Daniel Fandino, Nick Mazzarelle, and Aaron Zarzutzki; Joachim Badenhorst, Jeff Kimmel, and Frank Rosally | Heaven Gallery | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Daniel Fandino, Nick Mazzarelle, and Aaron Zarzutzki; Joachim Badenhorst, Jeff Kimmel, and Frank Rosally All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., June 11, 10 p.m. 2011

Belgian reedist Joachim Badenhorst gets around—not only does he colead groups based in six European countries (Iceland, Ireland, France, Austria, Belgium, and Denmark), he's developing several projects in New York, where he recently relocated. And in case you're wondering whether this quantity comes with any quality, Badenhorst also played in the first trio ever led by the great Dutch drummer Han Bennink. The music he makes in these various groupings is just as diverse as their locations. His trio Equilibrium (with Danish singer and saxophonist Sissel Vera Pettersen and guitarist Mikkel Ploug) just released its second album, Walking Voices (Songlines), a prismatic blur of sweet-toned, lyrical chamber music. His Austrian group Taro Badenhorst gravitates toward minimalist free improvisation, and on its terrific self-released album Flaechten his voluptuous clarinet and bass clarinet float, stumble, and chortle over a restrained, levitating arrangement of prepared piano, prepared banjo, and electronics. Rawfishboys, his duo with French bassist Brice Soniano, creates pin-drop intimacy on last year's Pianoworks/Pianoworksn't (Spocus), alternating between sorrowful melodies with seductive timbres and extended techniques that sometimes make it difficult to tell not only where one line ends and another begins, but who's doing what—something you wouldn't expect from a bass-and-clarinet duo. For his Chicago debut Badenhorst will improvise with bass clarinetist Jeff Kimmel and drummer Frank Rosaly, and based on everything I've heard from him, he'll figure out how to make this unusual combination of instruments fly. —Peter Margasak

Price: Donation suggested

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