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The Bad Plus Performs The Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction, National Concert Hall, Dublin, 12 April


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As part of the extraordinary weekend of music that is April Jazz, The Bad Plus with very special guests will perform Ornette Coleman’s classic album Science Fiction (Columbia, 1972) in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Sunday, 12 April, 8pm.

Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album Science Fiction, “a stunningly inventive and appropriately alien-sounding blast of manic energy...it's overflowing with brilliance” (Allmusic), is widely considered a landmark recording and especially so for pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus. Coleman’s singular combination of melodic beauty and avant-garde openness is enhanced by overdubs, vocals and a sonic production unlike any other jazz recording in existence.

Science Fiction boldly insists on new spectrums of music that are possible. Since the original album features a substantial horn presence, The Bad Plus is teaming up with an additional trio of accomplished musicians from three generations of jazz—trumpeter Ron Miles and saxophonists Tim Berne and Sam Newsome.

There will be vocals and possibly an electronic element as the vision of Ornette Coleman is explored by an extraordinary grouping of musicians. “Searching for beauty” will be the ensemble’s prime directive.

Support comes from Dublin electro-improvisers OKO.

“The Bad Plus are a reminder that American jazz hasn't gone to sleep. Play any of their albums and their collective sound leaps out of your speaker, steps all over your furniture and scares the bejesus out of the cat.” —Observer Music Monthly

“OKO’s music points towards a future where no one cares what it’s called.” —The Irish Times

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