FRIDAY MAY 17
10 PM - $40
BARRE PHILLIPS SOLO
Barre Phillips : contrebasse
A solo performance by BARRE PHILLIPS is something to be treasured. PHILLIPS was born in the USA, but he has been living in France for a long time. He is credited with releasing the very first doublebass solo album (Journal Violone, 1968) and possibly the first doublebass duo album (in 1971, with Dave Holland). His name is met with respect, reverence, and devotion among “those in the know”!
Early in his career, PHILLIPS played with Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, and Lee Konitz. His trio with John Surman and Stu Martin left a lasting mark at the tail end of the 1960s. He was a regular member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra for two decades. PHILLIPS is also a dear friend of FIMAV, where he has performed numerous times. His solo album Camouflage (1990) on Les Disques VICTO remains a reference.
Now 84 years old, PHILLIPS keeps a lighter schedule than before, but he recently turned in a gorgeous solo record on ECM entitled End to End, which will stand as the ultimate distillation of his artistry. Do not miss this opportunity to hear his legendary tone in the flesh.
PETER BRÖTZMANN / HEATHER LEIGH / KEIJI HAINO
GERMANY, USA, JAPAN
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Peter Brötzmann : saxophone ténor, tarogato, clarinette
Heather Leigh : guitare pedal steel
Keiji Haino : guitare électrique, électroniques, polygonola, percussion
Just putting these three names side by side is enough to give goosebumps! PETER BRÖTZMANN, the German pioneer of European free jazz, a tireless blower capable of the sweetest and the most vociferous tones. HEATHER LEIGH, the early-fortysomething American (now settled in Scotland) who is reinventing the pedal steel guitar – an instrument rarely heard in free improvisation – and turning it into something uncannily unique when she adds her voice to it. Finally, KEIJI HAINO, the Japanese shaman, whose every performance either entrances or alienates, but never – NEVER – bores.
BRÖTZMANN and LEIGH have been working together for a few years now. They make an improbable duo, as they are separated by age, distance, approach and instrumentation, but they share the same spirit of exploration and an obviously high level of synergy. They already have four albums out, the latest one being Sparrow Nights (Trost, Nov. 2018). In the spring of last year, HAINO joined them (on electric guitar and electronics) for a tour of Europe. And this very successful experiment will now be repeated at FIMAV!