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Peter Kuhn – William Parker – Laurence Cook Trio


Real Art Ways welcomes noted clarinetist Peter Kuhn in a rare East Coast appearance with long time collaborators William Parker on bass and Laurence Cook on drums.

Peter was active in the NYC loft scene of the 70’s with releases on Hat Hut, Soul Note and his own label Big City Records. He has played and recorded with the likes of Frank Lowe, Billy Bang, Lester Bowie and Alex Cline to name a few. After a long hiatus his re-emergence on the new music scene has been heralded with two releases on the NoBusiness label and one on pfMENTUM that were on more than eight “Best of 2016” CD lists between them, including the prestigious NPR critics poll.

Peter is a Zen Priest, ordained in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and committed to healing and transformation in work in prisons and the community. His music is cutting edge and Peter believes it is a powerful medium of transforming the collective consciousness, opening hearts, minds and literally creating new neural pathways for more harmonious living.

William Parker is a famous for his work with Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, et al. He is a prolific composer and social activist. He is a founder of the Vision Festival in NYC, and remains committed to socially engaged music, education and spiritual healing. He has scores of records as leader and uncountable more as a side man, including on Kuhn’s earlier releases “Livin’ Right”, “The Kill” and “Ghost of a Trance”. Mr. Parker is also a published poet and author; a true and wonderful force of nature.

Laurence Cook is a master percussionist most famous for his ground breaking work with Bill Dixon. He has also recorded with Paul Bley, Annette Peacock, Mario Pavone, Bobby Naughton, Joe Morris, Michael Moss, Jameel Moondoc and many more.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these gifted musicians in the intimate atmosphere of Real Art Ways – we hope you can join us!

Learn more about Peter Kuhn at his website.

More about William Parker
William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.”

In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

Parker’s current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore.  Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others.

Go to William Parker’s website.

More about Laurence Cook
Drummer Laurence Cook is a late first-generation American free improviser. Born in Boston, Cook attended art school there, before moving to N.Y.C. in the early ’60s and working as a longshoreman.

Although he has no recordings as a leader, Cook appears on many albums starting in the late ’60s and stretching all the way through the ’90s. He recorded with Alan Silva (on Skillfullness), the Godz, and Paul Bley during Bley’s electronic period. During the ’70s, Cook returned to Boston and collaborated with pianist/physicist Lowell Davidson until later in the decade when he began working in Bill Dixon’s bands. Cook appears on several of Dixon’s recordings and continued to work with him through the late ’80s.

Cook was tied up with day gigs for much of the early ’90s, but in 1996 he returned to more high-profile performing and recording. During the last half of the ’90s he worked with Jamell Moondoc, Thurston Moore, and Sabir Mateen, among others.

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$10; $5 Real Art Ways Members