Sun Apr 26
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
A Weekend with Marilyn Crispell
Marilyn Crispell/Michael Formanek/Eric Kennedy
Sat, April 25 - 8 & 9:30 pm
$25 advance /$28 door /$10 student
Solo Piano Concert
Sun, April 26 - 5 pm
$20 advance /$23 door /$10 student
Two days pass
$40 general /$15 student
One of the finest modern jazz pianists, Marilyn Crispell has recorded some of the "most beautiful piano trio records in recent memory," said Adam Shatz in the New York Times. Crispell came to prominence as a free jazz player and composer early in the 1980s, and over the next 20 years honed her reputation with the Anthony Braxton Quartet and as a leader of her own ensembles. Influenced strongly by the work of jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, Crispell first charted her own course in jazz piano with her up-tempo, percussive improvisations; in the late 1990s she once again broke new ground with a lyrical, introspective improvisational style.
One marker of bassist Michael Formanek's creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he's worked with. The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York's creative jazz scene going back to the '90s when he notably led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne's barnstorming quartet Bloodcount. Nowadays Formanek's in the co-op Thumbscrew with Brooklyn guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Formanek is also a composer and leader of various bands.
Eric Kennedy, a Baltimore native, is a drummer, vocalist, percussionist, educator and composer. Eric continued his arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts studying classical percussion and voice with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke, Donna Di Stefano and the late Dr. Nathan Carter and Ms. Jewel Churn of Frederick Douglass HIgh School. Eric has studied percussion and technique with legendary drummers Edgar Bateman, Johnny Polite, Billy Hart, Leroy Williams, Jamal Wilson and Clayton Cameron, voice with Timothy Shepherd and Odell Wilson and harmony/theory with Dr. Barry Harris.