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Epistrophy Arts presents a duo performance by two masters in modern jazz and creative music, Andrew Cyrille and Billy Harper.

Cyrille studied at the Julliard and Hartnett schools of music emerging to professional gigs with such noted legends as Mary Lou Williams, and Coleman Hawkins. In 1964, Cyrille formed an eleven year association with  pianist, Cecil Taylor, establishing himself as “one of the most instinctively, musically, inventive drummers of the era.”  Since 1969, Cyrille has worked with many notable dance groups, most recently with Cleo Parker Robinson and her dance company.  

The Texas-born Harper has played with some of jazz’s greatest drummers; he served with Art Blakey’s Messengers for two years (1968–70); he played very briefly with Elvin Jones (1970), he played with the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the 1970s, and was a member of Max Roach’s band in the late 1970s. He has also been a frequent member of Randy Weston’s ensembles, and in 2013 they recorded their first album as a duo, entitled The Roots of the Blues. Harper performed on Gil Evans’ 1973 album Svengali, and contributed two of the most-performed tunes in the band’s repertoire: “Priestess” and “Thoroughbred.”

Epistrophy Arts presents a duo performance by two masters in modern jazz and creative music, Andrew Cyrille and Billy Harper.

Cyrille studied at the Julliard and Hartnett schools of music emerging to professional gigs with such noted legends as Mary Lou Williams, and Coleman Hawkins. In 1964, Cyrille formed an eleven year association with  pianist, Cecil Taylor, establishing himself as “one of the most instinctively, musically, inventive drummers of the era.”  Since 1969, Cyrille has worked with many notable dance groups, most recently with Cleo Parker Robinson and her dance company. 

The Texas-born Harper has played with some of jazz’s greatest drummers; he served with Art Blakey’s Messengers for two years (1968–70); he played very briefly with Elvin Jones (1970), he played with the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the 1970s, and was a member of Max Roach’s band in the late 1970s. He has also been a frequent member of Randy Weston’s ensembles, and in 2013 they recorded their first album as a duo, entitled The Roots of the Blues. Harper performed on Gil Evans’ 1973 album Svengali, and contributed two of the most-performed tunes in the band’s repertoire: “Priestess” and “Thoroughbred.”

Epistrophy Arts presents a duo performance by two masters in modern jazz and creative music, Andrew Cyrille and Billy Harper.

Cyrille studied at the Julliard and Hartnett schools of music emerging to professional gigs with such noted legends as Mary Lou Williams, and Coleman Hawkins. In 1964, Cyrille formed an eleven year association with  pianist, Cecil Taylor, establishing himself as “one of the most instinctively, musically, inventive drummers of the era.”  Since 1969, Cyrille has worked with many notable dance groups, most recently with Cleo Parker Robinson and her dance company. 

The Texas-born Harper has played with some of jazz’s greatest drummers; he served with Art Blakey’s Messengers for two years (1968–70); he played very briefly with Elvin Jones (1970), he played with the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the 1970s, and was a member of Max Roach’s band in the late 1970s. He has also been a frequent member of Randy Weston’s ensembles, and in 2013 they recorded their first album as a duo, entitled The Roots of the Blues. Harper performed on Gil Evans’ 1973 album Svengali, and contributed two of the most-performed tunes in the band’s repertoire: “Priestess” and “Thoroughbred.”

WHEN

WHERE

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W. 18th St.
Austin, TX 78701
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epistrophy-arts-presents-andrew-cyrille-billy-harper-duo-tickets-90175755111

TICKET INFO

$15-$30
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