Recorded at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the album includes original reinventions of songs by Pearl Jam, Janis Joplin, Prince, U2, Bob Dylan, Halestorm, Radiohead, Tori Amos, and more

Listen to the full album here

New York-based pianist/keyboardist and composer Michael Gallant has confirmed a live streamed performance of his recently released new album Rock Rewind on a Steinway. The album, released on the Steinway & Sons record label, features Gallant’s virtuosic interpretations of songs by rock and pop legends such as Pearl Jam, U2, Prince, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and others.

“Late last year, and before any of us knew what 2020 would bring, I played three recording sessions at Steinway Hall in Manhattan,” says Gallant. “The material includes dramatic original reinventions of rock and pop songs that I love, some of which are five decades old, and some of which are new. These aren’t safe arrangements – I made it my goal to filter the raw power of an arena rock act and the nuance of a Dylan acoustic reverie into every track.”

Creating the album was not a standard recording studio experience. “The Steinway team captured these songs via their Spirio player piano system,” Gallant says, referring to the company’s high-resolution instruments that record real-time performances in meticulous detail, and can play them back instantly from the piano itself.

“It was an amazing and surreal experience to play a take and then hear the beautiful nine-foot piano play my performance back, note for note and nuance for nuance, as if I were watching a ghost of myself jam in front of me. In decades of recording, I’ve never experienced anything like it, and hope to record many more projects this way.”  

 

At 1pm EDT on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Gallant will perform and live stream music of Rock Rewind from “Somewhere In New Jersey,” the historic recording studio of renowned producer Tommy West. “This music is highly visceral, highly improvised, and highly tuned to the current moment,” says Gallant. “Especially with so much of the world still turning itself inside out, it’s really going to be something to perform this material live – for listeners on multiple continents – and see what kind of beauty and dirt and intrigue I can squeeze out of it. I hope it can bring people at least some level of happiness or peace. I’m also honored to be performing at this particular studio, which is in a beautiful old barn that dates back to 1790 and has ties to the American Revolution. It just feels appropriate, given the state of ongoing revolution that seems to be stretching across so much of the world.”

Gallant will perform a 40-minute set, which can be streamed for free via Facebook.com/GallantMusic/live  and YouTube.com/GallantMusic.  

Track listing for Rock Rewind on a Steinway
1. Sons & Daughters (The Decemberists)
2. Here’s To Us (Halestorm)
3. Mysterious Ways (U2)
4. Winter (Tori Amos)      
5. Song to the Siren (Tim Buckley)
6. Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin)
7. Light On (Chris Cornell & Brian Howes)
8. Lightning Crashes (Live)
9. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter Pearl Jam)
10. Creep (Radiohead)
11. Breaking the Girl (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
12. When Doves Cry (Prince)
13. Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Nirvana)
14. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)

About Michael Gallant
Michael Gallant is a New York-based pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, writer, and entrepreneur. His credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Preservation Hall, and the White House, as well as contributions to Grammy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated albums. As the leader of the Michael Gallant Trio, he has released two critically acclaimed albums that blend elements of propulsive rock, improvisational jazz, and Romantic harmonies; his 2013 debut Completely earned four stars from DownBeat and was described by the magazine as “infections and captivating.” AllAboutJazz dubbed him “an artist unafraid and bending the tradition,” while WNPR has described him as “Fearless . . .An alchemist/anarchist who blends jazz with gritty grunge rock, classical chops, turbo-powered passages, funky backbeats and sweet, salon-like moods.” In addition to North American touring, pre-pandemic, the Trio performed twice-monthly residency shows at the Tomi Jazz club in midtown Manhattan. With his wife, singer/songwriter Rachel Rossos, Gallant records and produces for New York indie band Aurical and has twice performed with the group to capacity audiences at Lincoln Center. Gallant is a former Senior Editor at Keyboard magazine, where he conducted cover-story interviews with artists including Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, will.i.am, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Phish, and Maroon 5—many of whom he jammed with on the piano mid-interview. As founder and CEO of Gallant Music LLC, Gallant currently writes arts and music-related diplomacy content for the National Endowment for the Arts and American embassies around the world. In 2015, Gallant was commissioned to create improvised music for the major motion picture About Ray, starring Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning. He has also composed soundtracks for children’s cartoon and award-winning indie film projects. Further credits include an orchestral suite for the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial anniversary video with voice over by James Earl Jones and orchestration work for Grammy-winning Indian superstar Ricky Kej. 
Read Gallant’s recent contribution to the National Endowment for the Arts MagazineCreativity in Quarantine: How Music Resounds When Public Life is Silenced

About Steinway & Sons Label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label was founded in 2010 and has produced many phenomenal albums since its inception. Recordings on the STEINWAY & SONS record label can be purchased through Amazon, Apple Music and other fine retailers around the globe. This collaboration under the umbrella of the historic STEINWAY & SONS is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.

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