Hamid Drake Profiled

English: Hamid Drake

Source: Times Colonist.

Free jazz is known as an improvisational strain of avant-garde music, which has always struck one of its foremost practitioners, percussionist Hamid Drake, as something of a misnomer.

Free jazz is better explained as improvisational music, where instruments often sound at odds with each other to the untrained ear. The reality is more complicated, said Drake, who is coming to Victoria on Friday for a performance with Nanaimo-raised saxophonist Brodie West. The concert at Martin Batchelor Gallery is billed as An Evening of Solos and Duets, which combines two of Drake’s preferred styles of playing.