Peter Brötzmann (Germany)
In 1966, Peter Brötzmann received an invitation from jazz pioneer Don Cherry to play on a weekend-long session. Over the course of the session, Cherry christened Brötzmann with two nicknames: The Living Ball Of Fire and Machine Gun. Imagined on a spectrum, these two designations function as an excellent point of entry into the identity of one of the world’s greatest free jazz performers. Over a restless, unprecedented half-century, Brötzmann’s music has remained as vivid and awe-inspiring as a animate inferno. His unwieldy compositions trigger intense images of fear and euphoria. Having lead a number of large ensembles in his early years and collaborated almost ceaselessly since, Brötzmann has maintained and manipulated his unmistakable style of exploratory, cathartic jazz to encompass nearly every conceivable concept and incarnation. At the age of 75, this fierce, uncompromising figure comes to us completely unhinged for a rare solo performance. Effectively the poster-boy for OBEY Convention, we’re truly honoured to be hosting such an inspiring figure.
Last Lizard (USA)
Friday, May 22nd | 7:30-10:00pm
Fort Massey United Church (5303 Tobin Street)
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