Location: Floor Five, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries
The performance program for Open Plan: Cecil Taylor continues with a solo percussion tribute by free jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille followed by a trio with Enrico Rava, William Parker, and Cyrille.
About the program
One of Taylor’s most enduring collaborators, Andrew Cyrille is one of the greatest free jazz drummers of his generation. He made his reputation with the Cecil Taylor Unit, which he played with from 1964 to 1975, establishing himself as an innovator. He will pay tribute to Taylor in a solo percussion set before joining Rava and Parker in a trio performance.
Enrico Rava is an internationally-renowned Italian jazz trumpeter who recently recorded a new album, Wild Dance (2015), with his Quartet. Inspired by bebop and avant-garde jazz, he performed with Taylor on his album Cecil Taylor Segments II (Orchestra of Two Continents)–Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants), recorded in 1984 for the Italian label, Soul Note.
William Parker is a legendary double-bassist and composer who has been hugely influential to the New York experimental jazz scene. He gained wide recognition as part of the Cecil Taylor Unit in the 1980s and 1990s, and has appeared on numerous live albums with Taylor including The Eighth (Hat Hut Records, 1986) and Celebrated Blazons (FMP, 1990).
Free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of guaranteed seats are available for advance purchase; tickets include admission to the galleries.
Andrew Cyrille was born in Brooklyn, NY. As well as stuying privately, he attended the Julliard and Hartnett schools of music. He has performed with Jazz artists ranging from Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet and Mary Lou Williams to Kenny Dorham, Muhal Richard Abrams, Horace Tapscott, John Carter, Mal Waldron, and Daavid Murray. In 1964 he formed an association with pianist Cecil Taylor that would last for 11 years. He played drums for many notable dancer-choreographers from the mid to late 1960s.
He was artist-residence teacher at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio from 1971 to 1973. Cyrille has also taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York. He is currently a faculty member at the New School University in New York City. His sterling work has earned him a number of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composers, including a commisison to create a new work for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in 1990. In 1999, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition.
Starting in 1969, Cyrille began to organize the first of several percussion groups, including Dialogue of the Drums, Pieces of Time, and Weights and Measures. Some of the distinguished artists who played in these groups were Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Mye, Michael Carvin, and Obo Addy. Starting in 1988 to the present, he has toured and performed here and abroad with the renowned Russian Percussionist Vladimir Tarasov. In 1975, Cyrill formed a band called Maono (feelings) featuring various instrumental voices determined by his compositions. He is a member of Trio 3 featuring alto saxophinist Oliver Lake and bassist Reggie Workman. Also from time to time he leads another group called Haitian Fascination, playing music inspired by the musical tradition of Haiti. Within the past several years he has been collaborating and working with musicians such as saxophonists Archie Shepp and Joe Lovano, trombonist Roswell Rudd, trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassists Henry Grimes and William Parker, and pianists Dave Burrell and Marilyn Crispell. He continues to record and perform with duo, trio, quartet, quintet and big band formations, notably Andrew Cyrille's 21st Century Big Band Unlimited, cunducted by Mark Masters form the American Jazz Institute.
Enrico Rava is a prolific jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. He originally played trombone, changing to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis. His first commercial work was as a member of Gato Barbieri's Italian quintet in the mid-1960s; in the late 1960s he was a member of Steve Lacy's group. In 1967 Rava moved to New York City, and one month later became a member of the group Gas Mask, a group that had one LP on Tonsil Records in 1970. He has played with artists such as Carla Bley, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Enrico Rava has also played successfully in avant-garde settings. His style may partly recall Kenny Wheeler's in its spareness and lightness of tone, albeit Rava's is harmonically simpler.
In the 1970s and 1980s he worked with Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Richard Galliano, Miroslav Vitouš, Andrea Centazzo, Joe Lovano, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor. With trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Rava recorded a series of four CDs on the influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis (Bix, Pop, Shades of Chet, Play Miles Davis). Also of note are his recordings Rava, L'Opera Va' and Carmen; his own interpretations of operatic arias and overtures. In 2001, he founded a new quintet with pianist Stefano Bollani, and toured with Gato Barbieri and Aldo Romano. In the trio Europeans he is working with German bass-player Eberhard Weber and Swiss percussionist Reto Weber.
William Parker has been a key figure in New York Creative music scene since 1972. He first played with Cecil in 1974 at Carnegie Hall he became a regular member of the Cecil Taylor Unit in December 1980 until 1991. He has played with Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeen, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Sonny Simmons, Jeanne Lee, Jemeel Moondoc, Gunter Hampel, Karl Berger, Dave Burrell, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Charles Gayle, Billy Bang, David S. Ware, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves as well as Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Ernest Dawkins, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.