Jazz Appreciation Society
Crossing borders between jazz, classical and 'new' music
Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, has died. As a composer, Abrams worked in a billowing sprawl of settings, from solo to quartet to big band and beyond.
His large-canvas works have been performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. He also wrote chamber pieces for ensembles like The String Trio of New York, Bang on a Can and Kronos Quartet, which premiered his String Quartet No. 2 in 1985 at Carnegie Hall's intimate space now known as Weill Recital Hall. >>
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