Gunther Schuller Talks Charles Mingus' 'Epitaph' at Make Music New York's New Cornelia Street Cafe Lecture Series

By Ian Holubiak on Jan 14, 2014 05:16 PM EST

The mystifying precision it takes to master a craft is one often sought through various means. Experience warrants success, but it's not easily or swiftly obtained. And every now and then one needs a guide for the journey.

Lucky for you, then, Make Music New York and Gunther Schuller have you covered.

In partnership with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, MMNY's maiden foray into public lecturing will feature Schuller's look into Charles Mingus' essential Epitaph, 25 years after its posthumous premiere. The event proposes an in-depth analysis of the Mingus opus, focusing on its function as a 4,000-bar piece worth knowing.

Don't worry too much, though. Whereas Epitaph takes more than two hours to perform, you'll only need an hour for Schuller's talk.

Apropos, the lecture will be held at one of our favorite small venues, Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street) on January 15 at 6 p.m. There is no cover charge but because this is a jazz club, you'll want to purchase some food and drink(s). Be sure to get there early to grab a seat.

Make Music New York will also feature tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee and sonic branding expert Wilson Brown in the coming months.  As with Schuller on Mingus, each guest will lecture for an hour, following it up with a Q&A.

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