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Open call: The Art of Cecil Taylor

Unit Structures conference taking place at Brooklyn College between 24 & 26 October

An open call for papers, compositions and musical participation has been announced for Unit Structures: The Art of Cecil Taylor conference taking place at City University of New York in October 2019.

The conference is focused on Taylor scholarship in jazz and American music studies, and sets to expand across a wide range of disciplines to reflect the scope of Taylor’s work.

“We explicitly seek to recognise scholarship in an expanded context, one that welcomes creative responses to Cecil Taylor’s work. We are additionally accepting proposals for new works in sonic discourse” says the call out. Taylor’s 1966 poetic prose essay Sound Structure of Subculture Becoming Major Breath/Naked Fire Gesture will also be premiered at an evening concert on 25 October. The event will also host a large ensemble workshop led by Karen Borca, featuring a composition that Taylor had previously dedicated to the bassoonist and improviser.

Speaking at the event are Nahum Dimitri Chandler, David Grubbs, Fred Moten, Fumi Okiji, Ben Young, Andrew Cyrille, William Parker and Matthew Shipp.

Call outs listed are: Spoken papers of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions; composition/improvisation in discourse with the aforementioned essay; and participation in the large ensemble workshop led by Borca.

More information, including details on how to submit work, can be found on the Unit Structures website. Deadline is 3 May.