WildLife / New Free Jazz club at The Poetry Club

 WildLife at The Poetry Club ~ February 2016

CHRIS CORSANO // JOE MCPHEE // LINDA SHARROCK
WildLife is a new Free Jazz club run by Alex Neilson & Ideal Mexico at The Poetry Club. Matching the best of the international avant gutter with some prime local meat
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Tuesday 16th February:
CHRIS CORSANO & JOE MCPHEE DUO
with support by Still House Plants
8.00pm / £6 tickets available here
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Joe McPhee

Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician.

McPhee’s first recordings as leader appeared on the CjR label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson . These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet in 1969, Nation Time by Joe McPhee in 1970, and Trinity by Joe McPhee, Harold E. Smith and Mike Kull in 1971.

By 1974, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger had become aware of McPhee’s recordings and unreleased tapes. Uehlinger was so impressed that he decided to form the Hat Hut label as a vehicle to release McPhee’s work. The label’s first LP was Black Magic Man, which had been recorded by McPhee in 1970. Black Magic Man was followed by The Willisau Concert and the landmark solo recording Tenor, released by Hat Hut in 1976. The earliest recordings by McPhee are often informed by the revolutionary movements of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s; for example, Nation Time is a tribute to poet Amiri Baraka and Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II at WBAI’s Free Music Store, 1971 (finally released as a Hat Art CD in 1996) is a sometimes anguished post-Coltrane cry for freedom.

During the 1990’s, McPhee finally began to attract wider attention from the North American creative jazz community. He has since been performing and recording prodigiously as both leader and collaborator, appearing on such labels as CIMP, Okkadisk, Music & Arts, and Victo. In 1996, 20 years after Tenor, Hatology released As Serious As Your Life, another solo recording (this time featuring McPhee performing on various instruments). McPhee also began a fruitful relationship with Chicago reedman Ken Vandermark , engaging in a set of improvisational dialogues with Vandermark and bassist Kent Kessler on the 1998 Okkadisk CD A Meeting in Chicago. The Vandermark connection also led to McPhee’s appearance on the Peter BrotzmanChicagoOctet/Tentet three-CD box set released by Okkadisk that same year. As the 1990s drew to a close, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen- TRIO X.

“He is a stellar improviser, relishing his sound materials so caringly and for so long, the kind of player that invites you to really step outside of whatever mix you’re and think and feel for a while.” Hank Shteamer, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches

Chris Corsano

Chris Corsano is one of the greatest drummers working today. He has developed a percussive language of extraordinary amplitude and infinite resources. His collaborations stretch from free jazz greats (Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & more) to noise mavens (Bill Nace, C Spencer Yeh etc) and pop superstars (Björk). Capable of generating narrative out of permanent ecstasy, Corsano never ceases to be profoundly affirmative and imposing of his language, and being an absolute and charismatic virtuoso, he simultaneously is one of the most noble and generous improvisers of the few last decades.

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Monday 22nd February:
LINDA SHARROCK / (IN) THE ABYSSITY OF THE GROUNDS
with support by Death Shanties
8.00pm / £8 tickets available here
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Linda Sharrock
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Sharrock’s vocal work on her deceased ex-husband Sonny Sharrock’s albums ‘Black Woman’, ‘Monkey Pocky Boo’ and ‘Paradise’ was one of the most transformative sounds between the old jazz and the move toward the smashing of form and idiom. It blended her rich gospel heritage with a drive toward the avant-garde that stood as a hugely powerful symbol for the African-American experience as the United States moved from the subtlety of the early civil rights movement to the sociopolitical primal scream that was Black Power! Melodic moans and wails slowly unfurled into waves of shrill, powerful screams that mirrored and battled with the ferocity of Sonny’s guitar.
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Linda divorced Sonny Sharrock in ’78 and moved to Vienna where she worked with Franz Koglmann, Eric Watson, and Wolfgang Puschnig into the 1990s. In 2007, after forging a now long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Mario Rechtern, Sharrock suffered a life-changing stroke that not only impaired her ability to move freely but also to sing. It’s no understatement to say that her recent return to performance has been more of a rebirth than a rehabilitation. Gone are the Gospel-infused exultations. In their place a deep, rising moan that extends and draws itself out into a final, lengthy primal wail that illustrates the sociopolitical position of Sharrock’s disability as clearly as the records she made in the ’70s illustrated her position as a Black Woman in America.
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This performance heralds the release of a brand new triple album on Golden Lab Records (out March 2016), credited to Linda Sharrock / (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds – Sharrock’s first major work in years. Needless to say, it is an unmissable event for anyone even vaguely interested in the 20th Century avant-garde, Free Jazz and African-American history.
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February at The Poetry Club

February at The Poetry Club

 

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Linda Sharrock

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Corsano & McPhee6th: Hot Mess We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town – BEEP BEEP! disco // sweat // danger // elation // house // joy // noise // rhythm // confusion // techno // delight // tension // release

Entry £7. No advance tickets. >> facebook event

16th: WildLife feat. Chris Corsano & Joe McPhee – Chris Corsano & Joe McPhee duo. Inter-generational free jazz übermenschen inaugurate Alex Neilson and Ideal Mexico’s new bi-monthly club night, WildLife. Hosted at Glasgow’s artist run Poetry Club, WildLife will pitch the best of the international avant garde with some cracked and creamy local talent.
Support comes from Still House Plants.
£6 entry >> tickets here

 

22nd: WildLife feat. Linda Sharrock / (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds – Linda Sharrock / (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds play the second instalment of WildLife. Inter-generational free jazz übermenschen inaugurate Alex Neilson and Ideal Mexico’s new bi-monthly club night, WildLife. Hosted at Glasgow’s artist run Poetry Club, WildLife will pitch the best of the international avant garde with some cracked and creamy local talent.
Support comes from Death Shanties
£8 entry >> tickets here

27th: Telling Stories – Tim Burgess | Tim Burgess in Conversation with Duglas T. Stewart. FREE ENTRY (Only 100 capacity, please arrive early) >> facebook event

More coming soon…

Bizarre Tempo ~ The First Episode

Friday, 15th January 2016

10pm – Late / £4

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with an eerie high pitched bark, she beckons you forward. yielding but resisting, you brace the sharpness and stinging of the waves. the moans and cries, the sonorous echoes and murmurs of the deep tempt you below. beneath the water, her shadow dances its obscure and blubbery dance…

Bizarre Tempo, G42 collectors and selectors, present the first night of what we hope to be many. A vinyl only quest into the techno machine of the future: throbbing, dreamlike, acidic, fluid.

The Bizarre Tempo Collective:

Joel (Tabernacle) Kev (Calderroom) Emily (G42) Andy (Jak/Full Dose)

with an eerie high pitched bark, she beckons you forward. yielding but resisting, you brace the sharpness and stinging of the waves. the moans and cries, the sonorous echoes and murmurs of the deep tempt you below. beneath the water, her shadow dances its obscure and blubbery dance…

Bizarre Tempo, G42 collectors and selectors, present the first night of what we hope to be many. A vinyl only quest into the techno machine of the future: throbbing, dreamlike, acidic, fluid.

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