Recital By Rising Star Pianist, Composer And Educator: Jonathan Drucker

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Photo credit: Mahmoud Sami

Jonathan Drucker of Montclair will perform works by several famous composers, along with his own original material this Friday night at Immaculate Conception Church.

Drucker was born into a musical family. He began to take piano lessons at age six, and continued studying throughout his childhood in Montclair.

Later, Drucker majored in music at Skidmore College, and also studied piano and composition at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. He completed his Masters program at the Manhattan School of Music in 2012, and was a recent winner in the International Concert Alliance Competition.

Also a composer and music educator, Drucker has scored several short films, and is a founding member of Tonal Emersion, a group specializing in improvisation and collaborative composition. Drucker has taught piano, guitar, music theory, composition, and songwriting for six years, with students age three to 80.

Baristanet asked the young composer about his creative process:

How would you describe your style?

Abstract, with elements of classical and jazz. It’s also existentialist: I’m trying to portray the meaning of life through music. It’s syncopated, and emotionally driven. Describing what I do is difficult. I’m evolving as a person, and I don’t yet have a single way of writing that I’ve decided works for me. But I do try to make sure my music stimulates the brain and the heart.

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Photo credit: Glenn Knowles

Where do you get your inspiration?

It stems from improvisation…a single melody line I create sitting at the piano that comes from a little bit of music in my head. And then it builds on itself. Other times, I’ll have a larger scale piece in mind, and then I fill it in.

Composing is such a complex mental and emotional process. How do you do it?

I try to convey how I feel while still abiding by a set of principles or rules that establish themselves during my compositional process. I have very high standards for myself, and that can really slow me down. I have the “masterpiece complex,” where I’m wanting to create the greatest piece ever, and sometimes I labor over every single note. But it’s a labor of love.

Drucker will perform works by Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, along with four original, short pieces of his own: Ellipsis, Distant Fraternity, Urban Myth, and Sleepless Afternoons.

When: Friday, October 4 at 7:30pm
Where: Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Cost: Tickets are available at the door for $10

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