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Sunday, October 9, 2016 4:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall


Duopoly—Original Compositions and Improvisations for Two Pianos

Kris Davis and Craig Taborn

Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to Jazz Times. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” 

To date, Davis has released nine recordings as leader, with her tenth, Duopoly, to be released in 2016.  These records include two solo piano albums: Massive Threads and Aeriol Piano; An octet project, Infrasound: Save Your Breath, two trio albums: Waiting For You To Grow and Good Citizen; a quintet project: Capricorn Climber; and three quartet recordings: Rye Eclipse, The Slightest Shift and Lifespan.  These albums can be found on the ‘Best of’ lists in the New York Times, Downbeat, Jazztimes, NPR and the Jazz Record.  As a collaborator, Davis is known for her ongoing work with the trio Paradoxical Frog with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and as the arranger for saxophonist Tony Malaby’s nonet project Novela.  As a sideperson, Davis can be heard with such artists as Eric Revis’s trio, City of Asylum with Andrew Cyrille, Kermit Driscoll’s Reveille, Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-house and Tom Rainey’s standards record, Obbligato.  Davis was selected by Downbeat as one of 25 artists to watch of 2016.  She received a Doris Duke Impact award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from the Shifting Foundation, The Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Craig Taborn

Composer/Pianist/Electronic Musician Craig Taborn was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  While studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to work in the illustrious Detroit jazz community performing and studying with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, Kenn Cox, and Francisco Mora Catlett.

“Taborn’s penchant for sustaining creative fluency through a 360-degree span of stylistic taxonomies, in contexts “inside” and “outside”, acoustic or electronic, makes him a singular figure among improvisers of his generation” –Downbeat Magazine

He has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Holland, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Evan Parker, Steve Coleman,  Vijay Iyer, David Torn, Chris Potter, Nicole Mitchell, and Carl Craig among others.

Taborn currently creates work for both solo piano and solo electronics as well as composing for larger ensembles.

He is a Doris Duke Artist, a Civitella Ranieri fellow, a Shifting Foundation fellow and currently records for ECM Records. He lives in Brooklyn. 

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