Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano – 5/28 at the Project Lodge
Saturday, May 28th
9pm – 2 sets
Project Lodge 817 East Johnson Street
Joe McPhee is a free jazz giant. At 71, he is something of a patron saint of the scene, having emerged during the first wave of post-Ayler wailers as a distinct voice on both tenor and pocket trumpet. His debut on Clifford Thornton’s 1967 album Freedom and Unity saw McPhee on trumpet in the company of Jimmy Garrison and Karl Berger, among others. His career cuts across a broad swath of the improvised music landscape, having established himself as a master improviser in settings ranging from free improv with U.K. originators Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Paul Lytton; to masta’ blasta’ free jazz skronk with Mats Gustavson’s The Thing and Ken Vandermark; to uber-sparse sound explorations with Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening Band. Joe McPhee appears on over 60 recordings; many of which are on the the excellent Hat Hut label, which Werner Uehlinger founded specifically to release McPhee’s music.
It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say Chris Corsano is a rock star of free jazz. The guy played with Bjork, fer chrissakes. Even at its most kinetic, there is a serenity and focus to his playing that makes him stand out from the swelling ranks of creative improvisers. He has performed with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, and was the drummer on Bjork’s Volta tour. How’s THAT for street cred? Oh yeah, and he’s touring with some guy named Joe McPhee. No biggie.
“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold.” – Dan Warburton, The Wire (April 2006)
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Needless to say, this show is going to be ill. 2 sets from the duo, no opener, only 8 bucks. Don’t let this be the one all your hipster friends rub in your face (Brotzmann, anyone?).