Lean Left offers an uncompromising debauchery between jazz, noise and punk when Paal Nilssen-Love and Ken Vandermark meet the two guitarists from The Ex. This evening will also feature a duo between The Ex-guitarist Andy Moor and the English saxophonist John Butcher.
The group Lean Left gathers some of the most creative forces from the genres of free jazz and free rock in a charming and explosive musical meeting, where the quartet’s sense of self holds together their seemingly chaotic musical rampage.
Paal Nilssen-Love, the drummer of Lean Left, is a true icon in the Scandinavian jazz/improvisation scene and also a musician who effortlessly switches between jazz and rock, noise and ethnic music styles. Pat Metheny has described him as: “Simply one of the best new musicians I’ve heard during the latest years”, as he’s distinguished himself with being part of music groups like The Thing and his own ensemble Large Unit, as well as performing with artists like Arto Lindsay and Peter Brötzman. Nilssen-Love has on several occasions also played with the American saxophonist Ken Vandermark, one of the foremost improvisers and musicians in American jazz.
In Lean Left, these two musicians collaborate with the guitarists of the Dutch band The Ex; Andy Moor and Terrie Ex. The Ex have their roots in the experimental specter of punk, but for decades they have managed to stay in motion by exploring everything from scratchy noise and free improvisation to Ethiopian jazz, folk and more. In the Lean Left constellation, Andy Moor and Terrie Ex found their ideal partners in order to let go of their inhibitions and exceed genre standards. The four musicians find common ground at the edges of jazz, noise and punk in an incredible stream of powerful improvisations and doomy rhythms.
Lean Left released their latest album ‘I Forgot to Breathe’ (Trost Records) in the beginning of 2017, which gives us every reason to look forward to their return to Copenhagen.
This evening will also feature another musical freethinker, the English saxophonist John Butcher, who gave a sublime performance at Jazzhouse during Okkyung Lee’s guest booking period. John Butcher comes from a traditional jazz scene, but with inspiration from Evan Parker, he sought towards the free improvisation environment during the 80’s, which resulted in a large number of collaborations, including The Ex, Otomo Yoshihide, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton and many more. Moor and Butcher have performed as a duo on several occasions, and we look very much forward to presenting them at Jazzhouse.