Arts for Art Fundraiser Honoring Cecil Taylor
Supporting Arts for Art and the future of visionary art through tribute to Cecil Taylor, with a performance by Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, and Wadada Leo Smith, plus reading by renowned poet and scholar Fred Moten.
Food and refreshments provided.
5pm Mix & mingle
6pm: Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith plus Jackson Krall, Karen Borca André Martinez, James Brandon Lewis
7:30 Mix & mingle
Performances by alumni of Cecil Taylor's bands:
William Parker - bass, "One of the most acclaimed jazz bassists in the world, known for a sound that can alternate between the ferociously ecstatic and searchingly tender." Michael J. Agovino, Village Voice
Andrew Cyrille - drums, "Perhaps the preeminent free-jazz percussionist...His energy is unflagging, his power absolute, tempered only by an ever-present sense of propriety." Chris Kelsey, All Music Guide
Wadada Leo Smith trumpet, "one of the most influential figures of the postwar black musical avant-garde." Adam Shatz, New York Review of Books
Poet/Scholar Fred Moten, author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), who recently joined the NYU Faculty will also read from his works.
This event is being held with consent from Cecil Taylor and his legal representatives, Adam C. Wilner, Esq. and Gloria Jenkins.
Founded in 1996, Arts For Art (AFA) is a New York City based tax exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz -- an American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle.
FreeJazz embodies music, dance, poetry and visual arts. It is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. AFA works not only to preserve the legacy of Free Jazz, but to ensure a vital future through its re-imagination by new generations of artists.
AFA offers multi-arts programs throughout the year that fulfill the role of arts in society, that is, to reflect and respond to the world. Our programming brings together multiple generations of vibrant, diverse and highly skilled artists. AFA cultivates new audiences to protect this unique aesthetic so as to remain contemporary and available. To further our goals of diversity and accessibility, we foster education initiatives and produce events that build community amongst artists and audiences.
Throughout our events and forums, AFA works to deepen the engagement with a growing community and enable the artists to network and address the personal, political, and practical concerns of being an artist in contemporary society.
Since 1983, the Tilton Gallery has been well known for discovering and promoting cutting edge, emerging artists from around the world. For more than three decades, Tilton has exhibited hundreds of contemporary artists, many of whom, like David Hammons, Marlene Dumas, Fred Tomaselli, Huang Yong Ping and Francis Alys, to name but a few, have become prominent figures on the international stage.
Now housed in a historic landmark Upper East side townhouse, the gallerys current exhibition program continues to support our established gallery artists, and remains committed to discovering and cultivating new talent from around the globe.
The 2,400 square foot exhibition space is located on two floors at 8 East 76th Street, at 5th Avenue, New York. Within New Yorks museum mile, the gallery is in walking distance from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Frick Museum, as well as many other Upper East side galleries.
Tilton Gallery (View)
8 E. 76th St
New York, NY 10021
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