Kris Davis – Diatom Ribbons

Jazz Piano

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Kris Davis Trio
Kris Davis Trio © Mardok

The future sound of jazz

The fanbase of an exceptionally talented composer and pianist from Canada, based in New York City, is also slowly spreading into Europe. Kris Davis, in collaboration with kindred musical partners, is continuing to develop what is now possible in jazz and improvised music, boldly and, at the same time, organically.

Seven years ago, in March 2017 shortly after the Elbphilharmonie opened, she was one of a number of contributors you could experience in John Zorn’s »Bagatelles Marathon« in the Grand Hall. Now, Kris Davis is opening the »Jazz Piano« series of our 2024/25 season with the core ensemble of her project Diatom Ribbons.

This quite sensational band offers a lot of scope for elements that seem difficult to combine with each other: raw punk energy and polyphonic rock sounds reminiscent of Frank Zappa, shimmering textures of free jazz and straight-ahead swing, echoes of 20th century classical music and avant-garde electronics. Davis and her band weave all this and even more in real time to an exciting, steady flow of improvisational freedom.

Terri Lyne Carrington, who with esperanza spalding and Ravi Coltrane took part in the tribute concert »The Symphonic Music of Wayne Shorter« in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall in November 2023, is the quartet’s brilliant drummer. Val Jeanty contributes a significant spoken-word element over a compact arsenal of live electronics and continually delivers startling sounds.


Kris Davis piano

Val Jeanty live electronics, turntables

Nick Dunston bass

Terri Lyne Carrington drums


»Diatom Ribbons«

Estimated end time

approx. 21:30


Jazz Piano

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Stiftung Elbphilharmonie

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