Legendary pianist and poet Cecil Taylor is one of the greatest improvisers in the history of modern jazz. Since the first performances of his quartet at the Five Spot Café in 1956, he has unflinchingly and tirelessly worked to define a sound that is still light years ahead of its time.
Awarded both Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, Taylor’s playing has been called fierce, constructivist, percussive and experimental. Now well into his 80s, Taylor makes a very rare trip to Los Angeles for this intimate solo concert co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), in conjunction with the exhibition Blues for Smoke, a large-scale thematic project exploring ideas and forms of the Blues in contemporary art that opens at the Geffen Contemporary on October 21.
About the sponsor:
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.