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After commissioning The Bad Plus to perform Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in 2011, Duke Performances has asked the trio to interpret Ornette Coleman's album Science Fiction. Joined by Tim Berne, Sam Newsome, and Ron Miles, The Bad Plus premiered the work at Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, and performs again with the same group at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014.

Rather than simply re-creating the record, the ensemble is approaching the music as a "gate-way to self-expression," Ethan Iverson said. "Coleman has heard the group's arrangement and given his blessing to the project."

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