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Craig Taborn Unveils Experimental Composition 60 X Sixty

Work consisting of 60 one-minute pieces of music played randomly makes its online debut

Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn (photo: Tim Berne)

Keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn’s new conceptual electronic music work, 60 X Sixty, is now available worldwide to stream for free.

The work consists of 60 pieces of music, each about 60 seconds long and each very different from the others in both aesthetic and process. The web interface, which consists of a “play” button, shuffles the pieces into random order when activated.

“Every subsequent play shuffles the deck,” Taborn says. “In time new pieces may be added as others are removed.”

60 X Sixty isn’t Taborn’s only new project. A new solo piano album called Shadow Plays—a sequel of sorts to his lauded 2010 disc Avenging Angel—will be released by the ECM label on October 8. The following day he’ll be performing with frequent piano-duo partner Kris Davis at the Boulezsaal in Berlin, Germany, before beginning an 11-day European tour covering Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the U.K., and Spain with a trio led by saxophonist Chris Potter and also featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. Their October 19 and 20 shows at the King George Jazz Club in Cologne will be streamed live. 

To hear 60 X Sixty, visit 60xsixty.com. Visit Craig Taborn’s website for more information.