Denny Zeitlin

Pianist/composer/psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin will make his second appearance at the Old Siskiyou Barn when the Siskiyou Institute hosts a concert and workshop with the jazz musician. The solo piano concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland.

Zeitlin has recorded over 30 albums; twice won first place in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll; written original music for Sesame Street; and appeared on network TV, including repeats on "The Tonight Show" and "CBS Sunday Morning". He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, at colleges, jazz clubs and major festivals; appearing with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, David Grisman, Kronos Quartet and many others.

Zeitlin is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His first series of records appeared on Columbia in the mid and late '60s. Zeitlin then withdrew from public appearances for several years in order to develop a pioneering integration of jazz, electronics, classical, and rock. This music emerged in the early '70s with multiple recordings, culminating in the 1978 electronic-acoustic symphonic score for "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Subsequently he returned to a primary focus on acoustic music in a multitude of settings, with continued composing, recording, and international touring.

"Denny Zeitlin stretches jazz piano beyond any hitherto defined limits" the San Diego Union wrote.

Zeitlin will present a lecture/demonstration, "Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at The Old Siskiyou Barn. In his lecture, Zeitlin uses jazz improvisation as a model to explore the artist's challenge to create and integrate.

Tickets for the concerts are $20 and $15 for students. Cost for the lecture is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and teachers.For reservations, e-mail or call 488-3869.

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