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Meet the Composer : Anthony Davis

Composer and pianist Anthony Davis has been teaching at UCSD for several years now, so you can add Professor of music to his titles.

Davis had already recorded two galvanic titles by the 1980s, "Of Blues and Dreams" a free jazz classic with Leroy Jenkins, Abdul Wadud and Pheeroan ak Laff, and the Balinese inspired, "Episteme" with a large ensemble featuring George Lewis.

After that, Davis discovered the world of opera, which he has enriched with his large scale works on controversial subjects like "Tania", about Patty Hearst, "Amistad", a rumination on the Spanish slave ship rebellion and "X", an opera about the civil rights giant.

As a pianist, Davis has absorbed influences from the jazz and classical disciplines into his own personal aesthetic ; Monk, Stravinsky, Ellington and Debussy are a few of his formative inspirations.

He doesn't appear in town very often, so next weeks appearance with long-time collaborator saxophonist Jason Robinson at Dizzy's on June 2, is a rare opportunity to experience the pianist live. Take advantage.

(photo by Jeff Kaiser)

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Composer and pianist Anthony Davis has been teaching at UCSD for several years now, so you can add Professor of music to his titles.

Davis had already recorded two galvanic titles by the 1980s, "Of Blues and Dreams" a free jazz classic with Leroy Jenkins, Abdul Wadud and Pheeroan ak Laff, and the Balinese inspired, "Episteme" with a large ensemble featuring George Lewis.

After that, Davis discovered the world of opera, which he has enriched with his large scale works on controversial subjects like "Tania", about Patty Hearst, "Amistad", a rumination on the Spanish slave ship rebellion and "X", an opera about the civil rights giant.

As a pianist, Davis has absorbed influences from the jazz and classical disciplines into his own personal aesthetic ; Monk, Stravinsky, Ellington and Debussy are a few of his formative inspirations.

He doesn't appear in town very often, so next weeks appearance with long-time collaborator saxophonist Jason Robinson at Dizzy's on June 2, is a rare opportunity to experience the pianist live. Take advantage.

(photo by Jeff Kaiser)

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