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Photo courtesy of Kris Davis and Craig Taborn

Collectively known as "Octopus" and recognized as two of the most significant improvising pianists in the world today, Kris Davis and Craig Taborn present an array of original compositions inspired by eight sculptures in the Modern’s collection. In addition, Davis and Taborn will perform piano-duet arrangements of two pieces by the jazz legend and Fort Worth native son, Ronald Shannon Jackson.

The duo is appropriately named "Octopus," an oceangoing creature with one brain and eight independent neuron-bearing limbs, because they become one stunning and powerful musical intelligence in performance. For the Modern’s concert, both Taborn and Davis have composed two new pieces, each distilled from a pairing of sculptures. Viewing these pairings as in dialogue with one another, the new compositions emerge from those conversations and play into the duality of Octopus, two people, two pianos, and two idea sets somehow merging yet remaining distinct.

Taborn's new works pair Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1967, with Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996, and Lynda Benglis’s For Carl Andre, 1970, with Carl Andre’s Slit, 1981. Davis’s new pieces pair Teresa Margolles’s Untitled, 2010, with Cornelia Parker’s Rorschach (Endless Column 1), 2005, and Roxy Paine’s Conjoined, 2007, with Teresita Fernández’s Epic 2, 2009.

Taborn and Davis will round out the evening with covers of Ronald Shannon Jackson's "Apache Love Cry” (1980) and “Alice in the Congo” (1982). A pioneer of avant-garde jazz and free funk, and best known as a jazz drummer of the first rank and leader of and composer for the ground-breaking band Decoding Society, Jackson also played and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and Bill Frisell over the course of his long career.

Collectively known as "Octopus" and recognized as two of the most significant improvising pianists in the world today, Kris Davis and Craig Taborn present an array of original compositions inspired by eight sculptures in the Modern’s collection. In addition, Davis and Taborn will perform piano-duet arrangements of two pieces by the jazz legend and Fort Worth native son, Ronald Shannon Jackson.

The duo is appropriately named "Octopus," an oceangoing creature with one brain and eight independent neuron-bearing limbs, because they become one stunning and powerful musical intelligence in performance. For the Modern’s concert, both Taborn and Davis have composed two new pieces, each distilled from a pairing of sculptures. Viewing these pairings as in dialogue with one another, the new compositions emerge from those conversations and play into the duality of Octopus, two people, two pianos, and two idea sets somehow merging yet remaining distinct.

Taborn's new works pair Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1967, with Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996, and Lynda Benglis’s For Carl Andre, 1970, with Carl Andre’s Slit, 1981. Davis’s new pieces pair Teresa Margolles’s Untitled, 2010, with Cornelia Parker’s Rorschach (Endless Column 1), 2005, and Roxy Paine’s Conjoined, 2007, with Teresita Fernández’s Epic 2, 2009.

Taborn and Davis will round out the evening with covers of Ronald Shannon Jackson's "Apache Love Cry” (1980) and “Alice in the Congo” (1982). A pioneer of avant-garde jazz and free funk, and best known as a jazz drummer of the first rank and leader of and composer for the ground-breaking band Decoding Society, Jackson also played and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and Bill Frisell over the course of his long career.

Collectively known as "Octopus" and recognized as two of the most significant improvising pianists in the world today, Kris Davis and Craig Taborn present an array of original compositions inspired by eight sculptures in the Modern’s collection. In addition, Davis and Taborn will perform piano-duet arrangements of two pieces by the jazz legend and Fort Worth native son, Ronald Shannon Jackson.

The duo is appropriately named "Octopus," an oceangoing creature with one brain and eight independent neuron-bearing limbs, because they become one stunning and powerful musical intelligence in performance. For the Modern’s concert, both Taborn and Davis have composed two new pieces, each distilled from a pairing of sculptures. Viewing these pairings as in dialogue with one another, the new compositions emerge from those conversations and play into the duality of Octopus, two people, two pianos, and two idea sets somehow merging yet remaining distinct.

Taborn's new works pair Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1967, with Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996, and Lynda Benglis’s For Carl Andre, 1970, with Carl Andre’s Slit, 1981. Davis’s new pieces pair Teresa Margolles’s Untitled, 2010, with Cornelia Parker’s Rorschach (Endless Column 1), 2005, and Roxy Paine’s Conjoined, 2007, with Teresita Fernández’s Epic 2, 2009.

Taborn and Davis will round out the evening with covers of Ronald Shannon Jackson's "Apache Love Cry” (1980) and “Alice in the Congo” (1982). A pioneer of avant-garde jazz and free funk, and best known as a jazz drummer of the first rank and leader of and composer for the ground-breaking band Decoding Society, Jackson also played and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and Bill Frisell over the course of his long career.

WHEN

WHERE

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
https://www.prekindle.com/event/53921-octopus-fort-worth

TICKET INFO

$30-$35
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