Matthew Shipp's ten highlights of the year
1.The reception of my cd Art of the Improviser
2. Gigging with my trio
with Michael Bisio
and Whit Dickey
,not only great players, but incredible people to share road life with.
3. Recording my upcoming 2012 CD Elastic Aspects
with my trio of Bisio
4. Continuing to upset the applecart of the jazz establishmentthe more they can't figure me out, the better off I am, I relish it, fuck them.
5. Seeing movies like Icons Among Us
gain ascendancy against the backdrop of crap like Ken Burns
jazz-and realizing from a film like Icon's that there are no young musician of any note that take the agenda of the Lincoln Center seriously.
6. Realizing that there are people like Joe Morris
involved in jazz education. He teaches at New England Conservatory
and will be coming out with a tremendous book about improvisation. Just knowing that within the scam of jazz education, there are some people like Joe Morris
and many others that are putting real, not pseudo information out there.
7. Teaching residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts
and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
8. Being at the recording session of one of my students at Atlantic Center for the Arts, James Brandon Lewis
, an amazing tenor player who is going to make an impact. He recorded Divine Travels"
' with William Parker
and Gerald Cleaver
9. Being able to collaborate with a broad spectrum of giants like Evan Parker
, Paul Dunmall
, Sabir Mateen
10. And being at Thirsty Ear
and seeing the voices of tomorrow in the beginning stages, people like Greg Ward
, Dawn of Midi
, Mary Halvorson
and Jessica Pavone
All About Jazz has been a tremendous presence and I could not imagine the jazz world without them.
In 2012, I will be very involved with a film project named The Composer
, a partnership with a tremendously gifted visual artist Barb Januszkiewicz
Thank you to all who have participated in a memorable 2011 and best wishes for 2012.