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Abstract improvisations left me unmoved
on April 22, 2016
This pianist / composer, recently appointed to a chair in music at Harvard, and a former PhD. physicist, has been greatly hyped for his free-form music and collaborations. I recently heard him perform with the poet/author Teju Cole, a woman bassist and woman marimbist, at the Met Breuer's opening in Manhattan. For me, a classic jazz and blues fan, there is not enough melody and an oversupply of intellectual theorization in his music -- very abstract, though some passages in the live concert, especially interaction between bass and marimba, were lovely. "Historicity" left me cold, I fear.