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Uri Caine


Uri Caine

Uri Caine

"...His dialogue with the spirit of Luciano Berio has completely regenerated him, given him freshness and radicalism...dispensing pleasures and powerful intellectual stimuli. Caine at the piano is splendid. Constantly ahead like he's never sounded before."

Mario Gamba - Il Manifesto - 30 Nov 2006

"...For some time now Caine has interpreted the classics with amused irony and Mahler is one of his favourite targets: his arias, his themes, often linked to the folk world go along with the breezy imagination of the New York composer who, at the Auditorium, wowed his public."

Vittorio Franchini - Il Corriere della Sera - 5 Dec 2006

"...A resounding success for Uri Caine who re-reads Mahler in a jazz vein."

Franco Fayenz - Il Giornale - 5 Dec 2006

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 21 cds as a leader. His most recent cd is 12 Caprices (Winter and Winter 2010) with the Arditti Quartet. He has made cds featurning his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.

Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003. He has performed his version of the Diabelli Variations with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Orchestra in Canada and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
From 2006-2009 he was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006.
In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome.

During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts , the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation. In December, 2010 he was awarded a grant by the USA Artist Fellowships. He has performed at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival. Monterey Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera, Holland Festival, Israel Festival, IRCAM, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jan


Solitaire - piano solo

Uri Caine Ensemble:
Bach's Goldberg Variations
Mahler - Primal Light
Schumann - Love Fugue
Wagner e Venezia
The Othello Syndrome
Uri Caine meets Nosferatu

Uri Caine Trio
Live at the Village Vanguard
Bedrock Shelf Life

Orchestral Programmes:
Beethoven - Diabelli Variations - arrangements and improvisations on the 33 Diabelli Variations, op 120
Brahms - Variations on a theme by Handel - for orchestra and piano

New programmes available
Berio Project:Ofaqm (Horizons) - Real Time Tribute to Luciano Berio by Uri Caine Ensemble & Tempo Reale - Ravenna Festival Production
'Round About Mozart
Uri Caine & Arditti Quartet 12 Caprices for piano & string quartet
Sonic Boom Uri Caine & Han Bennink