Tues., March 3rd: Gino Robair with Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson, Piotr Michalowski, Mike Khoury and James Cornish at Kerrytown Concert House
Percussionist Gino Robair is a founding member of Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His work spans several genres, including collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, Eugene Chadbourne, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, John Zorn, LaDonna Smith and John Butcher. Check out this combination of musical personalities in the intimate listening room of Kerrytown Concert House.
Sat. March 14th: Jeff Marx Quartet at 2739 Edwin
Detroit native Jeff Marx was inspired to dedicate himself to the saxophone after seeing fellow Detroiter Sonny Stitt as a child. He paid some dues here before relocating to the Bay Area, New York and most recently Chicago. Jeff excells in both traditional and contemporary approaches to his playing, always with a deep tenor sounds that is reminiscent of greats like Sonny Rollins and Gene Ammons. The rest if this quartet consists of Detroit musicians: Marko Novachcoff- winds, Kurt Prisbe- drums, Joel Peterson- doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.
Mon. March 16: Frank Gratkowski
Born in Hamburg, Frank Gratkowski is an alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute player who is one of the most noted members of Europe’s improvising avant garde. He has highly developed extended technique that defies the limitations traditionally accepted on his instruments. He has worked with many of Europe and America’s most important musicians, including Fred von Hove, Hamid Drake, Wolter Wierbos, Mal Waldron, Peter Brotzmann, John Lindberg, Muhal Abrams, Greg Osby, Ken Vandermark and many others. It’s been a few years since he’s been in town and we’re excited to be presenting Frank.
Tues. March 31: Pilia-Alexander-Belfi Trio
This trio of two Italians and one American mix elements of primitivism and modernism, with the hypnotic power of drones as the common denominator. The group features Stefano Pilia (Bologna, Italy) on guitar, electronics; Jeffrey Alexander (Pittsburgh, USA) on guitar, tambura and electronics; and Andrea Belfi (Milano, Italy) on drums, percussion and electronics.
Pilia is a member of 3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Medves and SPQ; he’s also collaborated with Black Forest/Black Sea, Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi. Alexander is a member of Black Forest/Black Sea, the Iditarod and SPQ. He runs Secret Eye Records, an exciting label that grew from it’s predesessor, Magic Eye Records. Belfi performs as a soloist and with the group Medves.
NEW DATE: 5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/17 BoxDeserter Trio (Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson) at DIA
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh