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Tag: Craig Taborn

Tuesday, August 27th

sounds of New York

Craig Taborn (piano, electronics), Cory Smythe (piano, electronics), “X’s and Y’s,” live, New York, 2018




reading table


oh he got a shoe from the waves

—Robert Grenier (1941-), A Day at the Beach (1984)

Wednesday, August 22nd

this weekend in Chicago

Saturday night he’s playing at Constellation.

Craig Taborn, piano

Live, Macedonia (Skopje), 2015



Live (playing and talking), Belgium (Antwerp), 2016


Monday, June 26th

what’s new

Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Thursday, February 9th

what’s new

Craig Taborn, Daylight Ghosts, 2017

The other day I bumped into this guy in New York, at The Guggenheim, where we were both seeing the Agnes Martin exhibit. We talked for a moment—I told him how much I like his music. Then our eyes went back to the paintings.



art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Happy Holiday, 1999

Agnes Martin Happy Holiday, 1999 Acrylic and graphite on canvas 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm) Pace#31903 AM Catalogue #1999.025 Date of photography: Format of original photography: 8x10 transparency

Thursday, October 6th


Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, live, Washington, D.C., 10/3/16



musical thoughts

Musicians wrestle everywhere –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)

Wednesday, October 5th

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing, together, at Constellation.

Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, “Fox Fire” (Duopoly), 2016




musical thoughts

Is not all music, even the most niggardly, beautiful to the person who loves the very being and existence of music?

—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “The Walk” (translated from German by Christopher Middleton and Susan Bernofsky)

Thursday, September 22nd

sounds of New York

As funky as it is abstract, as abstract as it is funky—like life itself.

Farmers by Nature (Craig Taborn, piano; William Parker, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums), live, Paris, 2011



art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Stuart Davis (1892-1964), Landscape with Garage Lights, 1931-32 (Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, through 9/25/16)



Friday, April 8th

sounds of New York

Some of the most kinetic, exciting, enlivening sounds I’ve heard in a while.

Farmers by Nature (Craig Taborn, piano; William Parker, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums), live, New York, 4/4/16



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Martin Puryear, Maquette for Bearing Witness (1994) (Multiple Dimensions, through May 1st)



Wednesday, February 24th

tonight in (snowy) Chicago

They’ll be playing at Constellation.

Ches Smith (percussion), Mat Maneri (viola), Craig Taborn (piano), “Wacken Open Air,” live, Copenhagen, 1/19/16


“I Think”



random thoughts

Looking for pointers on patience? Here’s what MCOTD recommends: a bicycle accident and hip fracture. That will, I guarantee, change your whole outlook—pronto.

Tuesday, November 10th

One-word review: Wow!

Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections (NM, flute; David Boykin, tenor saxophone; Craig Taborn, piano; Chad Taylor, drums), live, New York, 2014



art beat: Sunday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), An Icy Night, New York, 1898 (Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century, through 3/27/16)


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