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May 2 , 2012

Craig Taborn wins North Sea Prize

Pianist Craig Taborn, has won the North Sea Jazz Festival’s Paul Ackert Award. Every year, the festival gives the Paul Acket Award to “an artist deserving wider recognition for extraordinary musicianship…. With this award the North Sea Jazz organisation wants to highlight talented jazz musicians at the beginning of their career. These artists are already known within the jazz scene, but not yet recognized by a wider audience. Besides a trophy, the winner of the Paul Acket Awards also receives a cheque of 5000 euro…The winner of the Paul Acket Award 2012 is the American composer and pianist, Craig Taborn. Taborn is an American pianist and composer, who started his career in the 1990s. He plays in a broad context of music, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to far beyond.”

Taborn first recorded for ECM fifteen years ago as a member of Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory on “Nine To Get Ready”, and was subsequently on albums with the Transatlantic Art Ensemble co-curated by Mitchell and Evan Parker (“Composition/Improvisation Nos 1, 2 & 3” and “Boustrophedon”). There have been further recordings also with the Michael Formanek Quartet: “The Rub and Spare Change” and the forthcoming “Small Places”. Craig’s first solo album for the label “Avenging Angel”, issued in 2011, received outstanding press reactions worldwide, and has just led to two new nominations for Taborn. The New York-based Jazz Journalists Association has announced that Taborn is nominated in two categories in its Annual Awards, for Best Pianist and Best Recording.