Quick Chat with Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus
photo by Mike Dvorak
Pianist Ethan Iversion, former musical director for Mark Morris Dance Group, is coming to
Ethan Iverson: Reid and Dave played music together in high school, and I met Reid when he was first-year college and I was still a junior in high school. This band goes back 20 years now! However, we didn't really play a gig until 2001, when it felt really great. I had always planned to leave Mark and pursue jazz full-time, and the two jobs overlapped smoothly.
DSH: How does your time with Morris inform the work you do now?
EI: Mark showed me a magnificent blend of high and low; I think The Bad Plus is in that tradition too. I always say: I didn't get to play with John Coltane, Charles Mingus or Miles Davis, but I did get to play for Mark Morris.
DSH: And how cool is that? Let's talk about covers. As dance people we know covers. We will be covering Giselle until eternity. I am continually amazed at the available space between a piece of choreography and the dancer who re-enacts it. As musicians do you see covering a song as a spacious event as well?
EI: Sure. I cover covers in detail in this blog post.
DSH: You are all composers as well. What's the creative farming process like over there?
EI: We all write separately and bring the pieces to be fed through the machine of the three of us.
DSH: Can you talk about the
EI: We are thrilled to be playing in an area we don't get to often enough.
DSH: Talk about your new release For All I Care with Wendy Lewis.
EI: Wendy is a
DSH: What gives with the typewriter and will it be coming to
EI: Hah. I think we all have analog nostalgia these days. Sorry, just the laptops will be with us (but not on stage).
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Reprinted from Dance Source Houston.