Every part of the process creating 'Coming Home' with Justin was magical... I'm hyped that people will get to journey into the mind of a truly unique artist and sonic storyteller."
I'm SO proud of Justin for creating this absolutely stunning Christmas album as a representation of his journey to find peace in any situation he encounters superb….
...Justin Kauflin favors a clarity of touch and ideas...His writing is also balanced, tempering post-bop intricacies with the assurances of the gospel church
-New York Times
...Kauflin has immediately established himself as a stellar jazz player, composer, leader & producer...He has a touch and imagination that is immensely appealing..."
...Kauflin's playing is not just precise technically but absolutely crystalline in execution, and he holds nothing back intellectually.
-Jazz in Europe
COMING HOME 2018
Ever since losing my sight completely, the way in which I experience my surroundings has been quite unique. Instead of everything going black, what I see in my mind's eye is extremely colorful and textured. Every moment is filled with an almost psychedelic swirl of blues, greens, reds, purples and gold against an expansive, seemingly endless backdrop of blacks and grays. When I set out to write music for this project, my goal was to "paint" a picture with sound. It's my attempt at reverse engineering my visual experience into a sonic pallet, where the instruments and timbres are the different colored paints. The title "Coming Home" deals with the many ways I've experienced "home" globally, and the compositions serve to illuminate the various emotions attached to each unique location. -JK
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SILENT NIGHT 2017
Two aspects of my life took center stage when I lost my sight: My Catholic faith and music. Any time I've felt the need to pray, my first instinct has been to sit at the piano. I've never been great with words, so music has allowed me to simply be with God and present my prayers more purely. One wonderful gift of music is that it allows all of us to take a break and reflect on the things that are most important. This little Christmas project is an invitation to join me in a moment of prayer and meditation. It is a collection of improvisations and arrangements centered on Christ, and I sincerely hope it can bring a bit of peace and respite to those kind enough to listen -JK
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When first conceptualizing this project, I realized there was so much for which I am extremely grateful. It was then that I decided to dedicate this album to all the people who gave of themselves selflessly in order to help me along this journey. First and foremost, this album is dedicated to God. He is at the center and source of the music I create. I'm truly grateful for my incredible family and friends. I am who I am, and where I am because of their love and support. As a perpetual student, I have so many wonderful teachers for whom I am incredibly grateful & I will be eternally grateful for every second I was able to spend with the great Mulgrew Miller and his gentle and humble spirit. And, Cee Tee, thank you for sharing your beauty and joy with the world. -JK
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INTRODUCING JUSTIN KAUFLIN 2010
Self-produced debut album
"testament to his remarkable artistry, wisdom and faith. His sense of faith in himself, the power of music, as well as in God shines through on every track. So does his deep sense of humility & abundant passion for life" by Tom Robotham, VEER
"The young pianist has a touch that can only be characterized as 'sparkling', and he takes a rhythmic approach that pushes boundaries yet remains wholly coherent and accessible at all times" by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
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“Young US pianist Justin Kauflin and Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek share the neurological condition known as synesthesia, in which the senses become mixed. For the two musicians, this means experiencing sounds as colors with their minds' eyes. They met in Copenhagen for the first time in 2015. Fonnesbaek recalls, "Besides being a meeting between Justin and myself, it was a meeting of cultures with many similarities and many inspiring differences that we could express through sound in the universal language of music. We quickly discovered that we also shared synesthesia, so that wound up being the title of the album." What the bassist reverently calls "a most treasured musical experience" was recorded over the course of two days. -Jazz in Europe
CHRISTMAS CANDY EP 2019
As this is my first Christmas away from Candy girl, who is living full-time with my parents in VA, I wanted to dedicate this to her. It's a few Christmas Classics in the solo piano format, but the thing I’m most proud of is the artwork so wonderfully done by my Goddaughter, Zoe (at age 5)! -JK