Carla Bley Trio is the next headliner at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
Pianist and composer Carla Bley was born in Oakland, California in 1936. She began writing music after meeting her future husband, pianist Paul Bley. When saxophonist Ornette Coleman came on the scene in the mid-fifties, Paul Bley immediately hired him and Carla Bley was exposed nightly to free playing, a powerful influence that was to affect her writing for many years. At the end of the sixties Gary Burton recorded Carla’s first extended work, A Genuine Tong Funeral. Shortly after, Charlie Haden asked her to arrange and write for The Liberation Music Orchestra.
Playing duets with guitarist Steve Swallow, which started as recreation, soon turned professional and Swallow and Bley toured and recorded as a duo regularly. They now live in contented isolation, in the mountains of upstate New York. Bandleader and composer Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra.
Carla Bley was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1972 for music composition. In 2009, she was awarded the German Jazz Trophy “A Life for Jazz”. She is the recipient of the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Award.
At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 Carla Bley visits the intimate setting in DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 with her longtime collaborators Sheppard and Swallow for a night of minimalist melancholy – a journey showcasing the material from their latest two records on ECM and much more.
Line-up: Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (bass), Andy Sheppard (sax).