Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor

“When you hear Cecil Taylor perform, you never forget it. He’s a force of nature at the piano, with a furious attack and a sound all his own.” —NPR


Co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Legendary pianist and poet Cecil Taylor is one of the greatest improvisers in the history of modern jazz. Since the first performances of his quartet at the Five Spot Café in 1956, he has unflinchingly and tirelessly worked to define a sound that is still light years ahead of its time. Awarded both Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, Taylor’s playing has been called fierce, constructivist, percussive and experimental. Now well into his 80s, Taylor makes a very rare trip to Los Angeles for this intimate solo concert co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), in conjunction with the exhibition Blues for Smoke, a large-scale thematic project exploring ideas and forms of the Blues in contemporary art that opens at the Geffen Contemporary on October 21.


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WED 10/24
8:30 pm
THUR 10/25
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff