Taylor Eigsti/Julian Lage Duo
Taylor Eigsti, piano; Julian Lage, guitar
Sunday, July 27 | 7:30 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“A set of duets as electrifying and virtuosic
as it was mature.” –
The Boston Herald
Pianist Taylor Eigsti and guitarist Julian Lage both began performing
to wide acclaim before their tenth birthdays, but to dwell on their precocious
early years doesn’t do justice to the mature talent and road-tested
musicianship of these two young artists. Now in their early twenties,
each has more than a decade of professional playing experience. Both
are as emerging as distinctive voices with the potential to make a lasting
contribution to the art of jazz, although neither has let success go
to his head. Both are involved in a variety of musical projects and pursuits
(Julian composes and records with Gary Burton’s Generations band),
but when the two perform together it’s always special: Eigsti’s
album "Lucky to Be Me," on which Lage played guitar, was nominated for
two Grammy awards in 2007. The collaboration continues on Eigsti’s
latest recording, "Let It Come to You," with Taylor and Julian
touring Europe this summer before touching down at Stanford. The duo
will be joined by various special guests.
Q&A with Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
TE: A recording of Bill Cosby doing stand-up comedy.
And an album by an instrumental pop group called “Fattburger.”
JL: Antonio Carlos Jobim - Passarim
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
TE: Julian Lage.
JL: My favorite musician under 30 is Taylor.
What job would you have if you weren¹t
a jazz musician?
TE: Football coach.
JL: An Alexander Technique teacher.
What¹s the strangest experience you¹ve
ever had on the bandstand?
TE: Playing with Yosvany Terry at SJW a few years ago; he came out
the second set and looked puzzled, checked his pockets for like 2 or
minutes, and said “One second.” He then went backstage
and got his
saxophone and chekere. I love that guy!
JL: I fell off the stage once, right as I was introduced. Made for
entrance. I guess that is the strangest experience off the
What¹s your favorite food?
TE: Really, really, really good Indian food.
What¹s the most exotic place you¹ve
traveled to as a musician?
TE: Maybe Anguilla, or Ouro Preto. Or I guess Japan seemed fairly
exotic to me....
What¹s the last book
TE: Haha, no comment....
JL: “Body Awareness” by Frank Pierce Jones.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
TE: John Coltrane or Björk or Wayne Shorter. Because they are
of the biggest genius innovators of music I have ever heard in my life.
JL: Too many to answer.
What¹s your favorite tune?
TE: Can’t narrow it down. Maybe “The Masquerade is Over”
JL: It’s hard to pick just one.
What¹s your favorite thing about
being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
TE: Running into an exponentially growing network of people that have
been positively and permanently affected by SJW, everywhere in the
JL: I get to be around amazing and inspiring musicians of all ages
the best part is that it all happens in a really healthy and lively
What¹s your favorite jazz venue?
TE: The Jazz Standard, NY – or Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern,
JL: The Jazz Standard.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
TE: At the moment, maybe Eric Harland.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have
three recordings with you, what would they be?
TE: Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderly; any album by
master drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose; and Bjork “Homogenic
JL: Jim Hall and Bill Evans “Undercurrent;” Bjork “Vespertine;” and
something by Shostakovich.
How much do you practice each week?
TE: 7-10 Hours. But I have a very broad definition of what it means
JL: At my best, at least a few hours a day.
What hobbies do you have?
TE: Art, Basketball, Football, making R&B / Hip-Hop Tracks.
If you could be any other type of artist other
than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
TE: Rock Artist – they have so much fun when they play...
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances
or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
TE: I was mainly inspired by my sister, who played jazz and rock piano.
I was also exposed to a lot of great music early on in life.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color
would it be and why?
TE: Every color - I am a nut about having an equal representation of
different colors around me - I feel so affected by that!