July 21, 2013 – Jack Goodstein – Blogcritics

Back in the 1950s, jazz musicians, perhaps looking to expand their horizons, perhaps recognizing a new source for quality material to experiment with, turned to the music of Broadway. The result was some very effective music—effective artistically, effective commercially. Jazz artists have always been eager to try new ideas. Creative innovation is what jazz is all about.

So when the piano-sax duo Dyad comes up with an album of jazz interpretations of the music of Giacomo Puccini, and you hear what they’ve done with it, you have to wonder what took them so long. Admittedly, classical music in general and grand opera specifically have not been particularly fertile ground for jazz reinterpretation. There is a track here, a track there, but jazz artists have generally been more interested in developing their own compositions in classical forms. Dyad Plays Puccini is an album that could change all that. Continue reading

Marty Khan – Promotional Publicity – June 09, 2013

It is often said that no musical instrument more perfectly replicates the human voice than the saxophone.  On that note, when operatic soprano Pamela Olsen confided to her husband, pianist Eric Olsen that alto saxophonist Lou Caimano’s playing reminded her of an opera singer, a beautiful concept was born.  And a new adventure began for Dyad, Lou and Eric’s remarkable duo ……. Dyad Plays Puccini. Continue reading

Lou Caimano

Lou Caimano is a saxophonist, composer, educator and administrator, and has been a working member of the Greater New York area musician’s free-lance community since 1981.

Lou is the composer/arranger of numerous jazz fusion, new age and commercial compositions, including CD releases “Manhattan Twilight” and the first “Dyad” collaboration with Eric Olsen. Performance credits include the Broadway orchestras of A Chorus Line, Baby, CATS, Dancin’, David Copperfield, Evita, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Mame, Manhattan Showboat, Woman of the Year and Shrek the Musical; as well as the Saxophonist “Salaire” at Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, Musique Municipal, Orchestre de Harmonie, and the Lansing Symphony. Performed on saxophone with such well-known acts as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Mellow Kings, Gary Burton, Urbie Green, Jimmy Holmes, Arnie Lawrence, John Mahegan, Rita Moreno, Marvin Stamm, Larry Stuart, Enzo Stuarti, Clark Terry, Jerry Vale and Nancy Wilson. He has appeared in the movies “Muppets Take Manhattan” and “The Juror” and has performed on “France Inter,” the French National Radio Station.

Mr. Caimano is currently the director of The Ridgewood Conservatory, a private Fine Arts school in Paramus, NJ that he founded in 1998. He is a Lauret Du Conservatoire De La Region De Bordeaux, France, holds Masters of Music, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University and has studied saxophone with Jean-Marie Londeix and Larry Teal, and improvisation with Phil Woods and Eric Kloss. He is the former Director of Jazz Studies, and Instructor of Saxophone, Flute, Bassoon and Theory at Bemidji State University, Assistant Director of the Improvisation Ensemble and Instructor of Saxophone for Music Educators at Michigan State University and has served as adjunct faculty for the City University of NewYork – QCC.

Eric Olsen

Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor. Since moving to the NY Metropolitan area in 1992, Eric has worked, recorded, or collaborated with classical musicians and Opera singers Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, Margaret Harshaw, Martha Lipton, Kevin Maynor, Steve Oosting, Giorgio Tozzi, and Virginia Zeani; and jazz musicians Pharoan Aklaff, David Baker, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks III, Ed Cherry, Mike Clark, Ratzo Harris, Billy Hart, Tim Horner, John Isley, Steve Johns, Mike Karn, Mike Lee, B.D. Lenz, Eric Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dominic Spera, Eliot Zigmund, and a host of other musicians.  His discography includes classical recordings as a soloist, accompanist and choral music conductor, jazz recordings, and recordings for meditation. He has recorded four albums with Kevin Maynor, including the Grammy nominated Black Art Song in 2000.

Eric Olsen has performed at jazz festivals, in recitals, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern and Weill Halls, at Birdland, and the Knitting Factory, and overseas in France, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Fiji.  Mr. Olsen has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm Variations (including his own jazz cadenza) with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan and the
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, Mr. Olsen is Director of Music and Organist at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Montclair State University and Caldwell College, and a member of the Piano Faculty at the Judith Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Mr. Olsen holds two Master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s with High Distinction in Piano and Organ Performance from Syracuse University.  More information can be found at www.EricOlsenMusic.com.