Pianist, composer, bandleader, innovator, catalyst – the internationally acclaimed Keith Tippett is all these things and more — The Wire

Creative pianist–composer Keith Tippett is a national treasure [and] one of our most innovative — Jazzwise

RIP Keith Graham Tippett [1947 -2020]


''May music never become another way of making money''

- Keith Tippett

We are deeply saddened by the death of Keith Tippett. A sincere, gentle, loving, vivacious and incredible spirit who gave not only through his music but through his teaching, inspiring hundreds of students worldwide. His achievements are many, through performance, leading the way in the world of improvisation and  composition, pushing the boundaries of jazz and Western Classical music as we understand it and as an educator most notably at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Dartington Arts. However, his largest achievements, he would agree, are his children Inca and Luke and his life long journey with soul mate Julie Tippetts.  It is our intention that this site will become a resource and an In Memoriam tribute to Bristol's maestro of the avant-garde.  

"Keith Tippett is one of three musicians of my generation who continues to influence and guide my musical thinking. Keith’s music speaks for itself. Perhaps less well-known is Keith’s stature as an ethical musician, a good man. Fly well, Brother Keith! My gratitude to you."'' - Robert Fripp

To read John Fordham's Guardian obituary please see here

For Duncan Heining's All About Jazz obituary please see here

To read The Wire's obituary please see here


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It's a work of great spiritual depth and power, radiating its beams of light as though shining through stained glass -- the motif of the cover design. I remember Keith telling me about it with special pride. Now everyone can hear it, and join the long applause that filled the cathedral at the conclusion of a marvellous performance that reveals a different and very precious facet of the soul of a great musician. – Richard Williams, THE BLUE MOMENT
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