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MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS PIANO SOLO

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Co-founder of the fifty years old AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music), main theorist of the Great Black Music and mentor of young creative musicians since several decades, Muhal Richard Abrams not only is one of the key figures of Chicago's musical scene (and New York where he settled), but also one of the more secretly influent personality in the history of modern jazz.

His work of great formal ambition, the one of a unique composer, is both abstract and lyrical, and bears the sign of jazz in all its phases as well as 20th century's European avant-garde (Messiaen, the second school of Vienna). More than ten years after his last and unforgettable concert at Sons d'hiver, he's back for a new piano crossing, straight to a world of music.

À LIRE. Interview Muhal Richard Abrams

 
 
 

ANJA LECHNER / FRANÇOIS COUTURIER DUO

"Moderato Cantabile"

FRANÇOIS COUTURIER. piano / ANJA LECHNER. cello

Anja Lechner and François Couturier will take part of this opening night unheralded, with tenderness and discretion. With a dizzying artistic desire, they draw inspiration from a few little known European composers at the crossroads of Western and Eastern cultures: Greek-Armenian philosopher and composer G.I Gurdjieff, Armenian ethnomusicologist and composer Komitas, Catalan composer Federico Monpou. They drag us away in a world of music that is not jazz but cannot breathe without jazz tradition: its need to improvise, to weave between different feelings and sparkling contributions. They will please all free dreamers of live and unclassifiable music with their poetic curiosity that takes the open roads.