Gregg Kowalsky (US) + Jon Porras (US) + John Russell (UK), JJ Duerinckx (B) & Matthieu Safatly Trio (B/FR)
A truly multidimensional night in the Avangardistic State as two celebrated American alternative performers meet established artists from the European free and improv world head on.
Multi-instrumentalist Jon Porras has a reputation for making evocative, subtle music with a highly suggestive emotional hinterland. Porras is also the guitarist in Barn Owl (alongside Evan Caminiti), and has worked with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Stephen O’Malley, and visual artists Paul Clipson and Wilhelm Sasnal. ‘Tokonoma’, released in November 2017 by Geographic North, is Porras’ 5th solo work,and the first since 2013’s ‘Light Divide’ (released on Thrill Jockey).
LA resident Gregg Kowalsky completed an MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College in Oakland and recorded two solo albums, 2006’s ‘Through the Cardinal Window’ and 2009’s ‘Tape Chants’. The last decade has seen Kowalsky concentrate on installations and conceptual pieces, alongside his work in Date Palms (his duo with Marielle Jakobsons). ‘LOrange’, released in November 2017 by Mexican Summer, is Kowalskys first solo album in eight years, is mainly sourced from analogue synths and mixed on a laptop; nodding to Terry Riley at times. “L’Orange is some of Kowalsky’s most rewarding work yet.” Drowned In Sound.
J Russell + JJ Duerinckx + Matthieu Safaltly.
This venerated British free guitarist was part of the emerging free improvisation scene in the early 70s. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music.
Saxophonist JJ Duerinckx works as a sound artist, composer and improviser. He is a master of the sopranino and baritone saxophones. Duerinckx is interested in electro-acoustic music, sound art and particularly in soundscapes. Influenced by R. Murray Schafer, he has collaborated with many musicians in the world of free improvised music such as Lol Coxhill, John Russell and Paul Rutherford. Duerinckx also organises workshops for “sound expression” and is active in the experimental rock music scene in Brussels.
The musical journey of Matthieu Safatly has followed a variety of paths; whether electro with Black Sifichi & Negative Stencil and the “industrial” collective Wild Shores or “physical and sonic performance” with the Compagnie Faim de Siècle. A dynamic and original cello improviser and musician, Safatly has also dabbled in rock with Belgian group Present, and sometimes Bang Lassi (where his twin brother Stringo Jett played bass). Since 2008 he has concentrated on solo work.