Thursday 14 March 2019, 7.30pm
Frédéric Blondy / piano
Bertrand Denzler / tenor saxophone
Jean-Luc Guionnet / alto saxophone
Jean-Sébastien Mariage / electric guitar
Edward Perraud / percussion
In 2019, Hubbub celebrates its 20th anniversary. At the crossroad of different worlds, the group comprises five musicians with activities in various fields. Together, they work on the sound matter to create a moving electro-acoustic space inhabited by layers, distensions, imbrications, pulsations, dots and lines. Thanks to the longevity of the group, Hubbub has developed an own universe, which is more than just the sum of its parts.
“Imagine the opening fanfare of Strauss’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra slowed down so it takes a year to play.” – Daniel Spicer, The Wire
Founded in 1999, Hubbub has played dozens of concerts in France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Serbia, USA, Canada, Brasil and Colombia. The group has published three albums on Matchless Recordings – the label of Eddie Prévost, who'll be performing a rare solo set tonight – and one on For4Ears Records, Günter Müller’s label, as well as a DVD on OE dans l’O in collaboration with Clotilde Aksin. Recorded in 2018, a new CD is in preparation.
Eddie Prévost began his life in music as a jazz drummer. A recurring interest in this form has been maintained, although always with an experimental ethos. Along the way he has maintained his fifty-year plus experimental credentials with AMM and numerous other improvisation projects, including his now twenty-year long weekly workshop. But drumming has generally been backgrounded to his experimental percussion work. More though, is to be expected of his drumming in 2020 on forthcoming multi-CD album: The Unexpected Alchemy. A part of this Krakow festival recording features the drums and saxophone trio of Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, and Eddie Prévost. His most recent released recordings include AMM’s: An Unintended Legacy, and a duo with John Butcher - Visionary Fantasies, both on Matchless Recordings. Also, a solo percussion LP on the Earshots label called Matching Mix. Later, in 2020 he meets with Jason Yarde and Nathan Moore, while in March concerts and recording will hear him drumming with US guitarist Henry Kaiser and saxophonist Binker Golding.
And, early 2020 should see the publication of his fourth book: An Uncommon Music for the Common Man: a polemical memoir.
“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star