John Tilbury

/  John Tilbury/Keith Rowe – Concert – Kinoteatr 18.08 21:00 /

John Tilbury (born 1936) – British pianist, improviser. As a scholarship holder, he studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and later with James Gibb. Thanks to the scholarship granted by the Polish government he also studied with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw (together with Zygmunt Krauze). In 1968 he won the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands and since that time has concentrated on performing contemporary, experimental, and avant-garde music. He has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers, such as David Bedford, Howard Skempton, Dave Smith, Michael Parsons, John White, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Terry Riley and Cornelius Cardew, whose biography he has written. He is also renowned for his interpretations of Morton Feldman’s works, collected in an impressive, four-album publication All Piano. Specializing in contemporary avant-garde piano music, he is often compared to David Tudor. Tilbury’s work is not limited to classical or ‘academic’ music – he regularly collaborates with musicians representing improvised music scene. Since 1980 he has been a member of the legendary AMM ensemble (together with Eddie Prévost and Keith Rowe) and recently has collaborated with electronic supergroup MIMEO, which resulted in a widely recognized recording ‘The Hands of Caravaggio’, released as MIMEO/John Tilbury.