Photographs by Jonathan Flanders
Quite the celebration it was! It was the kick-off concert of the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s spring season. And it was the debut of the Sanctuary’s new nine-foot Baldwin grand piano, which was still being unwrapped just hours before the performance.
And who better to inaugurate the 88 than acclaimed jazzman Matthew Shipp and his trio featuring drummer Whit Dickey and Troy native-bass master Michael Bisio. The Sanctuary had sponsored a concert by the trio four years ago at Troy’s Arts Center for the Capital Region, and that concert ended up on Shipp’s Art of the Improviser album a year later.
But this time around they were playing at the Sanctuary, and they were celebrating the release of their new album, Root of Things, with a thought-provoking performance that was both meditative and edgy, adventurous and accessible.