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Venue:
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery1616 Walnut Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:00pm

Digital Primitives

Cooper-Moore, diddly-bo + banjo
Assif Tsahar, tenor saxophone + bass clarinet
Chad Taylor, drums

As a composer, performer, instrument builder, storyteller, teacher, mentor, and organizer, Cooper-Moore has been a major, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, catalyst in the world of creative music for over 30 years. As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant-jazz date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early 1970s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 - the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. A recording of this group was made in 1977, and later issued as Birth of a Being on hatHut under Ware¹s name. Following an evidently rather trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and completely destroyed his piano, with sledgehammer and fire, in his backyard. He didn¹t play piano again until some years after, instead focusing his energies from 1981-1985 on developing and implementing curriculum to teach children through music via the Head Start program.

Returning to New York in 1985, he spent a great part of his creative time working and performing with theatre and dance productions, largely utilizing his hand-crafted instruments. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his group, In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore¹s pianistic gifts were again regularly featured in a jazz context. For this rare Philadelphia appearance, he performs with the collective Digital Primitives featuring Israeli tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist Assif Tsahar, known for his work with Cecil Taylor, Rashied Ali, Peter Kowald, William Parker and Hamid Drake; and drummer Chad Taylor, a member of the Chicago Underground Duo and Iron and Wine, and a major contributor to Chicago's post-rock scene where he has recorded or collaborated with Tortoise, Isotope 217, Stereolab, Sam Prekop and Jim O'Rourke.