Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.
Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet for well over a decade and occasionally performs with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter. For over 15 years Iverson’s website Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis, surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.”
For five years, Iverson was the musical director for the Mark Morris Dance Group. This relationship has indirectly led to gratifying projects outside jazz like writing a piece for the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and performing 20th-century classical music on tour with New Yorker critic Alex Ross. More recently Iverson as written suites for Dance Heginbotham, “Easy Win,” and the Mark Morris Dance Group, “Pepperland.”
In 2018 Iverson will be premiering “Concerto to Scale” with the American Composers Orchestra and releasing a duo album with Mark Turner on ECM.
Articles by Ethan Iverson:
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