Deer Isle Jazz Festival

featuring Craig Taborn

Deer Isle Jazz Festival

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival returns to the historic Stonington Opera House for its 22nd year. Headliner Craig Taborn, “has become one of the best jazz pianists alive,” says New York Times Magazine. “The experience of sharing live music is more potent than ever right now,” comments Jazz Festival co-founder Larry Blumenfeld, who writes about music for the Wall Street Journal and who fell in love with Deer Isle decades ago. “And the magic of Craig Taborn’s piano playing makes a great match for our intimate, acoustically charmed opera house. Meditative musical moods will envelop us, sonic surprises will ring out, and overtones will dance around the rafters,” said Blumenfeld.

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival is underwritten in part with a special gift from Rich & Mary Howe.

July 29 -30, 2022

Opening night features Craig Taborn in a solo piano performance, with opening act The Tasty Bites, an eight-piece jazz ensemble from George Stevens Academy directed by Phelan Gallagher. 

Craig Taborn (piano) will headline a trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Ches Smith (drums). This trio is a collective of established composer-musician-bandleaders; NPR called guitarist Mary Halvorson “the most future-seeking guitarist working right now”; Ches Smith is among the most sought-after drummers in New York City. The opening band is led by saxophonist Danny Fisher-Lochhead who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine and has performed at the previous two Deer Isle Jazz Festivals. 

About Craig Taborn

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Craig Taborn has been performing piano and electronic music in the jazz, improvisational, and creative music scene for over twenty five years. He has experience composing for and performing in a wide variety of situations including jazz, new music, electronic, rock, noise and avant garde contexts.

Taborn has played and recorded with many luminaries in the field of jazz, improvised, new music and electronic music including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Lester Bowie, Dave Holland, Time Berne, John Zorn, Evan Parker, Steve Coleman, David Torn, Christ Potter, William Parker, Vijay Iyer, Kris Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Susie Ibarra, Ikue Mori, Carl Craig, Dave Douglas, Meat Beat Manifesto, Dan Weiss, Chris Lightcap, Gerald Cleaver, and Rudresh Manhathappa.

Taborn is currently occupied creating and performing music for solo piano performance (Avenging Angel), piano trio (Craig Taborn Trio), and electronic project (Junk Magic), the Daylight Ghosts Quartet, a piano/drums, electronics duo with Dave King (Heroic Enthusiasts) and a new trio with Tomeka Reid and Ches Smith as well as piano duo collaborations with Vijay Iyer (The Transitory Poems), Kris Davis (Octopus) and Cory Smythe. He is also a member of the instrumental electronic art-pop group Golden Valley is Now and performs frequently on solo electronics. His conceptual work 60 x Sixty is now available worldwide, for free at

Craig lives in Brooklyn.