The 8th OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival
2018.10.9 - 2018.10.21
General seating based on first come first served policy.
Cecil Taylor's Piano Marathon，Berlin 1988: Erzulie Maketh Scent
2018.10.14 14:00 - 16:00
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
时长 Length：75 分钟 75 mins
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.