Spring Garden Music


Jack Wright - Evan Lipson

The Europe Tour Nov. 3-19 was a blazing success. Here's a video from Rotterdam taken by Florian Cramer. Manchester, Sheffield, Cheltenham, Birmingham, London, Lille (Jack solo and with others) then Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Hamburg, and Denmark: Soderburg, Toftlund, and Copenhagen

Selection from their CD Careening Down the Left Coast, recorded in San Francisco on their West Coast tour Feb. 2018

Jack and Evan have been musically connected ever since the mid-2000's when Evan lived in Jack's Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia. They've toured frequently together throughout the Midwest and Southeast as Wrest with Ben Bennett, and more recently with Zach Darrup as Roughhousing, whose most recent tour was April 2018. The two recorded this with drummer Chris Davis in Nashville July 2017.

On their West Coast tour in Feb. 2018, they performed in Vanouver, at the Seattle Festival of Improvised Music, in Olympia , Portland, Corvalis, Eugene, Arcata, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Bezerkely, and Oakland. They will be collaborating with numerous musicians en route, among them Dylan van der Schyff, Torsten Muller, Greg Kelley, Mark Kaylor, Doug Theriault, Tom Djll, Tim Perkis, Bryan Day, and Gino Robair

Jack Wright (b. 1942) is a saxophone extremist, dedicated to to free playing since 1979. Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," he is a veteran improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He was interviewed recently by Cadence Magazine (p. 55-73), but for a true assessment of his and his partners music and for links to his writings go here: Spring Garden Music,

Evan Lipson
(b. 1981) has operated as a musician since adolescence—intuitively seeking the liminal realms in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative experiences were primarily rooted in extreme and often discordant forms of rock, metal, free improvisation, modernist composition, jazz, oddball pop, soundtracks, noise, and electronic music. Massimo Ricci, of Touching Extremes writes, "Lipson easily stands among the best bassists I've heard lately, his terrifically strapping tone epitomizing the decision to really learn how an instrument works." Lipson most frequently tours with Roughhousing (including Zach Darrup and Jack Wright). He is also active with Who's Your Daddy? featuring dancer Cilla Vee/Claire Elizabeth Barratt and guitarist Davey Williams. Lipson has composed music for several films, as well as a recent collaboration with Duplex Planet-creator David Greenberger, Tyson Rogers, and Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levis. He also may or may not have some degree of affiliation with an organization known as MEINSCHAFT. For links to his music and more info on his partners over the years go here

left to right : Deranged, Wooden, Self-assured

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