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10.14 [SCREENING] Cecil Taylor's Piano Marathon,Berlin 1988: Erzulie Maketh Scent @ The 8th OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival

The 8th OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival 
2018.10.9 - 2018.10.21

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深圳华侨城创意文化园 OCT-LOFT 

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Cecil Taylor的钢琴马拉松,柏林1988
Cecil Taylor's Piano Marathon,Berlin 1988: Erzulie Maketh Scent
德国 Germany

时间 Time
2018.10.14 14:00 - 16:00
场地 Venue
华侨城创意文化园北区A3+ A3+, North District of OCT-LOFT

影片信息 Movie Information 
录像 Video Recording:Dagmar Gebers
音效 Sound:Jost Gebers
剪辑 Edit:Bernhard Arndt
出版 Publishing:FMP-Publishing
时长 Length:75 分钟 75 mins
年份 Year:1988 
语言 Language:英语 English
字幕 Subtitle:英语 English


“The beautiful one has gone. The eighty-eight tuned drums have become silent. The last great founding father of free jazz isn’t here anymore... Goodbye, Cecil.”

- Martin Schray, The Free Jazz Collective, April 6, 2018


This is a video recording Cecil Taylor’s complete solo performance released as Erzulie Maketh Scent.

Cecil Taylor (1929 - 2018) was raised in Corona, Queens in New York City. He was a pioneer of free jazz and icon of the avant-garde for more than half a century. He was an uncompromising creative force and a testament to his own existence and personal experience since his earliest recordings in the 1950's. In the 1960's, his music would become a leading exponent, along with that of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, of the budding “free-jazz” movement. This movement shook the very foundations on which jazz music was securely resting and marks a major turning point in the history of the music that challenged the structures of form and the tonal harmonic system.

Taylor's playing has always been technically sophisticated. The New York Times’John Rockwell once described Taylor’s aesthetic in a1981 reviewof a Public Theater concert, “He has developed a style that needs in no way bow before the techniques of the great classical virtuosos. His playing is tense and crabbed in posture, full of feverishly hammering passages, dissonant harmonic language and a quite remarkable density of texture. The effect is curiously similar to the densely cerebral classical avant-gardism of the 1950's and 60's, the period in which Mr. Taylor came to the fore in the world of jazz. To this taste, his music is more inviting than most of that avant-gardism - more energetic and passionate.”

It wasa month-long residency in West Berlin, From June 17 to July 17, 1988, which afforded Cecil Taylor time to perform in all of his guises — as a solo visionary, as a telepathic improviser playing next to a wide variety of top-shelf duo partners, and also as a big-band and orchestra leader. Artists who gave performances there included Han Bennink, Dreke Bailey, Evan Parker, William Parker, Günter Sommer, Louis Moholo, Peter Brötzmann and many more.

Erzulie Maketh Scent, Cecil Taylor’s solo piano performance recorded on July 16, 1988 at the Kongresshalle Berlin, is the closing disc of Cecil Taylor In Berlin '88, a monumental achievement consisting of 11 CDs and a 187-page booklet with numerous photographs from the various concerts and various analyses of the music, produced in a limited edition of 1000 copies world-wide and released by German free jazz label FMP in 1989. Cecil Taylor In Berlin '88 is maybe the most impressive documentation of the work of a single musician at one particular point in time, in Jazz.


About FMP

FMP, aka Free Music Production, is one of the most iconic and vital imprints in the history of free jazz and improvisation. The label was founded in 1969 by Jost Gebers and Peter Brötzmann. From 1972 - 1976 it was run by the collective of Brötzmann, Gebers, Peter Kowald, Detlef Schönenberg and Alexander von Schlippenbach. From 1976 onwards Jost Gebers was solely responsible for FMP. FMP has released reams of pioneering records by titans including pianist Cecil Taylor and saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, and Steve Lacy. The range of music represented on FMP ranges from hard-core, “uncompromising“ free jazz via sound tinkering through to the critical-ironic handling of the tradition or traditions.

Presentation and documentation, were in fact the most important lynchpins of FMP’s work:Jost Gebers wanted to present and document the status quo and the development of international free music: under the most favorable concert conditions, the most favorable line-ups, the best possible recording equipment etc. This self-assigned task of documentation first became evident in 1978 when FMP gave itself a kind of birthday present in the form of a three LP set and a detailed booklet documenting FMP and its projects. However, this task was to become even clearer in 1988, the year Berlin was the "European Capital of Culture". FMP was to take advantage of the month-long stay of the pianist Cecil Taylor, with concerts in the most diverse line-ups, creating a unique documentation which resulted in the "Cecil Taylor In Berlin '88".


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Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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