Pianist Dan DeChellis on vinyl validation, Symphony Hall debut

 The Dan DeChellis Trio performs April 22 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.  (Courtesy Photo)

The Dan DeChellis Trio performs April 22 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. (Courtesy Photo)

Dan DeChellis is aware of the healing power of music.

The keyboardist-pianist plans on bringing that soothing quality this weekend to Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

The Dan DeChellis Trio -- rounded out by bassist Scot Hornick and drummer Tom Papadatos -- will make their Symphony Hall debut on Friday, April 22, as part of the venue's "Jazz Upstairs" series.

The Easton-based group will be performing material from their 2016 release, Moving Mountains. The album was released on CD and on vinyl and made possible through a Kickstarter online crowdfunding campaign.

DeChellis, who also performs with local bands Acoustic Kitty Project and The Now, said during a recent phone interview that putting an album out on vinyl had long been a dream of his. "The truth of it is I'm a huge collector. I have close to 6,000 LPs," he said. "I'm a big proponent of analog recording. There no overdubs. What happens happens."

DeChellis said he surpassed his Kickstarter fundraising goal by about $800. Had he not been a vinyl fan himself, DeChellis said releasing Moving Mountains on multiple formats would not have happened.

The decision to go old-school coincides, DeChellis said, with the resurgence of vinyl among consumers both young and old. DeChellis described listening to an album on a turntable as an experience in and of itself, one that can not be replicated digitally or on CD. "A record should be a snapshot in time, a representation of where you are as an artist.

"The first time I dropped a needle on my record, it was one of the most exciting moments of my life. It was really cool," he said. "For me, it was also very exciting from the standpoint of being someone who grew up with records and love how records are paced. In the end, it wasn't a gimmick but something I thought would spur interest (in the band)."

Moving Mountains is available locally at Used Grooves and Easton Record Exchange in Easton.

Dan DeChellis Trio performs April 22 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Tickets cost $23. Information: millersymphonyhall.org