Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh

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For decades Peter Brötzmann has been known as the infant terriblé of European improvised music. Often called the loudest saxophonist in Europe, he is a pivotal musician in the transition from Free Jazz to Free Improvisation. Brötzmann has worked with all the pioneering musicans of avant garde improvised music, especially such Europeans as Peter Kowald, Fred Van Hove, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey, but also with Americans like Hamid Drake and William Parker in his more recent group Die Like A Dog, or with Sonny Sharrock, Bill Laswell and Ronald Shannon Jackson in the fierce, electric group Last Exit.

His '60s-era recordings Machine Gun and Nipples set the benchmark for high energy improvising and his total discography is in excess of 100 releases, some in ensembles like Instant Composers Pool and The Globe Unity Orchestra. At 75 years of age, he is still highly active and as uncompromising as ever, leading many ensembles of various sizes, most often his Chicago Octet, Tentet or Tentet Plus 2 in this country. We are excited to present him in the unusual context of playing with pedal-steel heavy-weight Heather Leigh.

The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is ethereal, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the otherworldly. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. In late 2015, Heather Leigh released her first proper studio album, ‘I Abused Animal’ on Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg’s Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego labels to widespread acclaim. Renowned as a fearless free improviser, ‘I Abused Animal’ is a breakthrough work showcasing Heather Leigh’s songwriting prowess, foregrounding her stunning voice and her innovations for the pedal steel guitar.
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By: Trinosophes