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Artist’s Choice: Lafayette Gilchrist Shares His “Musical Epiphanies”

The pianist finds inspiration from Ellington, Monk, and many others

Lafayette Gilchrist
Lafayette Gilchrist (photo: Tobias Mugg)

Musical epiphanies are moments in my own listening experience that have inspired me to create. These recordings are directly or indirectly responsible for the path I’ve chosen in music. They could be divided up two ways: The first are things I heard that encouraged my own sense of compositional adventure. The second just made me want to play for hours and hours.

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Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist

Lafayette Gilchrist

Baltimore-based pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist leads the genre-defying ensembles the New Volcanoes and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars and is a member of the adventurous trio Inside Out. He has toured extensively with David Murray and performed with Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Orrin Evans, Hamid Drake, and William Parker. His compositions have graced the soundtracks of The WireThe Deuce, and Treme. His latest solo recording is Dark Matter (Lafayette Music).