Acclaimed by Downtown Music Gallery as "one of the best pianists and composers to emerge from the downtown network over the past few years," Carl Maguire is active as a performer and collaborator with a variety of New York creative artists. His primary focus as a composer and band leader for the past six years has been realizing Floriculture.
Carl grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where his early piano teachers included Jacquelyn Patricia, Ellsworth Snyder, and Joan Wildman. He continued on to the University of Wisconsin, studying improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell.
Moving to New York in 1995, Carl engaged in a curriculum of liberal arts at Hunter College, Schenkerian analysis at Mannes, and post-tonal theory at CUNY Graduate Center. He studied piano with Fred Hersch, Marilyn Crispell, and Ursula Oppens, and of particular importance, composition with Mark Dresser.
Carl performs on piano and Rhodes, with both traditional and less-traditional techniques, and sometimes on accordion. He has performed or recorded with the Carter Thornton Assembly; Brett Sroka's Ergo; Tyshawn Sorey Quartet; The Wau Wau Sisters; Laura Andel Orchestra; Barbez; Ben Gerstein Collective; Momenta Quartet; and was a featured soloist in Butch Morris' New York Skyscraper.
Since 2001, Carl has led Floriculture. The band plays exclusively Maguire's compositions, which call on the musicians to integrate extended sections of exact notation with improvisational passages to create a vivid and compelling aural landscape. Donald Elfman says "These are exceptional players, but each man's every note is at the service of making brilliant, involving music." In 2006, Floriculture released its first album on Between The Lines, to critical acclaim. In June, 2009, Floriculture will release its second album, Sided Silver Solid, on Firehouse 12 Records.
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