Sat 3 Dec 2011, The Coach House, American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath
A sold out solo piano concert by leading American free-jazz pioneer Matthew Shipp; one of the most respected and influential musicians of his generation. First achieving notoriety in the 1980s, Shipp has become known as a prolific performer, recording artist, curator and musical iconoclast. Beginning in the classical tradition, Shipp quickly migrated to jazz. He played in ensembles of leading figures such as David S. Ware and Roscoe Mitchell (Note Factory). Later, he established himself as a key figure in the avant-garde. All of these streams of musical practice and influence manifest themselves in Shipp’s virtuoso improvised performances.
“One of the most daring and original pianists in jazz.”
“A breaker of limitations in jazz via his dogged reinvention of the tradition…”
“Helping to make jazz vibrant and cool again…”