Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize at a May 12 ceremony i
Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize at a May 12 ceremony in Stockholm, preceded by a May 7 performance by Jarrett -- accompanied by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette -- at the Stockholm Konzerthus.
The citation announcing the award praised Jarrett's improvisational and compositional abilities, saying his "musical artistry is characterized by his ability to effortlessly cross boundaries in the world of music."
Jarrett was in his early-20s when he first began turning heads as a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet. He later starred in Miles Davis' fusion groups of the late 1960s and early '70s before striking out on his own with his landmark 1971 ECM debut, "Facing You." Jarrett is perhaps best known for his often astonishing improvised solo concert performances, best captured on 1975's "Koln Concert."
Over the past decade, Jarrett has recorded and toured extensively with Peacock and DeJohnette, and has a handful of European and U.S. shows on tap with the group throughout the year.
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson -- publisher, lyricist, and manager of ABBA -- and was first awarded in 1992. Anderson donated a large sum of money to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music with the aim of creating the award, which is administered by the organization. Along with the honor, the prize includes an award of 1 million Swedish Crowns (U.S. $120,000).
Past recipients of the award include Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Sir Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Isaac Stern, Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog, Miriam Makeba, and Sofia Gubaidulina. For more information, visit the Polar Music Prize Web site.
Here are Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette's tour dates:
April 11: Newark, N.J. (NJ Performing Arts Center)
April 27: Paris (Olympia)
May 3: London (Royal Festival Hall)
May 5: Brussels (Palais de Beaux Arts)
May 7: Stockholm (Konzerthus)
Sept. 19: New York (Carnegie Hall)
Nov. 12: Los Angeles (Disney Concert Hall)