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Matthew Shipp Duo will face off at an Ars Nova Workshop

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Michael Bisio and Matthew Shipp | photo via Ars Nova Workshop

A noted boxing fan, pianist Matthew Shipp has become renowned for his pugilistic approach to the keyboard. His attack ranges from forceful chords struck with the impact of a haymaker to the jaw, to fleet, graceful lines that float like the proverbial butterfly. His insistent motifs repeat and land with the effectiveness of perfectly-timed combinations, asserting melodies as memorable as they are strident.

He’s also become infamous for sporting a boxer’s braggadocio off the bandstand, taking audacious shots at some of jazz’s most sacred cows in interviews, backed up by his own ability to create sounds that are both primal and immediate, that stick in the brain while simultaneously challenging it.

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