Andrew Cyrille Quartet
Andrew Cyrille, drums
Bill Frisell, guitar
David Virelles, keyboards
Ben Street, bass
Presented in partnership with KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg
Renowned avant-garde jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille, whose associations have ranged from a long, vintage collaboration with pianist Cecil Taylor to performing with legendary musicians including Rahshan Roland Kirk and Freddie Hubbard, brings his quartet to the McCullough Theatre stage. Members of this all-star quartet include guitar luminary Bill Frisell, one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music; keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum, known for bringing the first Moog Synthesizer to Europe as well as being a founding member of the seminal electronic music group Musica Elettronica Viva; and highly in-demand bassist Ben Street.
A tireless workhorse in the avant-garde, Mr. Cyrille deserves substantial credit for helping to unlock a freer pulse and purpose in the music, slipping away from a metronomic framework while preserving a rigorous attention to form.
– The New York Times
- Cyrille began studying science at St. John's University, but switched his studies to The Juilliard School. His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher.
- Guitarist Bill Frisell was also a longtime member of Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until Motian's death in 2011.
- Keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy in 1964 with Goffredo Petrassi, then in 1965 with Luigi Nono.
- Bassist Ben Street is a native of Maine and is the son of saxophonist and saxophone mouthpiece maker Bill Street.