For over 4 decades Joe McPhee has been pursuing a beauty in his music that balances fierce attack and lyrical poetry.
Over time he has absorbed the black-radical avant-garde, a love of Coltrane, Coleman and Ayler, an engagement in deep listening and a never ending openness, making him one of the most vital saxophonists in jazz and experimental music today. Now 80, he brings his best group, DECOY to Scotland for the first time, made up of Steve Noble (drums), John Edwards (double bass) and Alexander Hawkins (organ). Expect soul and funk infused deep experimental jazz from some of the best players around.
Elaine Mitchener is an experimental vocalist and movement artist whose work melds different vocal styles encompassing free-improvisation, contemporary new music, sound art, music theatre and dance. She has worked and performed in a wide variety of contexts with leading artists including: Apartment House, Van Huynh Co, Steve Beresford, Sonia Boyce, John Butcher, Attila Csihar, Alexander Hawkins, Tansy Davies, George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, The Otolith Group, Evan Parker, Alasdair Roberts, David Toop, and Jason Yarde. She is co-founder of experimental jazz quartet the Hawkins/Mitchener Quartet (with Neil Charles, Stephen Davis and Alex Hawkins).
Presented by The Queen’s Hall and supported by Creative Scotland
Counterflows: Joe McPhee with DECOY