11–12 June 2018
Delighted to welcome one of the all-time great jazz pianists, Burton Greene, to OTO for a very special two-day residency. First gaining prominence on the New York scene in the 60's through his work with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Alan Silva, Greene went on to perform with a host of storied musicians, from Albert Ayler to Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton to Archie Shepp, Rashied Ali to Patty Waters (with whom he still performs to this day) before relocating to Europe. Since the 1980's his work has delved deep into the Jewish Klezmer tradition in groups including Klezmokum (along with Perry Robinson), Klez-thetics, and Klez-Edge. His extensive discography includes releases for BYG Actuel and Tzadik, as well as two albums recorded under his own name for ESP-Disk.
“Greene delivers startling keyboard extremes in mysterious ways. And it is the mystery which creates a spell-binding effect. He will mold an idea to the end of realizable possibility with the pianistic vocabulary he owns. A recognizable style might creep in and make perfect sense within the evolutionary stream. Greene's music comes from the well of experience that hosts a balance of the internal and external. Nothing can alter the music's direction.” – All About Jazz
Burton Greene was born and spent his early years in Chicago, Illinois. He had seven years of classical music training with Isadore Buchalter of the Fine Arts Building. Burton studied jazz theory and harmony with Dick Marx, and continued his music education in the "School of the Streets" of the mid 1950's from such luminaries as Billy Green and Ira Sullivan. He arrived in New York in 1962 and formed probably the first spontaneous composition group with bassist Alan Silva in '63: The Free Form Improvisation Ensemble. He joined the Jazz Composers Guild in '64 (organized by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor) and formed his first recorded quartet in '65 which included Marion Brown and Henry Grimes. He performed in New York in the 1960's with such people as Sam Rivers, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Patty Waters, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. Burton was involved with the New Music Concert Series in Town Hall and YMHA organized by Max Pollikoff which included panel discussions with Morton Feldman and Earl Brown.
Burton moved to Europe in 1969--first to Paris and then to Amsterdam. Since that time he has toured and recorded extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe with occasional tours in America. Mr. Greene has recorded over 60 records and CD's of his compositions in many and varied contexts. As an eclectic composer and performer, his works are involved with jazz, contemporary classics, electronics, and a great variety of folklore musics.
Burton has collaborated with many musicians; among them are John Tchicai, Johnny Dyani, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker, Han Bennink, Keshavan Maslak, Sunny Murray, Steve Tintweiss, Shelly Rusten, Frank Wright, Sean Bergin, Paul Stocker, Theo Loevendie, Maarten van Regteren Altena, Martin van Duynhoven, Clarence Becton, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Tjitze Vogel, Raoul van der Weide, Tom Jones, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Akki Hak, Lou Grassi, Wilber Morris, Roy Campbell, Mark Dresser, Adam Lane, Paul Smoker, Russ Nolan, Ed and George Schuller etc., etc.