From New York’s Interpretations:
Muhal Richard Abrams
Solo & Ensemble: “Dialogue Social”
Thursday September 26, 2013
8PM at Roulette, in Downtown Brooklyn
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave)
The 25th Season of Interpretations opens with renowned composer, pianist, and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams, presenting “Dialogue Social”: A two-part full evening work fusing mesmerizing compositional structures and social commentary. The first half features Abrams playing solo piano, while the second half features a stellar ensemble including Amirtha Kidambi, Richarda Abrams, Thomas Buckner (voices), Amina Claudine Myers & Joseph Kubera (piano), Tom Hamilton (electronics), Tom Chiu (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello), JD Parran (clarinets), & Warren Smith (percussion).
World-renowned pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter. In 2012 Muhal was named BNY Mellon Jazz 2012 Living Legacy Awardee by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Muhal was the first recipient of the grand international jazz award, “The JazzPar Prize”, which was awarded to him in 1990 by the Danish Jazz Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1999 Muhal was presented a proclamation by Richard M. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago, declaring April 11, 1999 as Muhal Richard Abrams Day in Chicago. The versatile Mr. Abrams and members of The AACM are responsible for some of the most original new music approaches of the last three decades. His 1967 debut, Levels and Degrees of Light on Chicago’s Delmark label, set the course for his own career and that of many of his AACM contemporaries, including Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leo Smith, and Anthony Braxton. Though his music is noted for its vanguard edginess, he nonetheless bridges everything in his playing from boogie-woogie to bebop to free improv, as evidenced by Sightsong and Rejoicing With the Light, both on the Black Saint label. Abrams has been a composer that moves through the classical tradition as well. Novi, his first symphony for orchestra and jazz quartet, has been performed at various festivals, and the Kronos Quartet performed his String Quartet No. 2.