The University of San Diego will host the Kyoto Prize Symposium featuring the 2013 Arts and Philosophy Kyoto Prize Laureate
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, 10:30 a.m. - noon
* Event Update *
Regrettably, due to unforeseen health problems, Mr. Cecil Taylor, the 2013 recipient of the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, will not attend Wednesday’s presentation at the University of San Diego.
Although Mr. Taylor is extremely disappointed to miss the presentation and the opportunity to share his music and poetry with the San Diego audience, Taylor and event organizers insist the show must go on.
Wednesday’s revised Kyoto Prize Symposium program will include videotaped remarks from Mr. Taylor, and a performance by three talented San Diego musicians Christopher Adler (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), and Vikas Srivastava (drums). USD’s Dr. David Harnish, chair of the Department of Music and UC San Diego Professor of Music Anthony Davis will lead a tribute to Taylor involving live music, video clips and lecture overviews on his work and legacy in the history of jazz.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We hope to see you at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19 at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.
About Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor, one of the most original pianists in the history of free jazz, is a renowned free jazz pianist and poet. He is the winner of the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy.
Taylor developed an innovative improvisation departing from conventional idioms through distinctive musical constructions and percussive renditions, thereby opening new possibilities in jazz. His unsurpassed virtuosity and commanding blend of music and poetry influenced a broad range of musical genres.