Borah Bergman

Thursday, April 27, 2006. 8:30 pm

 

Borah Bergman at Roulette 2006

 

Borah Bergman

Thursday, April 27, 2006. 8:30 pm

Downbeat Magazine described pianist Borah Bergman as “having the hands of an eccentric genius.” As a teenager, Bergman saw the one- (left-) handed pianist Paul Wittgenstein perform, and he was inspired to develop his own left hand to make it the complete equal of his right in both strength and independence. Now completely ambidextrous, he improvises horn-like lines with both hands, sometimes crossed, in a contrapuntal and polyphonic, multi-layered dialogue that allows pieces to be turned upside down without loss of rhythmic intensity or aesthetic shape. For his Roulette appearance, Bergman will perform Dimensions in Direction, piano compositions and improvisations, which relate to the above description and which showcase his unique style of playing, which he calls “ambi-ideation.”