but liberated by blues players such as Sonny Boy Williamson and the Blues Brothers. Talfi’s characteristic mode of playing is infused with the post-ragtime stride style of Fats Waller, and extremely fluid and active without passing into ostentation. This last quality he takes from the agile jazz of Oscar Peterson, whom Duke Ellington called the “Maharaja of keyboards.”
A born Parisian, Talfi was raised in nearby Chartres and began studies in piano at the age of six. He proved to be a natural player, excelling ahead of his peers, but found musical academia unsuited to him at the age of 14 and commenced practicing on his own. After finding his other studies also incompatible, he joined the military and began learning drums, trombone, and other brass instruments. After returning to France, Talfi enrolled at a music school in Tours.
“I would say that I did not learn much there,” he writes of this. “I was having fun with friends, though.”
Meanwhile, he was also training himself to play harmonica, which he continued to practice in earnest for an entire decade. In 2013, he rededicated himself to the piano and began improvising “on the same grid for an hour every day.” These practice sessions would eventually result in his new EP, the “Premier Concert” (or “First Concert”). A second record is also already in the works.
“Nowadays,” he writes, “I continue with the same pace, and there are already three songs in the ‘Deuxième Concert,’ which is coming up … Hopefully, you will be inspired.”
“Premier Concert” by Talfi is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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