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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

Peter Brötzman-Hamid Drake Duo

Peter Brötzmann, reeds
Hamid Drake, drums + percussion

Please join us for this very special engagement marking the first time in nearly a decade since Peter Brötzman and Hamid Drake have toured. Their unique bond was at the root of some of the 90s and early 2000s finest improvised music projects such as the original line up of the Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, the Albert Ayler tribute project Die Like A Dog, and numerous trios featuring the likes of the legendary Moroccan guembri player Mahmoud Gania, and bassists William Parker and the late Fred Hopkins. Simply put, these two masters have affected an entire generation of improvisers all over the world through the unique language that they share, and they are long overdue to re-investigate that dialog.

Peter Brötzmann (b.1941) studied at the Art Academy of Wuppertal before beginning his music career in German swing and be-bop bands. Subsequent pivatol associations in the early 1960s with the Fluxus movement (including Nam June Paik), bassist Peter Kowald, and Americans-in-Paris Don Cherry and Steve Lacy encouraged Brötzmann's unorthodox approach, often described as "sonic terror." A founder of European Free Jazz movement, his work includes collaborations and recordings with Last Exit (with Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock and Ronald Shannon Jackson), Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, and Borah Bergman. Recent projects include Die Like a Dog (with William Parker, Hamid Drake and Toshinori Kondo), his homage to Albert Ayler, and a Chicago-based Octet/Tentet featuring Ken Vandermark.

Chicago's Hamid Drake is one of the most active percussionists working in the field of jazz, world, reggae and improvised music today. His unique style on the drum kit, frame drum and tabla is simultaneously powerful, funky, and emotional; and has been heard all over the world with such singular talents as Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, Fred Anderson, David Murray and Ken Vandermark, to name a few. He is featured on dozens of recordings, many of which find him in the rhythm section with his most consistent and revelatory partner, bassist William Parker of New York.

Congs for Brums
Ches Smith, drums, percussion, electronics

Dubbed "Ches Smith's excellent solo project" by Time Out New York magazine, Congs for Brums features compositions for drums and electronics using noise, melody, extended percussion techniques, multidirectional time and polyrhythm. In 2006 Ches released the self-titled debut Congs for Brums which "showcased his vibraphone work" (TONY) on the Free Porcupine Society label. He has recently finished the decidedly electronic, sonic and harsh noise-based follow-up Congs for Brums II: Noise to Men, scheduled for release soon. He has toured Europe and the US extensively on material from both albums.

Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer/educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant’s first “assignments” for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (wtih Nels Cline Singers’ Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Xiu Xiu, Tim Berne's Los Totopos and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Jandek, Terry Riley, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Nels Cline. He also leads a quartet called These Arches (with Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, and Andrea Parkins) . He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.