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June 8, 1956 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
The son of Burton Caine, a professor at Temple Law School, Caine began playing piano at seven and studied with French jazz pianist Bernard Peiffer at 12. He later studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he came under the tutelage of George Crumb. He also gained a greater familiarity with classical music in this period and worked at clubs in Philadelphia.
Caine played professionally after 1981, and by 1985 had his recording debut with the Rochester-Gerald Veasley band. In the 1980s, he moved to New York City, where he continues to live. His solo recording debut was in 1992. He also appeared on a klezmer album (Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz, 1993) and other recordings with modern jazz musicians Don Byron and Dave Douglas, among many others.
In 2009, Uri Caine was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album. His work "The Othello Syndrome" re-imagined the Verdi opera Otello as a modern piece featuring soul singer Bunny Sigler.
Caine, who has recorded 16 albums, is celebrated for his eclectic and inventive interpretations of the classical repertoire. His 1997 jazz tribute to Gustav Mahler received an award from the German Mahler Society, while outraging some jury members. Caine has also reworked Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, as well as music by Wagner, Schumann and Mozart.
The Bedrock Project and other collaborations
In 2001, he teamed up with drummer Zach Danziger to conceive an original project fusing live jungle and drum 'n' bass beats with fusion jazz called "Uri Caine Bedrock 3". They have toured worldwide, including with the New York-based DJ Olive.
Also in 2001, he released with Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drummer with internationally acclaimed hip hop band The Roots) and Christian McBride an eclectic album called The Philadelphia Experiment which contains jazz, funk, instrumental hip hop and jazz fusion. This album was produced by Aaron Levinson and features collaborations such as Pat Martino on guitar and Jon Swana on trumpet.
In 2005, Caine was named Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra through the 2008–2009 season.
In 2013, Caine was named Composer-in-Residence at Mannes College for the 2013–2014 academic year.
- Sphere Music (JMT, 1992)
- Toys (JMT, 1995)
- Urlicht / Primal Light (Winter & Winter, 1997)
- Wagner e Venezia (Winter & Winter, 1997)
- Blue Wail (Winter & Winter, 1999)
- The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley (Winter & Winter, 1999)
- Gustav Mahler in Toblach (Winter & Winter, 1999)
- Love Fugue: Robert Schumann (Winter & Winter, 2000)
- The Goldberg Variations (Winter & Winter, 2000)
- The Philadelphia Experiment (Ropeadope, 2001) with Questlove and Christian McBride
- Bedrock 3 (Winter & Winter, 2001) - with Tim Lefebvre and Zach Danziger
- Solitaire (Winter & Winter, 2001)
- Rio (Winter & Winter, 2001)
- Diabelli Variations (Winter & Winter, 2002) with Concerto Köln
- Gustav Mahler: Dark Flame (Winter & Winter, 2003)
- Live at the Village Vanguard (Winter & Winter, 2004)
- Shelf-Life (Winter & Winter, 2005) - with Bedrock (Tim Lefebvre and Zach Danziger)
- Things (Blue Note, 2006) - with Paolo Fresu
- Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart (Winter & Winter, 2006)
- Moloch: Book of Angels Volume 6 (Tzadik, 2006) - composed by John Zorn
- The Classical Variations (Winter & Winter, 2007)
- Pure Affection (Alessa, 2007) - with Gust Tsilis
- The Othello Syndrome (Winter & Winter, 2008)
- Secrets (Tzadik, 2009) - with Mark Feldman, Greg Cohen and Joey Baron
- Think (Blue Note, 2009) - with Paolo Fresu & Alborada String Quartet
- Plastic Temptation (Winter & Winter, 2009) - with Bedrock (Tim Lefebvre and Zach Danziger)
- Twelve Caprices (Winter & Winter, 2010) - with Arditti String Quartet
- Siren (Winter & Winter, 2011)
- Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Forma Antiqva with Uri Caine and Theo Bleckmann (Winter & Winter, 2012)
- Sonic Boom (816, 2012) - with Han Bennink
- Rhapsody in Blue (Winter & Winter, 2013)
- Callithump (Winter & Winter, 2014)
- Present Joys (Greenleaf, 2014) - with Dave Douglas
With Dave Douglas
- In Our Lifetime (New World, 1995)
- Stargazer (Arabesque, 1997)
- Soul on Soul (RCA, 2000)
- The Infinite (RCA, 2001)
- Strange Liberation (Bluebird, 2004)
- Meaning and Mystery (Greenleaf, 2006)
- Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf, 2006)
With Frank London
- Nigunim (Tzadik, 1998)
- Keter (Knitting Factory, 1999)
With John Zorn
- Voices in the Wilderness (Tzadik, 2003)
- Moloch: Book of Angels Volume 6 (Tzadik, 2006)
- Filmworks XXI: Belle de Nature/The New Rijksmuseum (Tzadik, 2008)
- Stolas: Book of Angels Volume 12 (Tzadik, 2009) - Masada Quintet featuring Joe Lovano
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- "Archivio". Archivio.lastampa.it. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
-  Archived November 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Jazz Pianist and Composer". Uri Caine. Retrieved 2014-07-23.