Monday, October 27, 2008

Georg Graewe + Gust Burns & Greg Campbell

Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

German pianist Georg Graewe returns for a thrilling solo recital. One of the avant-garde's leading lights, Graewe is known for his unique blending of jazz, classical, and improvised music, and his solo efforts are complex and wholly-compelling affairs. He's performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Dave Douglas, Frank Gratkowski, Paul Lovens, Marilyn Crispell, and Evan Parker, among others. He is also founder of the excellent Random Acoustics record label.

Opening are Seattle's own Gust Burns (piano) and Gregory Campbell (percussion, French horn). Burns strives to discover new routes to improvisation on the piano, developing alternative narrative approaches and extended techniques. His longtime colleague Campbell is a percussionist with a wide range of interests and former teachers — bassists Dave Holland and Cecil McBee, drummer Bob Moses, and Ghanaian palmwine guitarist Koo Nimo, among many others.

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