An incredible double bill of two of the greatest improvising musicians in the world, and the first chance to see them perform together, as well as in solo sets.
English-born soprano and tenor sax player Evan Parker is an indefatigable giant in contemporary jazz, developing the searing landscapes of free composition more deeply than almost anyone today. His thoroughly individual voice has influenced generations of jazz performers, who revere his strong spirit and fearless artistry; and his musical partners read like a Who’s Who of celebrated improvisers, including Anthony Braxton, Kenny Wheeler, Derek Bailey, Marilyn Crispell, as well as conceptual mavericks Spring Heel Jack and Han Bennink.
New Zealand pianist Chris Abrahams is admired for his work in the last two decades with the powerful improv trio The Necks. An entirely original, technically brilliant musician, his piano style can be densely layered, shockingly minimalistic, staggeringly rhythmic or melodically pure. Abrahams’ compositions are richly complex, with an attention to detail that demands deep immersion from the listener.
(This is their copy, not mine, but nothing to disagree with there. Parker in full flight is not to be missed. Loads of other stuff in Bath throughout the music festival of course – from Ute Lemper to Soweto Kinch, but I fancy this encounter will be special…)