$20 — $25
Peter Brötzmann came to prominence in the European jazz scene of the 1960s, establishing himself by the end of the decade as the dominant voice of the saxophone in the avant-garde spheres. In the context of the political divides of postwar Europe, Brötzmann powerful, incendiary voice on his instrument resonated deeply. His self-developed technique maximizes every possibility for personal inflection on his instruments, going well past the usual limits of commonly accepted styles. In terms of volume, range, breadth of tone, vibrato, and intensity, he creates music that obliterates the rules of genre and puts the listener in new realms of discovery, vulnerability, and feeling. Amazingly, he has been able to pair this approach with very different types of musicians, and found musical homes with the more cerebral British avant-garde, the “New Dutch Swing” of the Instant Composers Pool, the roots-oriented free jazz of New York, the younger musicians of the current Chicago scene, and various noise/rock groups. Brötzmann extensive discography shows a boundary-less collaborative spirit, and his example has ignited and energized the geographic and stylistic scenes in which he has involved himself. He has appeared on well over two hundred recordings, & performed & recorded with nearly every major figure in free jazz and improvised music of the last fifty years, including Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Sonny Sharrock, Han Bennink, Keiji Haino, and Ginger Baker. As a trained and recognized visual artist Brötzmann does much of his own album artwork & has a long history of producing his own records, pre-dating the do-it-yourself aesthetic of punk rock and current trends of self-production by decades. Former POTUS Bill Clinton called Brötzmann “one of the greatest alive.”
Jeff Parker (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, 4/4/67) is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums — from pop, rock and jazz to new music — using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract.
His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 40 years of playing the guitar.
He is a longtime member of the influential indie band Tortoise, and also a founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground, and has been an associate member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1995. As a sideman and collaborator, he has appeared on over 140 commercial recordings. Currently, he has been focusing on music production, small ensembles and solo performance – to cultivate and establish an idiosyncratic relationship between electronic and acoustic compositional properties in music.
John Herndon was born in Long Island, NY in 1966 and eventually relocated to Western North Carolina where he spent his childhood. Since the 1990’s, John’s primary work has been in music where he plays drum kit with several groups including but not limited to Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Pulsar Quartet, and Starlicker. He is also an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working and showing between Los Angeles and Chicago.