[INTERPRETATIONS] Muhal Richard Abrams Solo & Ensemble

Thursday, September 26, 2013. 8:00 pm

The 25th Season of Interpretations opens with renowned composer, pianist, and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams presenting Dialogue Social: A two-part full evening work fusing mesmerizing compositional structures and social commentary. The first half features Abrams playing solo piano, while the second half features a stellar ensemble including Amirtha Kidambi, Richarda Abrams, Tom Buckner (voices), Amina Claudine Myers and Joe Kubera (piano), Tom Hamilton (electronics), Tom Chiu (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello), JD Parran (clarinets), and Warren Smith (percussions).

In Abrams’ singular universe, elemental blues themes and warp speed post-bop structures with challenging intervals coexist comfortably with fully-scored symphonic works, string quartets, saxophone quartets, solo and duo piano music and speech-sound collage structures.” –All About Jazz

World-renowned pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for half a century. A co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Abrams rich musical career began in 1962 in his native city of Chicago with the Experimental Band, from which emerged the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In 1975, Abrams moved to New York permanently, and in 1983, he established the New York chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. His musical affiliations is a “who’s who” of the jazz world: Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, George Lewis, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Eddie Harris and many others. Abrams’ catalogue of recordings includes recordings on Mutable Music, Delmark, Arista Novus, Pi Recordings, and Black Saint Records.

Upcoming Interpretations Series at Roulette

Thursday, October 17
Gene Coleman & Ensemble N_JP // Momenta string quartet plays Yusef Lateef, Arthur Kampela, Gordon Beeferman, & Adam Rudolph.

Thursday November 14
Anne LeBaron // Ross Bolleter: The Well Weathered Piano

Thursday, December 12
James Ilgenfritz plays Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Annie Gosfield & JG Thirlwell // Reineir Van Houdt plays Walter Marchetti