Craig Taborn + Vicky Chow

Friday, December 6, 2013

Vicky Chow and Craig Taborn are two masterful pianists from different musical worlds. Chow is a champion of new music who performs as a soloist and with ensembles like the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Taborn is an unparalleled jazz keyboardist who tours as a soloist, band leader, and sideman with musicians like Dave Holland and Tim Berne. Chow and Taborn present contrasting solo sets representing the wide spectrum of virtuoso pianism today.


Avenging Angel Solos and Improvisations
Craig Taborn, piano


Surface Image for piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics - Tristan Perich
Vicky Chow, piano

Argeo Ascani

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York), and “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times).

She has worked with leading composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner (The National) Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). In addition to performing, she also produces and curates Contagious Sounds, a music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers in New York City.

Originally from Vancouver, Chow studied at the Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin before continuing her studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Oldfather. Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and her New York orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Craig Taborn studied music theory and composition, and while at the University of Michigan, he became a member of saxophonist James Carter's band, contributing to a series of albums, beginning with JC on the Set, in 1993. Taborn cut his first recording as leader in 1994 with the Craig Taborn Trio, and during the 1990s he worked with Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Nate Smith, Lotte Anker, Dave Binney, Wayne Krantz, and Adam Rogers, among others.

In 2001, Taborn began to record with the Susie Ibarra Trio. In the same year, he made the recording Light Made Lighter with Chris Lightcap on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. “On the strength of this recording,” wrote the Los Angeles Times, “Taborn emerges as one of the most exciting pianists to lead a band since the ascent of Matthew Shipp.” Since 2002, he has worked with many musicians, including Dave Douglas, Hugh Ragin, Eivind Opsvik, Marty Ehrlich, Drew Gress, Chris Potter, David Torn, Michael Formanek, and Tomasz Stanko, as well as with members of The Bad Plus. His first solo album, Avenging Angel, was released in 2011 on ECM Records. In 2012, Taborn toured internationally with Dave Holland's quartet, Prism.

Craig Taborn + Vicky Chow
Studio 2
December 6, 2013, 7:30PM
In Depth

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA