Anthony Davis Profiled

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Anthony Davis blurs the lines between jazz, opera, world music, the avant-garde and other styles with unique skill and daring. He has been doing so since even before his first opera, the Grammy-nominated “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” premiered at City Opera in New York in 1986. That was about 15 years after he was invited to become the keyboardist in the Grateful Dead. “It’s all music to me,” said Davis, who is now completing his ninth opera and performs here May 2 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall with contrabass great — and fellow UC San Diego music professor — Mark Dresser. Collaborators since the 1970s, when they met while Davis a student at Yale, the two will perform composed and improvised solo pieces and duets.