Matthew Shipp

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Spring 2014 season kicks off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concludes on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany's own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.

The Matthew Shipp Trio launched the Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media while celebrating the release of their new recording, "Root of Things" (Relative Pitch Records), and the Sanctuary's newly donated 9 foot Baldwin concert grand, with Matthew Shipp, piano, Michael Bisio, bass, and Whit Dickey, drums.

The acquisition of this Baldwin is a major addition to the Sanctuary; manufactured in 1984, it spent the first few years of its life on loan to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1987, with the help of the New York State Council on the Arts, the piano was obtained by the IMAC Theater in Huntington, Long Island and remained there until its move this year to The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

During its lifetime, it has been played by many illustrious pianists including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Dr. John, Elaine Elias, Joe Sample, Marsha Ball and Sun Ra, to name a few. The great pianist Matthew Shipp will be will be added to this elite list on March 15th!

The Matthew Ship Trio features Matthew Shipp on piano, Michael Bisio (native of Troy, NY) on bass, and Whit Dickey on drums.

Shipp has been very active since the early 1990s, appearing on dozens of albums as a leader, sideman or producer. He was initially most active in free jazz, but has since branched out, notably exploring music that touches on contemporary classical, hip hop and electronica. At the beginning of his career Shipp was stylistically compared to some of his predecessors in the jazz piano pantheon, but has since been recognized as a complete stylistic innovator on the piano with AllMusic referring to his "unique and recognizable style" and Larry Blumenfeld in Jazziz Magazine referring to Shipp as "stunning in originality."

"Arguably the most important pianist of his generation, Shipp has become a major figure on the New York avant-jazz scene. His playing is more pan-harmonic than atonal and rarely sounds like his avowed influences Andrew Hill and Bill Evans, more often suggesting harmonically adventurous 20th-century classical composers, especially Scriabin. His lines rumble and swirl in a thoughtful, organic way, sometimes punctuated by massive chiming chords."
-- Steve Holtje

As an added bonus, the trio celebrated the release of their newest recording, "Root of Things."


. . . available at Relative Pitch Records


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