FULL BLAST by Peter Brötzmann special guest Heather Leigh
“Fire music of the highest quality (wordsandmusic)”
FULL BLAST: Back from very successful tours through USA/CAN/Europe/Egypt/Israel/Russia/Brazil/Japan (Seattle/Earshot Jazzfestival, Winnipeg/Send&Receive Festival, New York/Knitting Factory, Chicago/Empty Bottle, NYC/Tonic, Berkeley/ Jazzhouse, Victoria/Openspace, Tampere Jazz Happening, Academy of Arts Berlin, AudioArt Krakow, Angelica Festival Bologna, Moers Festival, Lisbon Jazzfestival, Long Arms Moscow, Aposition Festival St.Petersburg, Beta Project Pau, Mediawave Györ, Sonic Protest Paris, Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, All Frontiers Festival Gradisca, NoJazz Festival Zagreb, Festival De Jazz San Juan Evangelista Madrid, Unerhoert Festival Zurich, Ha’pzura Festival Tel Aviv, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Ujbuda Jazzfestival Budapest, SSG Sao Paolo, Enjoy Jazz Festival Mannheim, Bratislava Nextfestival, RingRing Festival Belgrade, Cerkno Jazzfestival, Rock in Opposition Festival Albi, JazzBez Festival Poland/Ukraina, Clubtransmediale Berlin, Leipziger Jazztage, Brötzfest Tokyo, Berlin JazzFest, London Jazz Festival, Vision Festival New York etc.) we would like to introduce you to our trio with German jazz legend Peter Brötzmann.
Peter Brötzmann (Germany, reeds) – the living legend of the European new jazz.
He has exemplified European improvised music for over 40 years and participated in countless international collaborations.
A founder of European Free Jazz movement, his work includes collaborations and recordings with Last Exit (with Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock and Ronald Shannon Jackson), Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, and Borah Bergman. Recent projects include Die Like a Dog (with William Parker, Hamid Drake and Toshinori Kondo), his homage to Albert Ayler, the Chicago-based Broetzmann Tentet and many more.
His first album Machine Gun released in 1968 still represents the reference for the musicians and critics.
Considering his 40-years-career and more than 100 albums, but also many current projects, Brötzmann is still one of the most influential figures of the new music.
In this trio his associates are bassist Marino Pliakas (Switzerland/Greece) and drummer Michael Wertmueller (Switzerland/Germany).
FULL BLAST toured since fall 2004 in USA, CAN, UK, Brazil, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Japan. Choice of Festivals: Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival, Winnipeg send+receive, Tampere Jazz Happening, AudioArt Krakow, Angelica Festival Bologna, Moers Festival, Lisbon Jazzfestival, Long Arms Moscow, Apositia St.Petersburg, Beta Project Pau, Mediawave Györ, Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, All Frontiers Festival Gradisca, NoJazz Festival Zagreb, Festival De Jazz San Juan Evangelista Madrid, Unerhoert Festival Zurich, Ha’pzura Festival Tel Aviv, Nextmusic Festival Bratislava, Mulhouse météo Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, SSCE Sao Paolo, London Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazzfest, Vision Festival New York, SuperDeluxe Tokyo etc.
Wertmueller and Brötzmann toured for years as a duo and in various contexts: Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentett, very successful record of the two together with William Parker (www.intonemusic.com/nothung) etc.
Wertmueller and Pliakas worked together on various occasions (touring together in various bands on festivals all over Europe e.g. SKIF-Festival St.Petersburg/Russia, Kaunas Jazzfestival/Lithuania, RingRing Festival Belgrade/Serbia, Nozart Festival Cologne/Germany, Xperipheria Budapest/Hungary, Long Arms Festival Moscow/Russia, Cross-linX festival Enschede and Utrecht/Netherlands, Festival Victoriaville/Canada, Sound Forrest Riga, Clubtransmediale Berlin, Ultraschall Berlin, Tonlagen Dresden-Hellerau, Biennale Tel Aviv, Novembermusic Den Bosch etc. together with Peter Broetzmann, Caspar Broetzmann, Stephan Wittwer, John Cale, Holger Csukay, Marian Gold, Mouse on Mars, Jaki Liebezeit, KK.Null, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Mars Williams, Ensemble Mosaik Berlin, Ensemble Courage Dresden, and others; cooperation with Pliakas’ avant trio STEAMBOAT SWITZERLAND). Both of them toured worldwide with their various bands (MW: William Parker Trio, Alboth!, 16-17, W2; MP: steamboat switzerland, sludge 2000 etc.).
Peter Brötzmann (saxophone), Marino Pliakas (bass), Michael Wertmueller (drums), Heather Leigh (lapsteel)