Matthew Shipp Counts His Blessings for 2011


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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 and Dickey.

4. Continuing to upset the applecart of the jazz establishment—the 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 andDarius Jones.

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.

Matthew Shipp


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