An intimate solo recital of improvisations from the acclaimed album, Piano Sutras
“like a mountain climber and a deep-sea diver, like a person coming to terms with herself and like a history of a music suddenly pounding its way to a conclusion… this is music that frames up a whole history: of an artist, of listeners, of the artists who formed the history of the art form, of the culture and time that allowed this art to flourish.” –PopMatters.com
One of the most distinctive and radically experimental voices in jazz, pianist, composer, and bandleader Matthew Shipp presents an intimate solo recital culled from the stunning masterpieces from his acclaimed 2013 solo album, Piano Sutras, released on Thirsty Ear. Starting with the bold compositions from Sutras, which has been described by The Los Angeles Times as “solo excursions dedicated to constant invention and a restless pursuit of beauty,” Shipp pursues a series of open-ended solo piano improvisations that draws on the innovations and the insights from the past through these sutras, or texts from the languages of jazz, classical, improv, and R&B. And with the singular passion of an enlightened devotee, Shipp leaps into the future with a new universal language.
A leading light of a new generation of jazz giants, Matthew Shipp developed his distinctive voice as pianist and composer as a long-time member of saxophonist David S. Ware’s quartet. Over the years, he has performed alongside the most adventurous musicians, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Joe Morris, Roy Campbell, Gerald Cleaver, Daniel Carter, Ivo Perelman, and Mat Maneri, and collaborated with creative visionaries in hip-hop and electronic music, such as DJ Spooky, Beans/Antipop Consortium, and El-P. In the 1990s Shipp recorded a number of highly-regarded chamber jazz albums on the Hatology label. In 2000, Shipp assumed the position of artistic director of “The Blue Series” a jazz-focused imprint on Thirsty Ear Records. Since 2011, Shipp has been collaborating with avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Januszkiewicz on a film, The Composer with Matthew Shipp/Barb Januszkiewicz. matthewshipp.com
It was always here. Its vast terrors concealed By this costume party Of flowers and birds And children playing in the garden.
So begins Charles Simic’s series of eleven poems on the theme of ‘The Invisible’, taking us on an evocative journey that mixes mystery, metaphor and memory and that blurs humour with existential trepidation.
The song cycle, which is by British composer Pete M Wyer, brings together an extraordinary improvising collective of baritone, Tom Buckner, pianist, Matthew Shipp, shakuhachi player, Ralph Samuelson, guitarist and electronics performer, Pete M Wyer and percussionist, Kevin Norton, combining their disparate practises to create a unique aural voyage into the semi non-existent world of The Invisible.
Pete M Wyer is a UK based composer and performer. His operatic/music theatre works include ’Cremenville’, ‘Numinous City’ and ’57 Hours In The House Of Culture’. An album, Stories From The City At Night was released by Thirsty Ear in 2008. His hour-long collaboration with poet Steve Dalachinsky, ‘Insomnia Poems’ was selected for ‘Best of 2009’ by BBC Radio 3. He has created works for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and many others and is the recipient of a number of international fellowships and awards.
Matthew Shipp’s new solo piano cd “4D” is the complete synthesis and culmination of all of his past Thirsty Ear releases, with the added wrinkle of standards reinterpreted as only he could muster, while combining his own brand of composition to the mix. Matt’s musical language, having been refined and mutated as has his career has continued to grow at exponential rates, allowing Mr. Shipp to fully explore the hidden aspects of jazz. Critics have called it “…an excellent record” – (New York Times) and ” His best solo effort yet, 4D. The pieces bristle with powerful dynamic shifts and brilliant uses of space and silence.” (- Chicago Reader). About the musician Village Voice proclaims: “The pianist digs deep,often bringing a molten motion to his work — it’s thick with ideas. On the upcoming 4d,you can hear this deliberate approach unfold; every left hand depth charge and right hand squiggle justifies their existence.”
Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.
Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear’s “Blue Series” and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted.
"Brown's lines are long and busy, coarsely vocal and raggedy - ended... Shipp has a percussive approach to the ivories, but keeps the fabric of his improvisations relatively lean". Brown and Shipp have worked together for more than ten years, yet this will be their second appearance in the last five. Their duets will be both ferocious and delicate. "
Stunning pianist, Matt Shipp with longtime bassmate, William Parker performs scintillating duos. They have a much acclaimed release on Rise records entitled "Zo". "...Shipp's now thundering, now lyrical sound is lit from within, ....it beckons..." Daily News, 1994.