Fred Hersch through the forest

”In the past, I never would have dared to put a 20-minute atonal improvisation like ‘Through the Forest’ on record,” the virtuoso New York-based pianist Fred Hersch explained to us when Open Book, his eleventh solo album, was released in 2017.

“It shows a different side of my personality than the Fred who plays tunes.” It is this attitude, which he shares with the most adventurous explorers, that enabled him to become genuine jazz royalty after his almost fatal coma in 2008.

After releasing a trio album that was recorded at Flagey last year and before he appears at Gent Jazz with a big band, Hersch is coming to his beloved Studio 4 at Flagey to perform all by himself.

FRED HERSCH 15/5, 20.15, Flagey

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