Jason Moran

Jason Moran's Fats Waller mask created by Didier Civil.
Jason Moran’s Fats Waller mask, created by Didier Civil.

I’m listening to Jason Moran and Christina Zavelloni right now – Youtube video below – and reading a really interesting article on him in Blouin ArtInfo: Jazz Pianist Jason Moran joins Luhring Augustine Gallery.

If you know Jason Moran as a pianist, it may come as a surprise to you that he also has a very personal interest in the visual arts and so much so that he has been signed up by Luhring Augustine.  They say:

Moran’s rich and varied body of work is actively shaping the current and future landscape of jazz. His activity stretches beyond the many recordings and performances with masters of the form including Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, and the late Sam Rivers, and his work with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records.

The scope of Moran’s partnerships and music-making with venerated and iconic visual artists is extensive. He has collaborated with such major figures as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Stan Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker; commissioning institutions of Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dia Art Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Moran has a long-standing collaborative practice with his wife, the singer and Broadway actress Alicia Hall Moran; as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, they together constructed BLEED, a five-day series of live music. BLEED explored the power of performance to cross barriers and challenge assumptions, and it was widely hailed as groundbreaking in the music and performance realm.

Moran’s upcoming ventures include the world premiere of Looks of a Lot, a site-specific performance at Chicago Symphony Center with Theaster Gates in May 2014, and an appearance with The Bandwagon at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in April in conjunction with the museum’s Carrie Mae Weems exhibition.

Interesting, huh?  As so many of us find, if you like the arts, your interests do tend to span disciplines.  Creating, listening, looking, hearing and feeling … interactive connectivity.

Read more on Blouin ArtInfo: Jazz Pianist Jason Moran joins Luhring Augustine Gallery.  Hear more on Jason Moran, Musician.

“I’m a straight-up jazz musician, no doubt,” Moran said the last time we spoke. “But I also like to think of myself as an urban performance artist who happens to play piano.”

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