Kyoto Prize Symposium 2014

Cecil Taylor is one of the most original pianists in the history of free jazz.

Cecil Taylor

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
University of San Diego

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The Inamori Foundation's 27th Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy was presented to 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. 

Learn more about Cecil Taylor in an article from NPR and The New York Times