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Jazz Pianist Dan DeChellis Releases CD “Strength and Anger”

Release party to be held on June 7 in Easton

Strength Anger CDBethlehem, Pa., May 22, 2013—Moravian’s artist lecturer in jazz piano, Dan DeChellis will be celebrating the release of his fifth CD “Strength and Anger,” a collection of 17 original tunes. DeChellis is a jazz pianist that has been composing and performing for over 20 years in a variety of settings, from rock to jazz, to improvised music and classical. His CD release party complete with a live performance will be held on Friday, June 7, at 9 p.m. at Two River’s Brewing in Easton, Pa.

The new CD deals with some highly personal and somber issues as well as the celebration of life and love. The Dan DeChellis Trio is composed of Dan DeChellis, piano; Scot Hornick, bass; and Steve Decker, drums.

DeChellis’s music consists of melody, emotion, energy and spontaneous adventure. Born on classic rock, schooled in classical music, matured on jazz, aged with ambient music, he is a fan of all music and styles. He has released over 8 CD’s of purely improvised music on his own label, Sachimay Records. Dan is also a member of the Hassay / DeChellis / Nakatani Trio with whom he has released two CD’s on the German Label, Konnex Records. He is a member of two rock bands, Grey Sky Turn and Four the Day and a professor of music at Moravian College where he directs the Improvised Music Ensemble (MIME).

DeChellis’s music draws from his love of lush harmony and nostalgic melodies. He is an improviser at heart and loves to allow for room in his pieces for the ensemble to explore and create spontaneously. He is also a fan of Talk Talk, Brian Eno and Harold Budd which opened his ears to long tones and big spaces. His trio is a unique ensemble from the standpoint that they perform nearly entirely original music when they perform. Through there instrumentation, they are considered jazz, which is clearly present in their music, yet there is also so much more.

DeChellis combines his love of classic Pop/Rock, Jazz and Modern Classical Music in his writing. He cites influences as wide as Chick Corea, Brian Eno, Bill Evans, Sting, George Winston, Charles Ives and the music of Hindemith and Bach. He has released 6 critically acclaimed cd’s on his own record label, Sachimay Records and has been the recipient of two Meet the Composer Grants, one of which took him to San Francisco as a guest performer/composer at New Langton Arts. His music has been heard on the radio throughout Europe. His live performances include numerous appearances at the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Scullers (Boston), Chris’s Jazz Café, The Improvised & Otherwise Festival (NY) and The Autumn Uprising (Boston). He is currently teaching Piano and Improvisation at Moravian College in Pennsylvania. His current trio is focused on original compositions.

For more information contact Dan DeChellis at 610-438-1552 or dan.dechellis@gmail.com or visit www.dandechellis.com Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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