Thursday 11 October 2018, 7.30pm
"Carving their place as one of jazz history's great duos." – Neil Tesser, Examiner
"The deep connection between Perelman and Shipp, both masters of improvisation, is a real clairvoyance…their empathy is amazing." – All About Jazz
Cementing a 20-year artistic partnership, the duo of saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp creates totally improvised music as lyrical as it is audacious. By discarding every conventional foundation of music – written melodies, chord schemes, predetermined tempo or time signature – they eliminate the boundaries between traditional composition and performance. Perelman’s protean tone fuses extended technique with a purity of passion, complemented by Shipp’s own array of timbral combinations and gradations of attack. On their shared expedition of discovery, they have become the Lewis and Clark of post-freedom music.
Steeped in the history of the jazz avant-garde yet with an unmistakeably individual voice, Matthew Shipp has established himself as one of the most important figures in American creative music today. Combining an uncompromising personal language with an exemplary eclecticism, Shipp has worked with an astonishing array of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David S. Ware, Antipop Consortium, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Spring Heel Jack, J Spaceman, Evan Parker, and Nate Wooley.
“Shipp’s approach to the keyboard is a study of tone, decay, muscle, and grace . . . round filigree unfolding amid monumental bell-like clangs . . . rangy attack that volleys from dense clusters that nearly distort themselves to barely perceptible skims of the keyboard . . . stark and insistent and utterly massive.” – Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes
Born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Perelman was a classical guitar prodigy who tried his hand at many other instruments – including cello, clarinet, and trombone – before gravitating to the tenor saxophone. His initial heroes were the cool jazz saxophonists Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. But although these artists’ romantic bent still shapes Perelman’s voluptuous improvisations, it would be hard to find their direct influence in the fiery, galvanic, iconoclastic solos that have become his trademark...[more]
"Perelman is one of the great saxophone virtuosi and exponents of spontaneous composition to have emerged in the past three decades." –Jazzwise
"Sax extraordinaire Ivo Perelman is one of the most advanced living practitioners of the tenor saxophone...the Brazilian-born sax master's ability to create out of thin air has few if any peers." – Something Else