These diverse musicians are at the leading edge of jazz and improvisational music in the world today, innovative performers across generations who are blending composition and improvisation in exciting, original ways.

—Myra Melford

Myra Melford Jazz Platform
An Evening of Jazz Duos Onstage
Tim Berne, saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone
Kris Davis, piano

Cal Performances has invited pianist and composer Myra Melford to co-curate our jazz programming this season, with concerts that will introduce Bay Area jazz aficionados to artists who are household names in New York and abroad, but may be less well-known on the West Coast.

A "stalwart of the new-jazz movement" (The New Yorker), Melford is among the most respected artists of her generation. A Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Alpert Award for Music and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, she has been a professor of music at UC Berkeley for the past 14 years, teaching improvisation and composition while maintaining a vigorous international career as a touring and recording artist.

Here is what Melford has to say about the singular artists visiting this season:

"This concert—with the audience right onstage with the players—showcases the wide range of expression and interaction possible with the same instrumentation. In their music, Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock seamlessly move from a new-music, chamber approach, to a jazz sensibility, and every sound in between. Their music has rigor, passion, energy—they operate at a very, very high level."

"I was very moved by Matt Mitchell's piano playing on his solo recording of Tim Berne's compositions, and now they have a duo that is a really exciting mix of approaches. It's fascinating to hear them blur the lines between what is notated and what is improvised. Tim has been influential in this music for decades, and now Matt is part of a younger generation that has consumed everything before him and still brings his own unique voice to every context he plays in."

Want more Myra Melford Jazz Platform? Also see David Virelles Trio; Spider Web by Nicole Mitchell and Josh Kun (Oct 27)

Approximate run time of this performance is 2 hours, including intermission


Related Events

Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Feb 9, 2020, 6pm
Zellerbach Hall
Myra Melford—pianist, composer, UC Berkeley faculty member, and co-programmer of Cal Performances' Jazz Series this season—talks with pianist Sarah Cahill. Free to ticket holders.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]