Tyshawn Sorey: Ode to Gust Burns (2012)
Eight years ago, on a cold, rainy day in New York City, the pianist Vijay Iyer and I decided to listen to some music together at his apartment; we listened to a CD containing four solo improvisations by Seattle-based pianist/composer Gust Burns, whose music was astonishingly beautiful. Burns creates a unique dialogue between gesture and rhythm in his improvisations. His approach to piano performance opens up a world of sound complexes, creating a fresh, relevant language of improvisation. Burns' work continues to inspire me as an improviser and composer, and Ode to Gust Burns directly deals with my initial exposure to his music.