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Audiences are becoming more interested in free improvisation. Each year, JAZZMADRID analyses the value of some of these adventurous artists and it has booked two of them for this edition: guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Jim Black, both with their own space in the brand-new auditorium at Centro Centro.
Black knows well the aesthetic resorts of free improvisation applied to jazz; a resource that is not incompatible with rock, which also features in his work. Versatile and innovative, an heir to Frank Zappa’s creativity and the elegant hallmarks of Paul Motian, Jim Black is in hot and hopeful pursuit of a new kind of music. The lights and shades of existence in a panoramic view of free jazz, atonal music, free improvisation and rock.
An expressive arc that has been a travelling companion for Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas or Kris Davis, each with an artistic project with a highly different aesthetic affiliation. Jim Black’s drumming, however, is the connecting link between them all. “Everything is always the same”, he says. “The same drums, the same cymbals… Only the attitude changes”. He performs in JAZZMADRID as an attractive duo with keyboard player Elias Stemeseder.
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Drums: Jim Black.
Keyboards: Elias Stemeseder.