Ausland and OTO bring Counterflows to a close with two explosive sets from Decoy with special guest Joe McPhee. Coming together for the first time at OTO in December 2009 where they instantly hit it off we brought them back together last October for two nights that provided one of the highlight’s of what was already a musically mind blowing year.
Capable of charting an unpredictable path between passages of tonal exploration, shimmering beauty and rampaging high energy motorik its a pleasure to bring them to Berlin so they can work their magic there.
Decoy is the stunning organ trio featuring Alex Hawkins, John Edwards and Steve Noble. Hawkins – whose early training as a pipe organist encourages him to exploit the full potential of the Hammond Organ and Leslie speaker is joined by arguably one of the greatest rhythm sections in music who combine a gift for unstoppable rhythmic propulsion and beguiling sonic abstraction – from furious swing to metallic klang and slapped strings…
Decoy & Joe McPhee at Cafe OTO London
With a career now spanning over 37 years and more than 60 recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatible — and in fact, a critically important pairing — in the world of creative improvised music.
“There is always form there, whether it’s a form that can be repeated – and I’ve been trying for sometime now to back away from that; I like to find something new each time and take the sum total of my experience – just a human experience – and include musical experience also and try to fashion something new.”
“I may take time or I might take pitch or something and use it as a vessel in which the contents are fluid and always changing, to give it shape like that. I don’t see very much difference between a composition that’s written down and can be repeated from one where I just start from wherever I am and create it.”
“I always have a sense of beginning and ending. I know that there’s been a lot of emphasis of throwing up paper on stands and stuff like that, but I would prefer the musicians to play the music and play themselves and to play their experiences rather than to read something.” (from a 1996 radio interview with John Corbett, found on Joe McPhee’s Homepage)
No advance-sale, no advance-booking, make sure to come early (limited number of seats).
Decoy & Joe McPhee LIVE
presented by Cafe OTO
Sunday, 15 April 2012 | 21:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg