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Craig Taborn Returns to National Concert Hall in January With ‘Shadow Plays’

December 17, 2021

US pianist Craig Taborn will return to Ireland as part of his European tour of Shadow Plays, presented by the Improvised Music Company.

Taborn, who played to a sold out-audience in Dublin in 2019, returns to Dublin for one night only.

This is a golden opportunity to catch this innovative pianist centre stage live at the Kevin Barry Room for an invigorating and reflective musical experience.

John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 4

Saturday, 29th January 2022, 6pm

Tickets: Available at www.nch.ie

Craig is internationally acclaimed for his formidable career, as a sideman, co-leader and as a soloist on ECM records, a label that has defined the high bar solo piano performance. He has long backed many of the most forward-thinking improvisers, including James Carter, Tim Berne, Chris Potter and Dave Douglas.

A fearless improviser, he has the reputation of “disappearing almost completely into his music” [New York Times], and is recognised as one of the best living jazz pianists.

With his latest ECM release, “Shadow Plays”, Taborn explores sounds and silences, swirling colours, densities and forms, creating new music with both poetic imagination and an iron grip on his material. His control of his craft, as he unerringly creates narratives and structures from the hint of a revealed pattern, following where intuition and experience lead him, is extraordinary.

When you improvise,” he told writer Adam Shatz, in a New York Times interview, “you’re observing and creating at the same time. To make the next move, you have to get really close to what’s going on.”

“…delivering spontaneous masterworks with a majestic sense of form and captures his robust touch and uncanny sense of space in pristine sound…’’  Mike Hobart, Financial Times

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