Jason Moran

Sunday, November 27, 2022, 3 pm, Offsite

Event Details
Sunday, November 27, 2022, 3 pm

Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue
New York, New York

Registration details to be announced.

In conjunction with Leslie Hewitt at Dia Bridgehampton, Jason Moran will present a solo piano interpretation of a score realized collaboratively by Hewitt and Jamal Cyrus titled For Solo Piano, Alto Saxophone, or Tambourine (This Score May Be Realized in Any Imaginative Way, or in conjunction with or in response to the recording of the song Evidence (Justice) 00:07:55 on the album Monk in Tokyo, Columbia Records (1963) with Thelonious Monk on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Butch Warren on bass, and Frankie Dunlap on drums or Evidence 00:04:41 on the album Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Records (1957) with Thelonious Monk on piano, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Ahamed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums or Evidence 00:05:00 on the album Evidence, New Jazz (1962) with Steve Lacy on soprano saxophone, Don Cherry on trumpet; Carl Brown on Bass, and Billie Higgins (Abdul Kareem) on drums) (2022). This performance by the acclaimed pianist, composer, and educator is the first of three matinees that will punctuate the run of Hewitt’s exhibition. The score will subsequently be interpreted by saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins in March and choreographer Rashida Bumbray in May. 

Building upon traditions of indeterminate musical notation and the fractal logic of the jazz standard, Hewitt and Cyrus’s score is comprised of an arrangement of objects overlaid with metadata and sound that can be imagined in relation to Thelonious Monk’s song Evidence (first recorded in 1948). Just as the score calls attention to relationality, its interpretation occurs in the register of practice. Shifting attention away from linear notation and finished performance, the focus on practice emphasizes interpretation as an exercise in discovery and an opportunity to critically add to the score.

Jason Moran was born in Houston in 1975. He is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Moran’s work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2021) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2019). He participated in the 56th Venice Biennale and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Moran teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He lives in Harlem, New York.

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