published Friday, September 14th, 2012

Contemporary pianist Lanz in concert at Lindsay Street Hall

IF YOU GO

What: Whisperings concert featuring David Lanz, Michael Dulin and Joseph Akins.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay St.

Admission: $22 adults, $12 children under 18 through Saturday; $25 adults, $15 children under 18 day of show.

Phone: 755-9111.

Website: www.davidlanz.com.

David Lanz said he never imagined a solo career as a pianist when he was playing keyboards for rock bands. But there were moments in private when he played a "little bittersweet kind of music" and moments in concert where he'd do a little improvisation.

Steve Halpern's "inner peace" music sparked his desire for a sound with a similar mood and tone but with a firmer melody and, in his late 20s, Lanz started composing instrumental pieces he called Zen pop. Later, hearing a record by George Winston made him realize success was possible for a contemporary solo pianist.

More than 30 years later, Lanz, 62, will bring that career to Chattanooga's Lindsay Street Hall on Sunday for a concert with Birmingham, Ala.-area native Michael Dulin and Chattanooga native Joseph Akins.

The Grammy-nominated musician will play an overview of his work, including newly reimagined "Cristofori's Dream," released in 1988, a medley of Beatles tunes that he rewrote and reharmonized in two recent releases, and perhaps even a piece or two from his upcoming Christmas release.

Although his work often is classified as New Age, Lanz said it does have a classical feel "that is not from the dead guys."

His "classical," he said, "is for the modern-day attention span." He learned from the modern masters, he said, how to create a pop song with a good introduction and two verses.

Among those modern masters were The Beatles. Their influence led him to produce "Liverpool: Re-Imagining the Beatles" and "Here Comes the Sun" four years ago.

"Cristofori's Dream" was No. 1 for 27 weeks on Billboard's first adult alternative/New Age chart in 1988. The original release had other musicians in addition to his piano, but his 25th anniversary re-release is done with a solo piano.

"It's still easily recognizable," he said, "but it's a little more personal, a little more intimate. After 25 years, I've played a lot of these pieces a lot. I have allowed myself to have a little deeper experience with the music."

A meet-and-greet will follow the concert.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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