Update 11/26: New video is out! Check it out here!

 
 
 
 
 

New project by old friends

 

They usually play with a bigger band, like Misha's project The Sketchy Orkestra. Over dinner one evening they decided to do something together with lots of freedom and no notes… the result is  as spontaneous as the decision to make it happen. Without deciding on what to play, without any constraints, they proceeded as most jazzmen do by simply calling tunes.

New video is out now!

Misha x Tatum — How Will I Know

"A great hit from the #80s made famous by Whitney Houston — that has never stopped resonating in our ears. This song always brought great joy to listeners from across generations. We wanted to pay a tribute to Whitney by recording this gem in the duo setting." — Misha Enjoy this #new song released by Tatum Greenblatt and Misha Piatigorsky. Subscribe: http://misha.nyc/tatum

Posted by Misha on Saturday, 26 November 2016

"I Hear A Rhapsody" was the first video we released See it directly below.

Misha x Tatum — I Hear A Rhapsody

They usually play with a bigger band, like Misha's project The Sketchy Orkestra. Over dinner one evening they decided to do something together with lots of freedom and no notes… the result is as spontaneous as the decision to make it happen. Without deciding on what to play, without any constraints, they proceeded as most jazzmen do by simply calling tunes. "I Hear A Rhapsody" was one of them.

Posted by Misha on Saturday, 8 October 2016

This duo project is a spontaneous idea.


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What can I say about Tatum?

Humor and self-awareness is the cornerstone of all great musicians. Tatum embodies these qualities. Our friendship started in 2009 when Alex Sipiagin recommened him as an addition to join my Septet. I never looked back.

Why do you like working with him?

Tatum gets it. He understands what it takes to make a melody sexy and dirty. I love him to death. Besides being an incredible musician, always brings with him this particular aura of happiness and intrigue. He lights up a room and makes everyone smile.

Any good stories?

A small anecdote - around 2013 the septet was scheduled to perform at the Zinc Bar. A week prior to the gig I realized that my stay in Ecuador will be extended and that I will not make it back in time for the show. I asked Tatum to take over and he graciously did by adding a pianist to the team to replace me. Little did I know that he also prepared a script about every composition of mine that suggested my history as a spy and political figure in Mother Russia. I believe he still has this written - you must get it from him!


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The Friendship

I've had the great pleasure of working in Misha Piatigorsky's bands since 2009. In that time we have performed together many dozens of times, forming not only a strong professional and musical relationship, but an honest friendship as well. Still, in all those years, we have only collaborated in the circumstances wherein Misha has booked a gig, and called me to play.

The Project

The duo project formed from this backbone; one of deep shared musical experience, and a friendship based on countless gigs and corresponding after-hangs at the respective bars of said performances. The idea was born during a dinner party at Misha's apartment, when we decided to play a couple of tunes together, just for fun. We found immediately that our ability to share the same musical space was intuitive, and lead to expansive and imaginative improvisations that seemed to flow effortlessly. We had to record this!

The Recording

In our next meeting we rolled out the mics, turned on the cameras, and basically just went for it. No rehearsal, no discussion of arrangement or vibe. We just started playing, and let the music take us wherever it would. And this version of I Hear a Rhapsody is the best example of the freedom we found together; I started playing, Misha found a spot to join in, and we let it go.