FIAF > Cultural Events > Crossing the Line 2008

World Premiere
The Bad Plus
and Benoît Delbecq

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 8:30pm

Part of Crossing the Line: FIAF Festival 2008

Crossing the Line: FIAF Fall Festival 2008

Whether burning through lucid deconstructions of ABBA and Nirvana, complex thickets of improvisation, or simply relishing a beautiful melody, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus never played a lick that wasn’t madly enticing or entirely original. For their FIAF debut, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King pair their wildly eclectic sound with another like-minded artist—the brilliant French pianist Benoît Delbecq—for an evening of jazz turned inside-out.

The perfect compliment to the trio’s exuberant style, Delbecq’s sound-world is populated by beautifully austere, crystalline structures rooted in electronics and a meticulously prepared piano.

Delbecq begins with a solo set, followed by a duet with Bad Plus drummer David King before the full trio converges to perform a set that will include a special FIAF commission based on “Ballade de Melody Nelson,” by French singer/songwriter, actor, and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg.

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street


Ticket Price
FIAF Members $15
Non-Members $25


The Bad Plus ©Mike Dvorak

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