Cool-toned conversations and musical reflection
There is something about the Simons Center Recital Hall that makes it an ideal venue for Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner. Maybe it’s the space’s intimate scale, which draws you in to listen and watch, with up-close clarity, as a conversation unfolds between Turner’s “delicate, almost ethereal” (The Guardian) tenor saxophone and Iverson’s impressionistic pianism. Theirs is a dialogue grounded in wide-ranging experiences—including Iverson’s 17-year history as a founding member of The Bad Plus and Turner’s collaborations with such jazz greats as Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, and Joshua Redman. Together, Turner and Iverson conjure a chamber-like atmosphere—sometimes meditative, other times charged—in which their cool-toned intricacies and mindful exchanges thrive.