The 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate

Arts and Philosophy

Cecil Taylor

U.S.A. / March 25, 1929
Jazz Musician

【An Innovative Jazz Musician Who Has Fully Explored the Possibilities of Piano Improvisation】

One of the most original pianists in the history of free jazz, Mr. Cecil Taylor has developed his innovative improvisation departing from conventional idioms through distinctive musical constructions and percussive renditions, thereby opening new possibilities in jazz. His unsurpassed virtuosity and strong will inject an intense, vital force into his music, which has exerted a profound influence on a broad range of musical genres.