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Photos: Cecil Taylor at the Whitney Museum

Pianist closes his "Open Plan" residency with second performance

Cecil Taylor: Words & Music, performance at Whitney Museum of American Art, April 23, 2016
Cecil Taylor (left) with Harri Sjöström, Okkyung Lee, Jackson Krall and Tony Oxley. Whitney Museum, NYC, April 2016
Cecil Taylor gives his final public performance, at the Whitney Museum of American Art on April 23, 2016 (photo: Paula Court)
Cecil Taylor: Words & Music, performance at Whitney Museum of American Art, April 23, 2016
Cecil Taylor gives his final public performance, at the Whitney Museum of American Art on April 23, 2016 (photo: Paula Court)

Cecil Taylor closed his “Open Plan” exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art with a dynamic improvised set on Saturday, April 23. Ticket sales were announced just two days prior to the show; a first performance, with the dancer Min Tanaka, the musician Tony Oxley and an unannounced ensemble, took place on April 14, and received rave reviews.

Taylor spent much of the second half of the set reading poetry as the rest of the group accompanied. The show featured Taylor on piano, Okkyung Lee (cello), Oxley (electronics), Harri Sjöström (saxophones) and Jackson Krall (drums).

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