Penumbra: All About Jazz (January, 2017)
Settlement Music School Interview (December, 2015)
Lumen: All About Jazz (March, 2015)
Gramophone (September, 2014)
Downbeat Magazine (July, 2014)
NewMusicBox (July, 2014)
Philadelphia Inquirer (March, 2014)
Philadelphia CityPaper (June, 2013)
All About Jazz (February, 2013)
The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine (November, 1999)
Downbeat Magazine (October, 1999)
Cadence Magazine - Representations (1998)
Cadence Magazine - Dialectical Constructs(1998)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (December, 1997)
Boston Phoenix (September, 1997)
What the Experts Say:
"Adam Berenson is what is needed in our over specialized
society-- a true polyartist-- Pianist, Playwright, Composer, Teacher, Humanist,
and a man to get to know because in his smooth, respectful style, Mr. Berenson
has a lot to show and tell us about art, behavior, and the ability to survive
with humor in a harsh and rough time where we have decided art is not of utmost
-David Dubal, Author, The Essential Canon of Classical Music, The Art of the Piano, Evenings With Horowitz, and Professor at the Juilliard School
"I am overwhelmed about [Adam Berenson's] recordings.
Especially [Nothingness]. I hear so much space and liberty in that music, combined
with the finest and most delicate piano technique. This music gets even stronger
the softer it articulates itself. I am very impressed and was deeply moved about
such profound musicianship... I feel very much at home when listening to [Mr.
Berenson's] music. It is beautiful."
-Matthias Pintscher, Composer and Music Director of Ensemble intercontemporain (EIC)
"Lumen is a greatly ambitious and uncompromising collection whose diversity never trips it up. Berenson's cerebral process and understated-but unmistakably-dramatic sense of time and placement bring his vision into sharp relief. From free jazz to classical dance influences, he manages a balance between austere and radical, not playing into the hand of either, but producing something that feels organic. Lumen is an outstanding artistic creation from a limitless composer"
-Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
"[Adam Berenson] is a composer of post-modern vision and staggeringly wide-ranging interests."
-Shaun Brady, Downbeat Magazine
"Adam Berenson is a highly talented musician. His
style is fluid, harmonically advanced, and full of surprises. He has tremendous
technique but more importantly, soul and originality. Few musicians of his age
have found their own voice to the extent that he has."
-Bob Moses, Drummer / Composer and Gramavision recording artist
"I think [Adam Berenson's music is] very innovative and connects genres in an interesting way."
-Steve Hackett, Guitarist and composer
I've sampled [Adam Berenson's] CDs..., and enjoyed them very much. ... A fine body of work.
-Steve Swallow, Bassist/Composer. ECM recording artist.
"I am most impressed by [Adam Berenson's] music.
His titles are as arresting as the music."
-Alex Ross, Music critic for The New Yorker
"[Nothingness] is extraordinary. It was good to
hear that genuinely original (not idiosyncratic) music. It is a very special
composition which, eventually, will be recognized as such by, at least, very
special listeners. Adam Berenson is singular."
-Milton Babbitt, Composer and MacArthur grant recipient
"Adam Berenson knows how to compose, organize an ensemble, do musical research, play solo and trio piano, write for musical journals, and enlist others to his cause. A very fine musician."
-Paul Bley, Pianist / Composer. ECM and hat ART recording artist
"Adam Berenson's music is heady and abstract, to be sure, but it's also warm and inviting-- more Mark Rothko than Joseph Albers. Berenson's spare lyricism is built of oblique melodies toyed with in series of variations... In [the] emaphasis on glacially slow tempos, unresolved tensions, songlike melodies, and intimate interplay, the trio sometimes recall the great Paul Bley trios of the 1960s. But Berenson's music has a hushed urgency all its own "
-Ed Hazell, Jazziz magazine Critic / Co-author of Musichound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide
"Adam Berenson is a composer/pianist with a good, clear, inventive formal sense, and a strong technique. He also has a terrific ear for texture. Dialectical Constructs is a pleasure to hear."
-Lee Hyla, Composer and Nonesuch recording artist
"[Adam Berenson] has something that I don't hear very often. He's got something."
-Cecil Mcbee, Bassist and Palmetto recording artist
"Adam Berenson's delicate and evocative compositions bring freedom and elegance to the jazz piano idiom. That he is inspired by Roosevelt (Eleanor), Beethoven, existentialism, television and the weather tells the listener that Adam Berenson is receiving on all channels, finding moments of connection among the disparate signals of our cultures, and sending a coherent, complex and thoughtful message in response. Much of his music is gentle and etheral, but I am especially fond of the bubbling energy of his "dance of the psychiatrists" and wonder if it is a New Years Eve party in the hospital cafeteria or a minimalist ballet--a pax de dux with Freud and Jung perhaps--that we hear in the halting, interrupted rhythm. It is music to listen to and to think about."
-Maurice Wright, Composer / New World Records recording artist
"Many aspects of [Adam Berenson's] music seemed
appealing to me."
-Valentin Silvestrov, Composer/ ECM recording artist.
"I appreciate [Adam Berenson's] sensitivity and
-Charles Lloyd, Saxophonist and ECM recording artist
"[Adam Berenson's music] is fascinating.
Monk meets Ligeti, etc..."
-Fred Bouchard, Downbeat magazine.
"I can see why [Paul Bley] likes [Berenson's music]...
I like it best when it's... openly lyrical or post-Ornetty."
-Kevin Whitehead, Jazz critic for National Public Radio
"I indeed find [Adam Berenson's] CDs to be painterly.
-Chuck Close, American painter/ member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters