Live at the Gardner

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March 9, 2017 – James Carter plays bass clarinet in the Raphael Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on Thursday. The three-hour set, during which Carter performed solo improvisations in different rooms, was part of a new “pop-up gallery performance series” at the museum. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 9, 2017 – James Carter performs in the Gothic Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston Thursday, opposite a portrait of Gardner herself. On the table between them is a bound collection of medieval music notation. “A Gregorian choir book?” said Carter, as he launched into a droning improvisation reminiscent of Gregorian chant. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 9, 2017 – A visitor pauses in the central courtyard of the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston on Thursday. That evening’s pop-up concert by James Carter could be heard throughout the historic palace galleries. The performance also coincided with a special exhibition of sound art, including artist Lee Mingwei’s immersive soundscape of “insect sounds and amphibian night calls,” which played from speakers throughout the courtyard. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 9, 2017 – Museum visitors look on as James Carter performs in the Raphael Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Although largely improvised, Carter’s performance was peppered with diverse musical references inspired by his surroundings, including the “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen, jazz standards like “Honey Suckle Rose,” and a lengthy rendition of the spiritual “We Shall Overcome.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 9, 2017 – John Singer Sargent’s “El Jaleo” hangs next to a mirror in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Thursday’s pop-up performance by James Carter continues a long tradition of live music at the museum. Gardner herself was a lover and patron of music, and many of the works she collected—including this one—depict musical themes. Photo by Ian Coss.
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