I wrote Biped for Merce Cunningham in 1999 and have performed the piece live many times with the company. After Merce’s death in 2009 the company continued to perform his work up to the end of 2011 – a Legacy Tour. In the last period of this tour, between October and December, I played for the final performances in London (Barbican Theatre, October 8), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM, December 8) and the final performances of all: five – four evenings and one afternoon – at the Theatre de la Ville, Paris (December 20-23). I spent a lot of time during ths whole period with my good friend Tony Creamer, the treasurer of the Cunningham Company. At the time of the London performance he visited me in my village and we had dinner in London, along with my wife and three of my children;in New York our plans for dinner didn’t materialise so instead we went to see my old collaborator and friend Bill Frisell at the Village Vanguard; in Paris my wife, son and other daughter (who wasn’t in London) were there too. It was an emotional time: poignant and a little sad, but at the same times a celebration of one of the greatest choreographers of all time.
1. GB taking bow
2. Bill Frisell at Village Vanguard (Tony Creamer’s photo)
3. Tony Creamer hosted dinner for musicians and family during final Paris performances