This project combines two virtuosic Trios with asymmetrical takes on new music: Noszferatu is one of the most versatile British new music groups, comprising award-winning composer-musicians who work across new composition, jazz, rock, theatre, tango and improvisation; Alexander von Schlippenbach’s Trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens brings together three of the godfathers of European free jazz.
Combining these trios is a recipe for compelling playing, combining the fluency and sparring of free jazz with unexpected swerves in the road and driving rhythms of post-rock and minimalism. Both rhythm sections are capable of extraordinary turns of pace and mood, while the saxes can purr and roar in equal measure. Each Trio plays separately (including new works for Noszferatu by Dave Price and Finn Peters), before joining together to play new sounds conjured by three leading composers: Hanna Kulenty, Joe Cutler, and Hans Koller.
The project toured to EFG London Jazz Festival (16 Nov 2013), Oxford Contemporary Music (17 Nov 2013), and Jazzlines, Birmingham (19 Nov 2013), and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now and Jazz on 3 in January 2014.
See this for Dave Price’s hilarious introduction to his piece, TWITCHER, here for Finn Peters’ explaining the meaning of the magic number 43, and here for a great interview with Evan Parker by Peter Bacon of The Jazz Breakfast.