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"Serious Play combines spontaneity and intent. Improvised in the
studio, it's a harmonious, emotionally intense whole that sounds like
a concert rather than an arbitrary collection of tunes."
- Carlo Wolff, Down Beat

"In less than forty minutes, Gardony manages to cycle through a series of thoughts and emotional truths that catalog what we're all experiencing in different ways. It's a statement that's both sobering and heartening in its unfolding."
- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Laszlo Gardony | CD Release Concert for Serious Play (Sunnyside)

Featuring: Laszlo Gardony - solo piano

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, Laszlo Gardony is "one of contemporary music's truly original voices," (JazzTimes).

He celebrates his soulful new solo piano CD, "Serious Play'' with a concert featuring music from the recording including "Georgia On My Mind," "Naima," and "Over The Rainbow," as well as his spontaneous, inspired improvisations which come from a deep well of emotion and contemplation. "Music has a direct effect on our emotions and also on our well-being," says Gardony. "With this CD my focus was on strengthening and helping people to be resilient, as well as washing away any fatigue, doubt, or desperation we all may feel from time to time."

Be part of this unique, unforgettable night!

"A formidable improviser who lives in the moment," (JazzTimes), Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released a dozen albums during his distinguished decades long career.

After graduating from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the ELTE Science University in his native Hungary, Gardony earned a full scholarship to Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1983 and joined the faculty there not long after graduation.

His first prize performance at the 1987 Great American Jazz Piano Competition launched him into the international spotlight. Since then, Gardony has performed at major festivals and premiere jazz clubs around the world and has toured and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel's High Standards, Matt Glaser's Wayfaring Strangers, and David "Fathead" Newman, as well as the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, and the Smithsonian Institute's Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit, among others.

In addition to his solo and sideman work, Gardony leads three of his own groups: a trio of 15 years featuring bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel; a quartet featuring multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Stan Strickland; and a sextet with saxophone luminaries Bill Pierce and Don Braden.

Gardony's 2015 Sunnyside recording Life in Real Time was named one of the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by the Boston Globe.

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