Saturday, September 30, 2006


FREE JAZZ FRONTIERSMEN HAN BENNINK AND PETER BRÖTZMANN TOUR comes to Buffalo . Oct. 4 Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center Buffalo, NY

"The pairing of Peter Brötzmann and Han BenninkŠ pretty much guarantees successŠ Full of audacity and charm, these masters show thatŠ their art now has a refined sense of purpose, while maintaining the vigor, unpredictability, and fun after all these years." - Jay Collins, One Final Note

"It is quite astonishing they are still able to express themselves in such a relentless form. It seems that age isn't interfering one bit!" - Alexander Vogel, All About Jazz

The collaboration between Han Bennink and Peter Brötzmann began in 1968 through the Peter Brötzmann Octet, which yielded the LPs "Fuck de Boere" and "Machine Gun." Following the trio with pianist Fred van Hove, the two began a series of duo recordings, including "Ein Halber Hund Kann Nicht Pinkeln," "Schwartzwaldfahrt" which was recently re-released on CD, "3 Points And A Mountain" featuring pianist Misha Mengelberg, and the 1980 "Atsugi Concert." In 2004, they joined for a series of performances, culminating with their fifth duo LP "Still Quite Popular After All Those Years." But their collaborations have not been exclusively musical; in 2005 they joined to create a visual art exhibit: two buildings joined by a glass corridor in Brötzmann's hometown of Remscheid, Germany.

Percussionist Han Bennink is one of the central figures of modern jazz in Europe. Combining drama and wit with iconoclastic virtuosity and rhythmic imagination, Bennink's performances are a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Over the years, he has collaborated with everyone from Eric Dolphy and Johnny Griffin to Myra Melford, Dave Douglas and Eugene Chadbourne. "Han Bennink explodes every drummer cliché, rambunctiously devouring free-jazz bombast and subtle trad swing." - Ken Micallef, Modern Drummer.

Peter Brötzmann has been one of Europe's most important free jazz musicians for some forty years. During this time he has crossed paths with Cecil Taylor, Ken Vandermark, Don Cherry, William Parker, Willem Breuker, Peter Kowald, Toshinori Kondo, and the rock group Last Exit. He is adept at the saxophone and clarinet, as well as the seldom-heard tárogató. "Brötzmann has always been iconoclastic in the best sense of the term, even though his roots lay in the big-toned tenor saxes of the likes of Hawkins and Webster." - Nic Jones, All About Jazz.

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