Tag: Edmund Niemann

Edmund Niemann, 1945-2016

Edmund Niemann, the pianist, has died. He was a member of Steve Reich and Musicians. The New York Times said, upon his debut in 1984, that “his playing was technically dazzling, his musicality unquestionable.” I wrote this about Ed, who was my piano teacher when I was younger, thirteen months ago on Facebook: In 1979 or 1980, when I was 12 or 13, I started taking piano lessons on the Upper West Side. I rode the train from Chappaqua to Grand Central, and then took the Shuttle and the Broadway/7th Avenue line (I don’t know what it was called back then) up to 92nd and Broadway. The neighborhood was sketchy; looking back, I’m surprised my parents let me do this on […]