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1/13 Slush Fun: Experimental Free Improvisation with Jack Wright

Slush Fun is:
Jack Wright, saxes
Ron Stabinsky, keys, trumpet
Patrick Crossland, trombone
Zach Darrup, guitar and objects
Evan Lipson, bass

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". For more info go to springgarden music, for sounds and

Ron Stabinsky is an accompanist in virtually every possible context from classical recitals, to community choirs, to improvised music, jazz, pop and everything in between. Since 2013, Stabinsky has been the pianist for the Peter Evans Quintet, appearing on Destination:Void, the group’s epic sci-fi adventure of an album based on the Frank Herbert novel of the same name. Stabinsky also performs in projects with the Philadelphia New Music Ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet with NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, and his collaboration with Cris Kirkwood, bassist of the Meat Puppets. Stabinsky lives in Plains, PA.

Trombonist Patrick Crossland has worked with several prominent conductors including Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, and Lorin Maazel, and has appeared with orchestras and ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, MusikFabrik, SurPlus, L'Art Pour L'Art, Linea, and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. A staunch advocate of new music and performer/composer collaboration, he has been privileged to work with a number of composers including Vinko Globokar and Marco Stroppa.

Zach Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him--somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments.

Evan Lipson (b. 1981) has been active as a bassist, composer, and improviser since adolescence. From Philly (like a great portion of the best musicians). In an on-going pursuit of all things occult and aberrant, Lipson acquired an early interest in the latral realms of visionary & experimental music -- quickly seeking to transcend the existent paradigms of idiomatic expression. This particular 'left-hand path' has afforded him the opportunity to work in a wide variety of contexts and styles (esoteric and otherwise); his formative experiences being primarily rooted in modernist composition, underground rock, jazz, outsider pop, noise, as well as various modes of improvisation. .Lipson upholds several working ensembles including:--NORMAL LOVE (trans/mutant art band)--SATANIZED (hyper-modernist non wave)--DYNAMITE CLUB (madcap hardcore freakout)--HISSWIG (telepathic improvised duo with microtonal violinist Katt Hernandez)

Friday January 13th


$10 at the Door

Earlier Event: January 9
Yoga with Monica!