Legend Muhal Richard Abrams is a world renowned composer and pianist originally from Chicago, now residing in New York. A lifelong student of experimentation, he is one of the creators and foremost practitioners of creative improvised music. As performing musician, he has developed a highly respected command of a variety of musical styles both as a pianist and composer. The versatile Mr. Abrams and members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), of which he is co-founder, are responsible for some of the most original new music approaches of the last two decades.
Young Lion Reginald Robinson recently won the MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his brilliant and largely self-taught pianism. He is a young man writing contemporary ragtime compositions that are completely authentic in form, yet utterly contemporary and fresh to the ear. Launching a new direction in his career, Robinson will feature his original compositions with the Fulcrum Point chamber orchestra.