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Catch this free-flowing Ford

05 December, 2016 — By Sebastian Taylor

Jazz pianist Dorian Ford

FED-UP with formal performance of music, classical, jazz or otherwise?

Then head along to Burgh House, Hampstead, next Tuesday evening to listen to jazz pianist Dorian Ford practising in public.

In introducing the event, he says: “Composer Alban Berg once said to George Gershwin, ‘Mr Gershwin, music is music’.

“But when is music ‘music’?

“Perhaps it would be best not to aim so high and be content with just making music (so to speak).

“Nevertheless, I am keen to find the right balance between the formal/informal when performing or, indeed, practising the piano.

“So, in the somewhat formal situation of a recital, I’d like to actually play – or maybe perform – what I practise.

“What do I practise? It’s a combination of notated, semi-notated chord structures and melodies and freely improvised – metric and non-metric, tonal and atonal.

“So I’m calling the recital: Interpretations, renditions and improvisations.”

The recital will include Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and songs from folk music and the American Songbook. The choice of what’s being played and when will be somewhat “free flowing”.

To paraphrase Miles Davis, Ford says: “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.”

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