Fred Hersch's My Coma Dreams tells a true story of love at the dividing line between life and death. An HIV-positive jazz musician is rushed to the hospital after a mild cough has become a massive infection, shutting down every organ in his body. The doctors put him into a medically induced coma where he experiences a highly personal dream world, full of vivid experiences of confinement and release, of surreal comedy and ineffable beauty. Meanwhile, his partner fights through real-world panic and despair. My Coma Dreams combines music, words, and images in fluid and ever-changing combinations.
Hersch will lead two performances of his opus this Saturday, March 2 at Columbia University's Miller Theater at 3PM and 8PM.