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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 One of today’s finest modern jazz pianists, Marilyn Crispell has been performing free jazz since the 1980s when she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet. Since then she has recorded several CDs with groups and as a soloist including, most recently, Vignettes on the ECM label. Her improvisations are mesmerising, highly inventive journeys exploring a wide array of emotions and musical colours. Making a brief visit from New York, this is a rare opportunity to hear an extraordinary performer in what promises to be a very special musical evening. ‘Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.’ The New York Times ‘For two decades, Marilyn Crispell has been one of the most highly regarded pianists at the sharp end of contemporary jazz.’ John Fordham, The Guardian