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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

Cecil Taylor: Floating Gardens

In Memoriam: Cecil Taylor
March 25, 1929 - April 5, 2018

During his decades of ever-evolving work in the realms of performance, composition, as a band leader, a soloist, and collaborator, Cecil Taylor has created his own performative language. While his music is widely known, he has for decades been writing astonishing poetry and only occasionally performing it in public.

A three week festival celebrated the opening of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in October 2008.

On October 5, 2008, Cecil Taylor read his poetry in the new Theater at EMPAC.