Playing outside the lines
“…one of the best jazz pianists alive….his playing inspires something rare in music today, a sense of wonder.” –The New York Times
Before playing a concert, pianist Craig Taborn has been said to listen to his 45,000-song iPod on shuffle. “I like the experience, the change in moods, the feeling of going from a 20-minute composed track to a 30-second blast of metal,” he told The New York Times in 2017. That exciting incongruity is a good indication of what one might experience as an audience member—it is nearly impossible to guess where the experimental jazz artist’s ingenious improvisations will lead. One thing, however, is for sure: Taborn impresses at each creative musical turn. For his Festival debut, Taborn performs solo for two nights, then calls on friends Gerald Cleaver on drums and bassist Chris Lightcap to form a trio.