When: Thu., May 9, 9 p.m. 2013
I’ve never heard this French trio—as far as I know it has no recordings—but its lineup includes some of the most exciting free improvisers in the world. Pianist Frederic Blondy, a longtime member of improvising unit Hubbub, has an elegant, diffuse melodic sense and a touch that owes more to the classical world than to jazz. I’ve only heard a few YouTube clips of vocalist Guylaine Cosseron, but that was enough for me to be impressed by her range—she can segue nonchalantly from conventional jazz singing to extended techniques so wild that her vocals could pass for abstract sound art. For me the biggest draw is clarinetist Xavier Charles, who consistently extracts unexpected sounds and shapes from his horn. His remarkable 2010 solo album, Invisible (Sofa), includes harsh upper-register overtones, unpitched columns of air, and juddering vibrato, sometimes woven together seamlessly and sometimes—as in the case of “Jaline”—separated by extended breaks during which birds, cars, and planes can be heard through Charles’s window. —Peter Margasak Frank Rosaly opens.
Price: $8 suggested donation