“The trio made a remarkable demonstrations of why Canadian Jazz is truly world class”
–Scott McCook – First Secretary Public Affairs, Embassy of Canada in Mexico
“Steve Koven brings to the stage, a contagious passion for jazz that has made him one of the finest performers in the biz”
— Montreal International Jazz Festival – press release 2009
“Koven can create a piece out of thin air in the time it takes for him to play it. He can be as experimental as John Cage, as impressionistic as Claude Debussy, or as bluesy as Fats Waller. The common denominators are superb technique and a fresh approach to the music.”
–Amanda Putz – CBC radio
The Steve Koven Trio represents the healthy future of jazz.” – Rolling Stone Magazine (Asia)
“The Steve Koven Trio’s version of All The Things You Are is one of the most thoughtful renditions I have ever heard”
— Ross Porter, Jazz FM
“…before [Nancy Wilson] took the stage there was time and space for a great Canadian talent, pianist Steve Koven. This group lit the place up, it was a memorable, remarkable performance”
— Al Peabody, Barbados Press
“The Steve Koven Trio has an uncanny ability to connect with an audience in a way the others do not.”
— Jacques Edmond, Ottawa International Jazz Festival
THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS AUGUST 16, 2018
New jazz album was forged in grief ‘Music is a powerful tool to tap into memories and emotions.’
Three months after his mother died, music began to bubble up inside jazz pianist Steve Koven. He composed some new songs that were born out of grief and his happy memories of his mom.
He recorded the songs on his latest album, The Koven Collective, following up on the 12 albums he’s released since 1997. A powerful collection of songs, The Koven Collective balances between light and dark, glimmers of joy contrasting with moments of devastating sadness. Koven has created a fresh sound for this beautiful album, which he recorded with two of his students from York University and other special guests.
Established in 1993, the Steve Koven Trio is a well-respected, internationally renowned Toronto-based jazz trio. This new release reinforces their professionalism, musicality and improvisational skills as pianist/composer Steve Koven, bassist Rob Clutton and drummer Anthony Michelli perform Koven’s compositions with precision, drive and the overwhelming sense of delight that comes from playing together for a very long time.
The title track, Beyond the C, is an upbeat playful jazz tune with a bouncing groove. The almost-stadium-anthem sing-along quality of the two tracks Brooklyn and Bathsheba form a solid backdrop to Koven’s improvisational stylings. The Learned is a more lyrical work embellished with piano runs and trills, and a surprisingly dense virtuosic drum part by Michelli which builds excitement until the final gentle chord. Cymbal washes and broken-chord-flavoured lines evoke programmatic sonic images in Mist-ic. More programmatic touches in Swamp Water Bullfrog as Clutton’s brilliant colourful bass playing resonates with rhythmic and melodic expertise. The closing waltz-like Moments is a reflective lyrical treat.
Koven and Michelli are also producers here, along with co-producer Roman Klun, so it comes as no surprise that all the trio’s group and individual musical nuances, idiosyncrasies and teamwork are captured in the recording. Check out the cover design by Hugh Syme with smart touches of the sea and birds flying in C-formation.
Listen and enjoy the Steve Koven Trio here as they play every note beyond and including the C!
The Steve Koven Trio went into His House-Innsbruck Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., last May to record its 10th CD, Beyond the C, which was recently released world wide.
On the second of a three night residency at the Jazz Bistro, I saw the Steve Koven Trio, which has had the distinct pleasure of being together as a unit for 23 years recording, performing, and touring as a well oiled unit. It is one thing to hear them on CD. It is another thing to hear them live because the trio maintains an infectious energy that carries among each other and to its audience whenever they play.
“Solo Retrospective” is a moving musical journey which brings concise beauty into each performance and leaves the listener craving for more upon listening.
‘Steve Koven takes us on a musical journey on Solo Retrospective, his 10th release and debut solo CD. Sometimes to a very specific place’. (Read More on Press Page)
Susan Minuk –Toronto Star
Most instrumentalists like horn players, bassists, guitarists and drummers have the advantage of being able to play their own instrument while performing live or recording in a studio. Pianists however, have a disadvantage in this area.
‘Steve Koven takes us on a musical journey on Solo Retrospective, his 10th release and debut solo CD. Sometimes to a very specific place’. Susan Minuk – Toronto Star
World famous jazz musician Steve Koven holds concert and master class in Grand Bahama
Piano virtuoso Steve Koven is the local jazz scene’s unsung hero. Though better known in far-flung jazz-crazy places like Japan, Koven and his trio – Rob Clutton on bass and Anthony Michelli on drums – remain a Toronto staple.
Pianist Steve Koven is a crisp modern stylist, an ebullient musician who can move handily from infectious Latin jazz to probing ballads and complex three-way dialogues with the members of his long-standing trio.
Steve Koven performs concert at Frank Collymore Hall.
It’s all about to come full circle for the Steve Koven Trio. The jazz group is celebrating its 20th anniversary with special performances in May at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto, the site of the group’s debut album.
“He’s performed in three continents in one year, visiting countries such as Japan, Colombia and the Bahamas. But for jazz musician Steve Koven, there’s nowhere quite like home sweet home…
“In June, Canadian jazz pianist Steve Koven (BFA ’87) will cross the convocation stage to receive his master’s degree in music composition. It’s been a journey that has taken him to concert stages around the world and back to the classroom, and along the way he discovered his purpose…
“It is not very often that I randomly come across a virtuoso, world-renowned experimental musician…
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