Cecil Taylor at University of Vermont

From University of Vermont:

Visionary avant garde pianist Cecil Taylor, one of the most innovative figures in the free jazz movement, will spend four days in residency at UVM April 14-17, rehearsing student musicians, performing with them, and delivering a talk about his life and music. Taylor will also perform at the Flynn Theater on Friday night. Tickets for members of the UVM community are half price.

An enduring and uncompromising figure of the jazz avant-garde, pianist/composer Taylor is widely acknowledged as one of the three pioneering titans of free jazz, with John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. He is one of the few musicians in any genre to explore the full tonal range of the keyboard, and his ferocious playing and rhythmic acuity are trailblazing. Using piano as percussion, his sheer physicality often finds him addressing the keyboard with open palms, elbows, and forearms, yet he is just as likely to investigate the instrument’s many subtle shadings.

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