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Pianist Dan DeChillis to Bring Spontaneous Beauty to Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., September 25, 2009—Moravian College will host “An Evening of Spontaneous Beauty” on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall.  The concert will feature Dan DeChellis on piano, Gary Hassay on saxophone and Tatsuya Nakatani on percussion.

The DeChellis – Hassay – Nakatani Trio is the result of an inevitable meeting of the three improvisers in Lehigh Valley by way of Boston and New York.  They perform purely improvised music that draws from everything and nothing all at the same time.  Each has very distinct voices and styles, yet allow each other to wrestle themselves into unfamiliar territory, creating spontaneous works of music that excite and inspire any audience.  They are intense and bombastic at once and suddenly hushed and delicate the next.  Their years of collective improvising experience has allowed them to develop the ability to ‘turn on a dime’ at any given moment.  This is a concert that should be experienced with open minds and open ears.  The Trio’s CD, Beauty, is on sale now.

DeChellis gained critical praise for his debut solo album in 1996 and has since released five more CDs.  He grew up in Whitehouse Station, N.J. and has been studying the piano since he was five years old.  He received his master’s degree in classical piano from Duquesne University and later spent time at the New England Conservatory.

Gary Hassay has been performing with various groups, both as a leader and sideman, since 1979. He has since expanded into interdisciplinary performances and released multiple CDs in styles ranging from jazz to Tibetan style throat singing. Hassay is president and a founding member of improvisationalmusicco, inc. (improvco), a not-for-profit corporation based in Allentown, Pa.

Tatsuya Nakatani, originally from Osaka, Japan, has released nearly 50 CD recordings in the past ten years.  He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques, and also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pa.

Tickets for the concert are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students.  Peter Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus near Church and Main Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/.   Tickets may be purchased at the door just prior to the performance.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.