Marc Hannaford is a music theorist whose interests lie at the intersection of jazz and improvisation, identity (especially race, gender, and disability), performance, and embodiment. He obtained his doctorate from Columbia University, writing a dissertation on the work of Muhal Richard Abrams. Described by Jason Moran as a pianist who has “taken full control of the music histories that interest him: from Messiaen to Earl Hines…with a new sound that only comes from within him.” Hannaford has established himself in the New York jazz and improvised music scene since his arrival from Australia in 2013. He has performed and recorded with improvised music luminaries such as Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Jen Shyu, and Ellery Eskelin. His most recent release, Can You See with Two Sets of Eyes? (with bassist Simon Jermyn and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi) was pronounced to be “advanced, contemporary, improvised, virtuosic music might sound like, a decade or more into the future” (The Weekend Australian).
Artist Website: https://marchannaford.com/
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