Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life

The music of pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim conveys an extraordinary depth in stillness. More than perhaps any other improvising artist, he knows how to turn the solitary act of introspection into a communal experience that's both transporting and immersive. There's a history behind that sorcery, which you...

Abdullah Ibrahim in Japan

Abdullah Ibrahim has toured around the world as a solitary pianist since the 1960's. His captivating performances at the famous halls and religious buildings around the world have inspired countless people. Among these many performances was one held at the World Heritage Kamigamo Shrine in...

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Abdullah Ibrahim to present two solo concerts in Cape Town in October

South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, will present two solo piano concerts at the Artscape Theatre on 13 and 14 October 2017.  The highly anticipated programme showcases Mr. Ibrahim's compositions spanning the past seventy years, influenced by people, places and events that have impacted his...

German Jazz Trophy: Abdullah Ibrahim

The German Jazz Trophy will be given to the South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim at the event center SpardaWelt on July 7th. Ibrahim is considered a defining influence on modern creative jazz and has been a musical leader in the struggle against South African apartheid throughout...

Jazz Fest – Recap of Week One

It’s not surprising yet it remains illuminating that New Orleans artists’ sets stand tall next to the superstars who perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Many of them provided some of the highlights of the festival’s first weekend and were given credos...

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Review: Abdullah Ibrahim Revisits the Past at Town Hall

Since leaving South Africa in the early 1960s to escape apartheid and pursue an international career, the jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has made music with a sense of tenuous suspension. You could say his is a gospel of near-deliverance....

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Jazz Epistles

The session is only dimly remembered now. It took place in January 1960, in the midst of the South African summer, at the Gallo recording studio in Johannesburg. The album that emerged, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, was the first full-length by a Black South African...

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German Jazz Trophy

Die German Jazz Trophy erhält in diesem Jahr der Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, der 1934 in Kapstadt auf die Welt kam. Der mit 15.000 Euro dotierte Preis, samt einer von Otto Herbert Hayek geschaffenen Skulptur, wird am  7. Juli 2017 zum Auftakt der Jazz-Open Stuttgart überreicht....

The Academy South Africa USA Japan Launch 2016

magnificent mountains around this town but very few people who dream and drown the academy ancient tradition - new relevance sound breath movement stay tuned to this wave signal ai...

Ornette In Soho

131 Prince Street

When I visited Ornette Coleman’s SoHo loft in early 1973, the threat of eviction was already hanging over him. The great saxophonist and composer had lived at 131 Prince Street since the late ’60s, when the district’s historic buildings had been under threat of demolition...