Cecil Taylor will kick off “Open Plan: Cecil Taylor,” which will include concerts, listening sessions, archival videos and more, with a performance on April 14. Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
Cecil Taylor is the latest jazz great to take over a museum space. The Whitney Museum of American Art will turn over its fifth floor to his work next month for a 10-day retrospective, “Open Plan: Cecil Taylor,” that will include concerts, listening sessions, archival videos, scores and poetry. Mr. Taylor will kick things off with a mixed music and dance performance with Min Tanaka and Tony Oxley on April 14.
Mr. Taylor, now 87, is primarily known for avant-garde jazz piano but has explored various forms of art throughout his career. The curators Jay Sanders and Lawrence Kumpf wanted the exhibition to reflect all of those interests and show how they play off one another. “We wanted to create a format that celebrates the full breadth of his practice, which is pretty vast and hard to trace,” Mr. Sanders said.
Scheduled performances include the cellist Tristan Honsinger (April 15); the drummer Andrew Cyrille (April 16); the poet Steve Dalachinsky (April 21); Adrienne Kennedy’s one-act play “A Rat’s Mass,” which Mr. Taylor revived in an operatic version in 1976, directed by Hilton Als (April 21); and the saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc (April 22). There will also be documentary screenings of films related to Mr. Taylor, listening sessions of his albums hosted by jazz scholars, and various ephemera.
Mr. Taylor has an extensive history with the Whitney: He played there three times in the 1960s and ’70s. When the Whitney’s new building was under construction Mr. Taylor took a hard-hat tour. According to Mr. Sanders, Mr. Taylor often practices on a baby grand piano in the museum’s trustee room.
It is unclear whether Mr. Taylor will appear at the exhibition, which runs April 15-24, after the opening concert. “He works live, so things can switch in the moment,” Mr. Sanders said. More information can be found at whitney.org/Exhibitions/OpenPlanCecilTaylor.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE ON THIS MAILING LIST PLEASE RESPOND WITH ‘REMOVE’ IN THE SUBJECT LINE. IF YOU ARE RECEIVING DUPLICATE EMAILS OUR APOLOGIES, JAZZ PROMO SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT LIST IS GROWING LARGER EVERY DAY…..PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL FIX IT IMMEDIATELY!
He has helped me with everything from advertising gigs, setting up ads, contact information, contacting labels and media, producing my own CDs, distribution, and other invaluable advice. His passion for what he does helps keep me on a positive attitude when the business side of things seems bleak at times.
I am quite sure I would not have been able to achieve the success that I have over the last 13 years if it wasn’t for the expertise, hard work, and guidance of Jim Eigo and Jazz Promo Services.