Mittwoch, 09.05.2018

Frank Gratkowski – as, bcl, fl
Achim Kaufmann – Piano
Wilbert De Joode – Bass
Tony Buck – Drums

The music is pure improvisation, without any imposed restraints, presented by the Gratkowski, Kaufmann, de Joode trio which has extended itself into a sextet, seemingly for the purpose of deconstructing chemical processes essential to the movement of molecules. Whether or not these may be biochemical reactions related to the structure of the human genome remains open to debate, but with the presence of guest pianist Richard Barrett of Swansea, whose degree in Genetics and Microbiology should not be left to wither on the vine, the conclusion might be left to the imagination.

The musicians are representative of truly 21st century music with multifarious roots in the 20th. Kaufmann, for example, had studied with Steve Coleman, Dave Holland and Steve Lacy. Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. As a drummer, percussionist, improviser, guitarist, video maker and producer, he has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects but is probably best known around the world as a member of the trio “The Necks”. Apart from The Necks he has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, T. Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Clifford Jordan, Ground Zero …

The music is very much like a chemical reaction as maybe seen from the inside. Sounds are discontinuous and fragmented; the decomposing anions and cations oscillate under their own electrostatic charges to form new links where they can, rather than where they are willed, until one must wonder if any of the equations will ever reach equilibrium.

This is a fine album of startlingly free improvisation. It‘s spectacular.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham


Beginn: 20:00 Uhr

Der Eintritt beträgt: 10 €

Free Jazz – Achtung nichts für die meisten Klassikliebhaber.