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Peter Brötzmann + Jason Adasiewicz
Ars Nova Workshop celebrates the start of its Fall Season with two extremely rare duo performances. Headlining this double-header is a duo with the legendary German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and the Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz; the opening duo features the noise-blues guitarist Bill Orcutt and the drummer Chris Corsano.
Peter Brötzmann "has abundant nonstandard technique, a vocabulary, but what impresses in his playing isn't the execution so much as the force of presence. He recently turned 70, and he sounds almost invincible,” writes The New York Times. Born in Germany, 1941, Brötzmann is the most vital European Free Jazz musician of his generation. His 1967 album, Machine Gun, remains the most celebrated document of the early-Free Jazz movement, and ever since, Brötzmann has pushed the boundaries of jazz experimentation. He has released hundreds of critically-praised albums (many packaged in his visual art), maintained a feverish international touring schedule, and has worked with innovators like Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Andrew Cyrille, Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. He has also led numerous large ensembles since the 1960s, including the Chicago Tentet. Brötzmann received the Vision Fest's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and was the subject of two documentary films released in the same year.
The vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz has been a fixture of the Chicago jazz scene for many years, and has worked in Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Josh Berman's Old Idea, and Mike Reed's Loose Assembly. In 2003, he formed the Rolldown quintet with many of the Windy City's most explosive players: the cornetist Josh Berman, the reedsman Aram Shelton, the bassist Jason Roebke, and the powerhouse drummer Frank Rosaly. There are few, if any, contemporary vibraphonists who can summon both enraged and delicate playing like Adasiewicz.
Bill Orcutt was a founding member of the notorious Miami noise-rock trio Harry Pussy. That band split in the late-1990s, but in recent years, Orcutt has earned acclaim for his solo recordings – A New Way To Pay Old Debts (Palilalia; 2009) and How The Thing Sings (Editions Mego; 2011) show Orcutt dismantling and reconstructing the blues. With only an acoustic guitar, Orcutt creates an alarmingly violent racket, but beauty always emerges from his tornado-like frenzy of jagged notes, string scrapes and barbaric yawps.
Chris Corsano has worked with Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Okkyung Lee, Six Organs Of Admittance, Joe McPhee and Jandek. He also once served as the tour drummer for the Icelandic avant-pop icon Björk, but you're much more likely to catch him playing in duos with the guitarist Michael Flower or with harsh saxophonists like Virginia Genta or Paul Dunmall. In addition to a traditional drum kit, Corsano makes gonzo sounds with sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids and random household devices. His solo recordings include The Young Cricketer (Hot Cars Warp; 2008), Another Dull Dawn (Ultra Eczema; 2009) and the newly released Cut (Hot Cars Warp; 2012).
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.