Alan Silva

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Alan Silva
Alan Silva 1969.jpg
Alan Silva in Belgium, 1969
Background information
Birth name Alan Treadwell da Silva
Born (1939-01-22) 22 January 1939 (age 75)
Bermuda, British Empire
Genres Jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Double bassist, songwriter, bandleader, composer, keyboardist
Instruments Upright bass, keyboards, electronic keyboard, trumpet, electric violin, sarangi
Labels BYG Actuel, ESP Disk, Impulse!, Blue Note, (CBS, Sony, Columbia, Soul Note, Black Saint, JAPO, Hathut, MPS, ESP-Disk
Associated acts Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Frank Wright, Bobby Few, Bill Dixon, François Cotinaud, Sunny Murray, Globe Unity Orchestra, Andrew Hill, Dave Burrell
Website Alan Silva discography from Center of the World site

Alan Silva (born Alan Treadwell da Silva, Bermuda, January 22, 1939) is an American free jazz double bassist and keyboard player.

Biography[edit]

Silva was born a British subject to an Azorean/Portuguese mother, Irene da Silva, and a black Bermudian father known only as "Ruby". At the very height of racial segregation in the United States, Silva emigrated to the United States at the age of five with his mother, eventually acquiring U.S. citizenship by the age of 18 or 19. He adopted the stage name of Alan Silva in his twenties.

Silva was quoted in a Bermudan newspaper in 1988 as saying that although he left the island at a young age, he always considered himself Bermudian. He was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he first began studying the trumpet, and moved on to study the upright bass.

Silva is known as one of the most inventive bass players in jazz and has performed with many of the great names in the world of avant-garde jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp.

Silva performed in 1964's October Revolution as a pioneer in the free jazz movement, and for Ayler's Live in Greenwich Village album. He has lived mainly in Paris since the early 1970s, where he formed the Celestrial Communication Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance of free jazz with various instrumental combinations.[1] In the 1990s he picked up the electronic keyboard, declaring that his bass playing no longer surprised him. He has also used the electric violin and electric sarangi on his recordings.

Since around 2000 he has performed more frequently as a bassist and bandleader, notably at New York City's annual Vision Festivals.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Luna Surface (Alan Silva and The Celestrial Communication Orchestra) (BYG Actuel)
  • Seasons (Alan Silva and The Celestrial Communication Orchestra) (BYG Actuel)
  • My Country (Leo)
  • Skillfullness (ESP Disk)
  • Inner Song (Center of the World)
  • In Situ (as "Take Some Risks", Adda)
  • The Shout / Portrait from a Small Woman (Sun Records)
  • Inner Song (Center of the World)
  • Crimson Lip (Improvising Beings)

As sideman[edit]

with Albert Ayler

with Sun Ra

with Cecil Taylor

with Sunny Murray

with Shipen Lebzelter

  • Rock and Other Four Letter Words (Columbia)

with Archie Shepp

with Grachan Moncur III

with William Parker

with Dave Burrell

with Jimmy Lyons

with Francois Tusques

  • Intercommunal Music (Shandar)

with Frank Wright

  • Center of the World (Center of the World)
  • Last Polka in Nancy? (Center of the World)
  • Solos & Duets w/ Bobby Few (Sun Records)

with Bobby Few

with Bill Dixon

with Franz Koglmann

  • Opium For Franz (Pipe)

with Andrew Hill

with the Globe Unity Orchestra

  • Intergalactic Blow (JAPO)

with Abdelhai Bennani

  • Enfance (Marge)
  • Entrelacs (Tampon Ramier)
  • New Today, New Everyday (Improvising Beings)

with Itaru Oki

  • Paris-Ohraï (Ohraï)

Filmography[edit]

  • 2001 - Inside Out in the Open (2001). Directed by Alan Roth. Asymmetric Pictures. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Alan Silva". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 

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