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Thelonious Monk: Modernist Pioneer

Culture& commemorates the centenary of the birth of jazz composer Thelonious Monk.

Culture& in association with the British Library present a specially curated evening of live performance and an illustrated lecture to celebrate the life of iconic jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

Epitomising artistic originality, candid eccentricity and indifference to conventional rules of performance, Thelonious Monk emerged in the 1940s to become one of the high priests of bebop. Regarded as one of the most enigmatic and unusual jazz composers, Monk, whose unique improvisational style, with rigorously structured and surreal themes, created some of the most innovative and unsentimentally beautiful music in the history of jazz. 

 

 

Wednesday 11th October 2017
7.30- 9.30pm

Knowledge Centre
British Library
96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB

With pianist, composer and bandleader Peter Edwards on solo piano and Filomena Campus on vocals, the duo will perform Monk’s most famous compositions including ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Rhythm-a-Ning’ and ‘Blue Monk’.

Analysis, poetry and biographical commentary will be explored in a panel discussion led by Errol Francis, Artistic Director of Culture& and American writer and cultural critic Candace Allen, whose work explores the social and political power of music. 

Monk: Modernist Pioneer will be Culture&’s second new music event of 2017 featuring contemporary composers in new dynamic configurations.

This event is a trailer to the Arts Council sponsored tour of Monk Misterioso: A Journey into the Silence of Thelonious Monk by Theatralia – directed by Filomena Campus – with text by Stefano Benni and featuring UK jazz stars, that will be part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at Kings Place on 18 November.

 

Image: Portrait of Thelonious Monk at Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947 by William P Gottlieb. Courtesy Library of Congress.

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