Solos and Duos Concert Series: Anthony Davis and Jason Robinson
November 13, 2016
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
With Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and the post-60s jazz avant-garde as central reference points, saxophonist Jason Robinson and pianist Anthony Davis bring together their formidable experience in many different music worlds. One moment minimalist, another orchestral, another beautifully melodic, their duo invites listeners into a sound world of deep blues, a place of surreal horizons, intense emotions, and hypnotic melodies. Their 2010 release, “Cerulean Landscape,” can be found on Clean Feed Records.
Born in 1951, Anthony Davis is one of America’s leading pianists and composers. He is perhaps best known for his operas, including“X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” which was premiered by the New York City Opera in 1986, “Amistad,” which premiered with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1997, and “Wakonda's Dream,” which premiered at Opera Omaha in 2007. His eighth opera, “FIVE,” investigates the Central Park Five, the five young African American boys who were falsely convicted of the rape and assault of a young white woman in Central Park.
Davis is a professor of music at the University of California, San Diego.
Although his musical interests span far and wide, Jason Robinson's primary performance and compositional vehicle is his Janus Ensemble, which ranges in size from quintet to 11 musicians. Robinson has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader and appeared on 50 albums.
Robinson, called “a potent improviser," by Jazz Times, is an assistant professor of music at Amherst College and holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, San Diego.
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