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
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)
this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)
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
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, live, Washington, D.C., 10/3/16
Musicians wrestle everywhere –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)
tonight in Chicago
They’ll be playing, together, at Constellation.
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, “Fox Fire” (Duopoly), 2016
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
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)
Open Minds: Chris Potter Underground (with CP, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Craig Taborn, keyboards; Adam Rogers, guitar; Nate Smith, drums), 2012
Music documentaries can go wrong in so many ways. Too much talk. Talk that reminds you, repeatedly, why musicians aren’t paid to speak. Mediocre sound. This one, which I bumped into yesterday, seems to avoid them all.