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Tunes I Still Play

by Simon Nabatov



Beginning of 2017 I was invited to play several concerts on the 2nd International Festival of Improvised Music in Taiwan, taking place in November of that year.
The album „Tunes I Still Play“ is a live recording from the gorgeous new National Taichung Theater, from the „Black Box“ to be exact (a smaller hall for chamber music).
This release contains all 11 tunes I played that evening, so essentially it’s a double album.

As the title suggests, I played some tunes I have been playing in solo concerts since two decades, if not longer.
The program includes music of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols, Bill Evans, Brazilian songs, and my own.

While I’ve been mostly performing more „adventuresome“ kinds of music, there is no way I wish to ever sever ties to the repertoire I grew up with, or picked up along the way.

It’s good fun for me to see how, over the years, some essential elements of the interpretations stay, and others mutate, morph, disappear and generally behave in unpredictable ways - which is what improvising is about, I believe…


released January 21, 2018

Simon Nabatov - piano

Recorded live November 11 2017 in the „Black Box“ of the
Taichung National Theater, Taiwan
at the 2nd Taiwan International Improvised Music Festival
organized by Nicole’s Creative Artists Agency Co.,Ltd
Recorded by Guan-Lin Chen

special thanks to Shih-Yang Lee


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Simon Nabatov Cologne, Germany

Simon Nabatov, pianist and composer, was born in Moscow in 1959.
In 1979 he emigrated to the USA, spent in NY next 10 years and 1989 he moved to Germany.
Simon Nabatov played with the "who's who" of the jazz and improvised music community, gave concerts in over 60 countries, appeared on the numerous international festivals, received prizes and documented his music on 30 CD's under his own name.
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