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  • January 2021 Review of Live Stream Concert in The New York City Jazz Record Magazine +

    The January, 2021 issue of The New York City Jazz Record features a music review written by Jazz author, poet and musician John Pietaro of Andy Wasserman's PoleStar live stream solo piano concert (December 13, 2020), appearing in the NY@Night section alongside other concert reviews of Eddie Palmieri, Christian McBride and Matthew Shipp on page 5. The NYC Jazz Record is the city's only homegrown gazette devoted to the music world of Jazz. The PoleStar concert consisted entirely of original compositions, presented with the intention to uplift and inspire the listener in relation to the themes of the light emanating from a guiding star in the sky in conjunction with the internal light deep within the heart. Compositions presented are: 1) Centrality2) Lighthouse3) Togetherness4) Ataraxia5) Progeny6) Loose7) Effulgence8) Abound Here's the review as it appears in the magazine, followed by the text-only version: During the pandemic, pianist Andy Wasserman has Read More
  • Holistic Music Healing Update: New collection of five one-hour video Live Stream concerts are now on YouTube +

    Andy Wasserman's YouTube Channel now features a five-part series of solo piano Holistic Music Healing Live Stream concert videos presented to inspire, relax, refresh, rejuvenate and restore a sense of personal balance for the listener. These concerts are part of his series entitled "The Listening Experience," and take place each and every Sunday at 7:00pm ET (New York). All music in this video series contain original solo piano music composed, arranged and performed by Andy Wasserman on his 1924 Steinway model "M" grand piano. He has been researching, exploring and utilizing many therapeutic and healing modalities of music since 1974. Most everyone is in agreement that beautiful, peaceful music can soothe the emotions, purify the heart, uplift and bring a sense of peacefulness. But did you know that in ancient times, music was created with the intention to heal illness? The wisdom of these supreme Jazz innovators echoes this sentiment Read More
  • New Solo Piano Albums Released On Bandcamp +

    Musical Artist Andy Wasserman has recently released a series of new solo piano albums on Bandcamp, one of the top music distribution websites for listeners around the world to discover amazing new music and directly support the musicians who make it. These new recordings are available for digital download in high-quality audio, featuring Wasserman as the composer, arranger, performer, producer and recording engineer on all tracks. Performed live on a 1924 Steinway Model "M" Classic Grand, this collection of modern, contemporary music showcases Andy Wasserman's signature sound, combining an expressive piano touch with a phenomenal technique. They afford the listener a splendid opportunity to experience his unique piano approach which combines rhythmic invention with sophisticated harmony. The new albums released in 2020 are "Walk In Balance," "Luminosity," "The Seven Vertical Scales," "Concord," "Tonal Gravity Poems - Volume One," and "Andy Wasserman Plays The Blues - Volume Two." You can listen to all Read More
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January 2021 Review of Live Stream Concert in The New York City Jazz Record Magazine

The January, 2021 issue of The New York City Jazz Record features a music review written by Jazz author, poet and musician John Pietaro of Andy Wasserman's PoleStar live stream solo piano concert (December 13, 2020), appearing in the NY@Night section alongside other concert reviews of Eddie Palmieri, Christian McBride and Matthew Shipp on page 5. The NYC Jazz Record is the city's only homegrown gazette devoted to the music world of Jazz.

The PoleStar concert consisted entirely of original compositions, presented with the intention to uplift and inspire the listener in relation to the themes of the light emanating from a guiding star in the sky in conjunction with the internal light deep within the heart. Compositions presented are:
1) Centrality
2) Lighthouse
3) Togetherness
4) Ataraxia
5) Progeny
6) Loose
7) Effulgence
8) Abound

Here's the review as it appears in the magazine, followed by the text-only version:

NYC Jazz Record Andy Wasserman Review HiRez 300

During the pandemic, pianist Andy Wasserman has been presenting regular live-stream concerts with one ear toward the therapeutic, healing qualities of music. His latest (Dec. 13th) was dedicated to northern Pole Stars; for astronomy-leaning jazzbos, these are currently Polaris and Polaris Australis. Wasserman produced forays into the bright, the glimmering, the burning, the clouded-over, icy and distant, with use of falling phrases over shifting, widely gripped harmonies as well as blues-drenched, ringing major sevenths, ninths and elevenths. But this was far from what we used to call ‘new age’ music. “Togetherness”, a slow, meandering work, conjured thoughts of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. While feelings of unity can be subjective, the rolling complexities in Wasserman’s works are beautifully, almost mystically woven together. More so, much of the pianist’s repertoire is built on his mastery of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (indeed, Wasserman was certified by Russell to teach it). “Ataraxia” offered the most profound modal quality, leaving the listener with that odd feeling of hollowness that arises with such tonalities. This piece also carried a motive nothing short of haunting in its reach for simplicity. Other works incorporated lonesome, roving basslines opposite right-hand postmodern jazz, one inspired by Eric Dolphy’s iconic postcard to Russell proclaiming that he’s working on “the new concept, but with an outward-bound feeling.” (written by John Pietaro)


Learn more about the music from the POLESTAR live stream concert and hear the tracks on a new 2021 album on major streaming and digital music download platforms at these links:

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