UCCA Beijing

Jazz Composition Workshop with Ted Nash: Inspired by Rauschenberg

2016.8.15 - 2016.8.17

Location:  UCCA

During an eighteen-hour workshop spread across three days, Ted Nash shares insight and experience with a selection of local musicians. Continuing in the vein of his album "Portrait in Seven Shades", in which he drew inspiration from several MoMA masterpieces, the workshop focuses on improvisation. Using Rauschenberg works as primary material, the musicians compose melodies inspired by the current exhibition "Rauschenberg in China." During morning improvisation sets and afternoon workshops, audiences can enjoy the creative process, which culminates in Ted Nash’s performances on 19 and 20 August.

Ted Nash’s UCCA Residency is co-produced by Barbash Arts Consulting. Additional support comes from Steinway and Sons.

Ticketing: Free

*Reservations required. Space is limited. Please call +86 10 5780 0200 from Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 to book.


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*Please no late entry;

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Ted Nash (Jazz composer and saxophonist)

Born in 1960 in Los Angeles, Ted Nash lives in New York City. A well-known jazz composer and saxophonist, he is a member of the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Ted Nash’s contribution to Jazz lies in the association of music and images, breaking the boundaries between these two art forms. In 2010, he created his famous piece “Portrait in Seven Shades,” a large-scale jazz music composition divided into seven movements, each referring to a visual artist: Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Pollock and Van Gogh. Nash’s creative way and process follow jazz principles for mastering the art of the “scene” and the “impromptu”. He brought his instruments to MoMA, New York, immersing himself deeply in the works of different artists, creating a melody in accordance with the improvisation principles of the stage.