What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I would have to say that A Love Supreme by John Coltrane was the work of art that changed my life. I heard it when I was 28 years old, and in that moment, knew that I had to return to playing music (which I'd stopped for 6 or 7 years), and that it would be jazz. It was not just the music, but the spiritual nature of the music—I felt completely pulled towards it, was overcome by a powerful feeling of love—I don't know how else to say it. I've never had any other experience like it.
A bold and adventurous pianist, Marilyn Crispell grew up in Baltimore and studied at Peabody. With percussionist/composer Gerry Hemingway, she performs at An die Musik Live! on March 14th. Her latest cd, Vignettes, is available from ECM Records.