Marilyn Crispell, a trailblazer of improvised music since the 1970s, opens this extraordinary concert with live-wire solo piano before being joined by Alpert Award-winning keyboardist and creative musicmaker extraordinaire Myra Melford for a set of piano duos.
Crispell is an alumna of the Anthony Braxton Quartet, the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and several other distinguished groups. Melford is one of the most gifted and visionary pianist-composers to emerge from the jazz scene in recent years—an artist of remarkable breadth and thoughtful, expressive sensibility.
The show concludes with the Los Angeles debut of Melford’s newest band, Snowy Egret, featuring trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and dancer Oguri.
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REDCAT is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.