Johannes Bauer, Paul Lytton, and Jason Adasiewicz All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Mon., June 8, 7:30 p.m. 2015

Thanks to the seventh iteration of Milwaukee’s Okka Fest, an annual extravaganza of top-notch free improvisation (6/5-6/7), we’ll again get some spillover from a lineup built by Bruno Johnson, proprietor of the titular record label Okka Disc. Following a rare solo performance here last week, drummer Paul Lytton is back for another gig, this time with veteran German trombonist Johannes Bauer. A trusted collaborator of heavies like Peter Brötzmann and Barry Guy, Bauer translates his garrulous, rubbery attack to free-improv contexts as well as anyone on the planet. His energy is unflagging and his imagination endlessly restless, as heard during his diving low-end bombs, luminescent melodic fragments, and high-velocity whinnies. Like the best improvisers, he remains open to new collaborations: on the 2013 album Bouge (Vand’oeuvre), for example, he goes head-to-head with the strident vocalist and clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit and bassist Lux Ex (longtime member of Dutch postpunk band the Ex) without missing a beat (a metaphoric one, since the album dispenses with regular time). Lytton is an old colleague of Bauer’s, but I’m excited to hear what happens during the latter’s first encounter with Chicago vibraphone whiz Jason Adasiewicz. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10, $5 students and members

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