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NY Radical Jazz Thinkers, Prime Movers

May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$15 – $18

From New York  Two master improvisers

Engaged in spontaneous musical discourse as

“Radical Thinkers…Prime Movers” (wsj)

Matt Shipp, Piano

Michael Bisio, Bass

Returning, their first time at the Lilypad

Especially for those unfamiliar:  Mr. Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants. He has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style that is all his own—and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so today.

“It’s free-jazz, but full of melody, and every sound counts.” (****) – John Fordham, The Guardian, guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/13/matthew-ship-floating-ice-review.

“The interaction of Shipp and Bisio by now has become a wonder. They intertwine around themselves in brilliant ways—“

“This duo is less about repertoire than rapport, though, and Shipp and Bisio have something truly special”. Reader

Having recorded over 40 albums as a leader or co-leader, Shipp has created pioneering work with hip-hop artists Antipop Consortium, DJ Spooky, and El-P, and has collaborated with notables such as Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), William Parker and David S. Ware.  Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN.

The buzz is in about his latest release “Signature” (a trio):

‘’Stunning lyricism—every track is a gem—modern music at its best —one of the top 3 recordings Matthew Shipp has made.’’  Step Tempest.

‘’Yet another boundary –pushing set for ESP Disc titled ‘’Signature’’—Shipp and trio have arguably made their best record, a wild inventive sprawl of brain bending meditations and bold abstraction that show the trio on an astounding level only they occupy.’’  Brooklyn Rail.

The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area.  My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area.  CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.


May 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18
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