Pianist John Tilbury is acclaimed not only as an unequalled interpreter of contemporary composers, but for his work as a free improviser. He is particularly known for his many seminal recordings and performances of the work of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Howard Skempton, and as an improviser for his work with The Scratch Orchestra with Cornelius Cardew and the legendary group AMM.
This concert with The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra, will feature a composition, written by John Tilbury, which uses a text from an important figure for him, Samuel Beckett. In this piece, the text is the determining factor, with the musicians responding to it in a thoughtful and reflective way. John writes, ‘it is self-sustaining and private, of a quiet intensity’. This concert will also include John improvising with and directing the orchestra for the second half of the concert.