Location: Floor Five, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries
The performance program for Open Plan: Cecil Taylor continues with music and poetry by Chris Funkhouser, Tracie Morris and Susie Ibarra, Fred Moten, and Jemeel Moondoc/Ensemble Muntu (featuring Jemeel Moondoc, Larry Rolands, Mark Hennen, and Charles Downs).
About the program
Poet and technologist Chris Funkhouser presents a new sound collage that draws on Taylor’s own recorded voice.
Tracie Morris, an interdisciplinary poet, performer, and vocalist, has performed on several bills with Taylor both individually and with her eponymous band. She will be accompanied by innovative percussionist Susie Ibarra, who combines jazz, world, and indigenous Philippine music into her performances and compositions.
Poet Fred Moten will perform a solo reading on the occasion of Cecil Taylor’s retrospective and festival. Moten has written frequently on Taylor and his relationship to dance, improvisation, and blackness, notably in In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (2003).
Avant-jazz alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc first performed as part of Taylor’s Black Music Ensemble at Antioch College in the early 1970s. He later founded the tight-knit Ensemble Muntu (featuring William Parker, Mark Hennen, Charles Downs) (1973–82), which began as a 12-piece band composed mostly of Taylor’s ex-students that was part of New York City’s loft jazz scene. The Ensemble reunites for one night only with a lineup of original members. Please note: William Parker is unable to join for this performance by the Ensemble and Larry Rolands will take his place.
Free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of guaranteed seats are available for advance purchase; tickets include admission to the galleries.
Chris Funkhouser, Professor in Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a multimedia artist, musician, and writer whose books include Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms 1959–1995, New Directions in Digital Poetry, and Where is Mineral: Selected Adventures in MOO. In 2015, a "code opera" he co-composed, Shy nag, was staged at Rutgers-Newark and in Bergen, Norway. In 2009, the Associated Press commissioned him to create digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama's inauguration. Funkhouser, who was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at Multimedia University in Malaysia a decade ago, is a Contributing Editor at PennSound.
Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. She presents her work extensively around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. Tracie is the recipient of NYFA, Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council and other grants, as well as fellowships from Yaddoo, MacDowell and Millay artist colonies. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Intermission and Rhyme Scheme. Her most recent book is handholding: 5 kinds from Kore Press (2016). Tracie holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and American acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio, The Little Edges and The Service Porch. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
William Parker has been a key figure in New York Creative music scene since 1972 . He first played with Cecil in 1974 at Carnegie Hall he became a regular member of the Cecil Taylor Unit in December 1980 until 1991. He has played with Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeen, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Sonny Simmons, Jeanne Lee, Jemeel Moondoc Gunter Hampel, Karl Berger Dave Burrell, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Charles Gayle, Billy Bang, David S. Ware , Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves as well as Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Ernest Dawkins, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.