Friday, May 2, 2008

My favorite innovator of all time?

Is there a better example of innovating on the edge than Monk? Hard for me to think of one.

And, joy of joys, serendipity being what it is, I just stumbled upon the news that tonight Oberlin College is presenting what looks like a fascinating dance-theater program titled "Misterioso: The Life and Times of Thelonious Monk." Lucky for me, Oberlin is tucked away in a little corner of N.E. Ohio, just about 30 miles to the west. Here's a snippet of the program description:

"...a multimedia show that aims to articulate multiple misconceptions of Thelonious Monk. Through the use of dance choreography, selected music of Thelonious Monk, art installations in the lobby and on the wings of the proscenium stage, as well as soundscapes of interviews with jazz musicians, friends, and admirers of Thelonious Monk, the piece highlights the complexities of this musical genius. A jazz virtuoso, Monk possessed a very complex form of musical expression. He has often been depicted as a depressed schizophrenic. Recently, however, it has been discovered that Monk may in fact have been autistic. Misterioso through its artistic vision highlights Thelonious Monk and the quirks that have made the man a legend, many of which revolve around Monk’s style as well as his idiosyncratic nature."

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