Marilyn Crispell

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Marilyn Crispell
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Crispell in concert, April 29, 2008 Photo: Claire Stefani
Background information
Born (1947-03-30) 30 March 1947 (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
Genres Jazz, Classical music
Occupations Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1977 - present
Associated acts Barry Guy, Henry Grimes, Anders Jormin
Website Marilyn Crispell.com/

Marilyn Crispell (born March 30, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Biography[edit]

Crispell studied classical piano and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music.[1] She has been a resident of Woodstock, NY since 1977 when she came to study and teach at Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio.[2] She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane,[1] Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers as Paul Bley and Leo Smith.

For ten years she was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet[1] and the Reggie Workman Ensemble. She has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, the Europea Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joëlle Léandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet.

In 1981 she performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio.

In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz.

Crispell has performed and recorded as a soloist and leader of her own groups. She has also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including his opera X with the New York City Opera).

In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets. She received a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship.[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • Spirit Music (Cadence, 1983)
  • Rhythms Hung in Undrawn Sky (Leo Records, 1983)
  • Live in Berlin (Black Saint, 1984)
  • Piano Solo - A Concert in Berlin - Summer 83 (FMP, 1984)
  • And Your Ivory Voice Sings (Leo Records, 1985) - with Doug James
  • Quartet Improvisations, Paris 1986 (Leo Records, 1987)
  • Gaia (Leo Records, 1988)
  • Labyrinths (Victo, 1988)
  • Live in Zurich (Leo Records, 1990)
  • Live in San Francisco (Music & Arts, 1990)
  • The Kitchen Concert (Leo Records, 1991)
  • Overlapping Hands (FMP, 1991) - with Irene Schweizer
  • Duo (Knitting Factory Works, 1992) - with Gerry Hemingway
  • Piano Duets (for tuned and detuned pianos) (Leo Records, 1992) - with Georg Graewe
  • For Coltrane (Leo Records, 1993)
  • Highlights from the Summer of 1992 American Tour (Music & Arts, 1993)
  • Santuerio (Leo Records, 1993)
  • Stellar Pulsations / Three Composers (Leo Records, 1994)
  • Band on the Walls (Matchless, 1994) - with Eddie Prevost
  • Inference (Music & Arts, 1995) - with Tim Berne
  • Hyperion (Music & Arts, 1995) - with Peter Brötzmann and Hamid Drake
  • Cascades (Music & Arts, 1995) - with Barry Guy and Gerry Hemingway
  • Spring Tour (Alice, 1995) - with Anders Jormin and Raymond Strid
  • Destiny (Okka Disk, 1995) - with Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake
  • Live at Mills College 1995 (Music & Arts, 1995)
  • The Woodstock Concert (Music & Arts, 1996)
  • Contrast: Live at Yoshi's (Music & Arts, 1996)
  • Connecting Spirits (Music & Arts, 1996) - with Joseph Jarman
  • Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock (ECM Records, 1997)
  • Dark Night, and Luminous (Edicions Nova Era, 1998) - with Agusti Fernandez
  • Red (Black Saint, 2000) - with Stefano Maltese
  • Blue (Black Saint, 2001) - with Stefano Maltese
  • Amaryllis (ECM, 2001)
  • Complicite (Victo, 2001)
  • Storyteller (ECM, 2004)
  • Vignettes (ECM, 2008)
  • Sibanye (We Are One) (Intakt, 2009) - with Louis Moholo-Moholo
  • Collaborations Live at Nya Perspektiv Festivals 2004 and 2007 (Leo Records, 2009)
  • One Dark Night I Left My Silent House (ECM, 2010) - with David Rothenberg
  • Affinities (Intakt, 2011) - with Gerry Hemingway
  • Play Braxton (Tzadik, 2012) - with Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway
  • Azure (ECM, 2013) - with Gary Peacock

As sideman[edit]

with Roscoe Mitchell
  • Sketches From Bamboo (Moers, 1979)
with Wadada Leo Smith
  • Budding of a Rose (Moers, 1979)
with Anthony Braxton
  • Composition 98 (harART, 1981)
  • Six Compositions (Quartet) 1984 (Black Saint, 1985)
  • Prag 1984 (Quartet Performance) (Sound Aspects, 1990)
  • Duets (Vancouver) (Music & Arts, 1990)
  • Quartet (London) 1985 (Leo Records, 1990)
  • Quartet (Birmingham) 1985 (Leo Records, 1990)
  • Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (hatART, 1991)
  • Quartet (Coventry) 1985 (Leo Records, 1993)
  • (Victoriaville) 1992 (Victo, 1993)
  • Twelve Compositions (Live at Yoshi's) (Music & Arts, 1994)
  • Creative Orchestra (Köln) 1978 (hatART, 1995)
  • Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 (hatART, 1997)
with Reggie Workman
  • Synthesis (Leo Records, 1986)
  • Images (Musics & Arts, 1990)
  • Altered Spaces (Leo Records, 1993)
with Larry Ochs
  • The Secret Magritte (Black Saint, 1995)
with Francois Houle
  • Any Terrain Tumultuous (Red Toucan, 1995)
with Michael Moore and Gerry Hemingway
  • MGM Trio (Ramboy, 1996)
with Bobby Zankel
  • Human Flowers (CIMP, 1996)
with Scott Fields
  • 48 Motives, January 11, 1996 (Cadence, 1996)
  • Five Frozen Eggs (Music & Arts, 1996)
  • Sonotropism (Music & Arts, 1997)
with Steve Lacy
  • Five Facings (FMP, 1996)
with Ivo Perelman
  • En Adir: Traditional Jewish Songs (Music & Arts, 1997)
with Barry Guy London Jazz Composer's Orchestra
  • Three Pieces for Orchestra (Intakt, 1997)
  • Double Trouble Two (Intakt, 1998)
with Guy-Gustafsson-Strid Trio
  • The Fabled 1996 Radio Sweden Concert: gryffgryffgryffs (Music & Arts, 1997)
with Parker-Guy-Lytton Trio
  • Natives and Aliens (Leo Records, 1997)
  • After Appleby (Leo Records, 2000)
with Urs Liemgruber, Joelle Leandre and Fritz Hauser
  • Quartet Noir (Victo, 1999)
  • Quartet Noir Lugano (Victo, 2005)
with Joelle Leandre
  • Joelle Léandre Project (Leo Records, 2000)
  • Stone Quartet: Live at Vision Festival (Ayler, 2011)
with Lotte Anker and Marilyn Mazur
  • Poetic Justice (Dacapo, 2000)
with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton
  • Odyssey (Intakt, 2001)
  • Ithaca (Intakt, 2004)
  • Phases Of The Night (Intakt, 2008)
with Barry Guy New Orchestra
  • Inscape—Tableaux (Intakt, 2001)
with Anders Jormin
with NOW Orchestra
  • Pola (Victo, 2005)
with Michele Rabbia and Vincent Courtois
  • Shifting Grace (CAM Jazz, 2006)
with Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle
  • Elephant Wings (Drollehala Records, 2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greenland, Tom (2006-10-13). "Marilyn Crispell". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  2. ^ Lock, Graham (1994). Chasing the Vibration: Meetings with Creative Musicians. Exeter: Stride. pp. 105–111. ISBN 1-873012-81-0. 
  3. ^ "Marilyn Crispell: 2005 - US & Canada Competition Creative Arts - Music Composition". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 

Notes[edit]

  • Zorn, John, ed. (2000). Arcana: Musicians on Music. New York: Granary Books/Hips Road. ISBN 1-887123-27-X.

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