Cecil Taylor Awarded Japan’s Kyoto Prize

Prize is nation’s highest private award for global achievement

Cecil Taylor

Pianist/composer Cecil Taylor is among the recipients of the 29th annual Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. Taylor was named in the category of Arts and Philosophy (field: Music). The announcement was made Sunday in Kyoto, Japan, by the non-profit Inamori Foundation.

The other recipients are Dr. Robert Dennard (in the category of Advanced Technology) and Dr. Masatoshi Nei (Basic Sciences)

All three laureates are in Kyoto for the week to attend the ceremony, hold lectures and workshops, and participate in youth development programs at area institutes. They will reconvene in San Diego, Calif., March 17-20, 2014, to participate in North America’s 13th annual Kyoto Prize Symposium, a three-day celebration of the lives and works of the laureates with an opening Gala and ongoing lectures at San Diego-area co-host universities.

For more information about the Kyoto Prize and a webcast of the ceremony, visit Kyoto Prize.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.