A very special high-impact Sunday showdown featuring two fearless musicians capable of extreme dynamics and subtleties: German free jazz legend Peter Brötzmann and fearless pedal steel guitar shredder Heather Leigh bring together countless decades of experience at the cutting edge of ferocious speed-of-thought improvisation and deep lyrical soul.
Expect to hear glorious live oscillations between unexpected beauty and jagged tonal attack generated by these two storied players when they lock in, as heard on debut collaborative release Ears Are Filled With Wonder out now on Not Two Records/Trost.
Alluringly murky un-rock emanations from Essex courtesy of Liberez (also protagonists in last year’s PLAYPEN at Arnolfini) in support, while a DJ set from Yama Warashi will be making the bar float on Japanese rock oddities and spiritual jazz from the off.
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Peter Brötzmann is one of the most important and uncompromising figures in free jazz and has been at the forefront of developing a unique, European take on free improvisation since the 1960s.Brötzmann first trained as a painter and was associated with Fluxus (Participating in various events and working as an assistant to Nam Jun Paik) before dissatisfaction with the art world moved his focus towards music. However he continued to paint and his instantly recognisable visual sensibility has produced some of our favourite LP sleeves as well as a number of gallery shows in recent years.
Self-taught on Clarinet and Saxophone, Brötzmann established himself as one of the most powerful and original players around, releasing a number of now highly sought after sides of musical invention including the epochal Machine Gun session in 1968 – originally released on his own Brö private press and later recordings for FMP (Free Music Production) the label he started with Jost Gebers. Brötzmann’s sound is “one of the most distinctive, life-affirming and joyous in all music”.
The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. Her first album of song compositions, I Abused Animal, came out to great acclaim on Ideologic Organ/Mego in 2015.
Based in main orchestrator John Hannonʼs remote studio No Recordings in Rayleigh, England, Liberez are an ever-evolving collective of improvisors and sound artists. With a heavy emphasis on noise-infected ethnographic détournement, percussive experimentation and warped loop-based composition, Liberez’ live excursions are rare. Expanding into an A/V experience that can involve visual accompaniment and light experiments, Liberez performances often transform and transmogrify the space.
Qu Junktions gratefully acknowledges the support of PRS for Music Foundation