Carl Maguire, piano and compositions: grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where his early piano teachers included Jacquelyn Patricia, Ellsworth Snyder, and Joan Wildman. At the University of Wisconsin he studied 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. He has performed or recorded with the Brett Sroka's Ergo, Tyshawn Sorey Quartet, The Wau Wau Sisters, Laura Andel Orchestra, Barbez, 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 aural landscape. Floriculture's release on Between The Lines (Germany) was short-listed by several reviewers and hailed by Glenn Astarita as "one of the true modern jazz surprises of 2006.”
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