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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 8:00pm

Conny Bauer-William Parker-Hamid Drake Trio

Conny Bauer, trombone
William Parker, bass
Hamid Drake, drums

Germany trombonist Konrad "Conny" Bauer (b. 1943) started his career in 1969 as guitarist and singer in Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky's band. But, by the second half of the 1970s, Bauer became a prominent contributor to the European free jazz movement. He helped found numerous groups which influenced the development of jazz in East Germany. These included FEZ and its successive quartet and trio formations, the Doppelmoppel Quartet, and Synopsis/Zentralquartett with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Ulrich Gumpert and Günter "Baby" Sommer. From 1988 to 1989 he directed the National Jazz Orchestra of former East Germany, and later performed with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Joachim Kühn's Jubilee Band, Globe Unity Orchestra and NDR Big Band. Since 1983 he has worked with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Theo Jörgensmann, Peter Brötzmann, Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Barry Altschul, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Gerry Hemingway and George Lewis. In 2004 Bauer was awarded the German SWR jazz prize for his solo recordings Hummelsummen. Noted for his remarkable unaccompanied solo performances, Bauer uses multiphonics with matchless circular breathing techniques that conjure his own loops.

For this very rare performance he is joined by one of the heaviest rhythm sections in improvised music: William Parker and Hamid Drake. Beginning with their years together in Peter Brötzmann's Die Like A Dog ensemble, these two giants are known for their ground-breaking work with David S. Ware, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Bill Laswell, Fred Anderson, The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order To Survive, Other Dimensions In Music, and much more.