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Marc Hannaford

Marc Hannaford

Described by Jason Moran as a pianist who has “taken full control of the music histories that interest him: from Messaien to Earl Hines...with a new sound that only comes from within him,” Marc Hannaford has established himself in the New York jazz and improvised music scene since his arrival from Australia in 2013. He has performed and recorded with improvised music luminaries such as Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Mark Helias, and Ellery Eskelin. His 2015 release, Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes? was described as what “advanced, contemporary, improvised, virtuosic music might sound like, a decade or more into the future” (The Weekend Australian). Marc is currently also pursing his PhD in music theory at Columbia University. His research interests include music performance, improvisation, critical identity studies, and rhythm and meter. His dissertation topic is the music of pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams.