Spring Garden Music




jack wright....evan lipson....ben bennett





Video: Wrest in Lafayette IN

Audio: Wrest in Toledo

The handful of people who know this kind of music call it free improvisation, but the rest of the world might say "experimental jazz," or even noise. This group played on tour for several years, mainly in the Midwest and Southeast, and after seven years has the chance to do it again. Wrest is restless, using all their imagination each show to do something stranger than we did the night before.

"Wrest-ing never does serious bodily harm but might scare your aunties and inlaws out of the room real quick. Sound and magic tricks on sax, floor percussion, bass. What happened? We don't know what we're doing until we're doing it."

The three musicians of Wrest live in Easton PA, Knoxville TN and Philadelphia respectively, and come together several times a year, often with guitarist Zach Darrup. They began as a collaboration in Chicago in 2012 and played several shows on their way east. Their fifth tour was three weeks, and took them as far west as Lincoln NE and north to Minneapolis, in April-May 2015.

The next tour is Wrest Southeast: Roanoke, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Memphis, Jackson MS, New Orleans, Eutaw AL, Panama City FL, Tallahassee, Atlanta, Columbia SC, and Knoxville.:

Wrest released a cd Ingress

In 2014 Ben and Jack released a CD Tangle on Public Eyesore, including reviews, a clip of recording is here

A video in a quiet concert space: Columbia SC, and with accompaniment by lively bar regulars in Nashville

And here's music put to video of a bike trip in columbus

Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 1980s he has been touring through the US and Europe, finding interesting partners and playing situations. Now pushing 80 he is still touring widely, engaged with players outside music school careerdom and mostly unknown to the music press. His influence has extended through writings, most recently The Free Musics, published in 2017. As for his playing, he possibly has the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and sounds often animalistic and obscene. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king." For more info go to springgarden music, for sounds soundcloud.com/#jackwright and writings jackiswright.wordpress.com/

Evan Lipson (b. 1981)
Living with the incurable disease of music since early adolescence, [bassist] Evan Lipson seeks 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 discordant forms stemming from various traditions of “underground” and ancient musics.

“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.”------Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)

Ben Bennett Ben Bennett is a Philadelphia-based percussionist. He usually plays a compact pile of self-made drums, stretched membranes, and other objects which are continually rearranged in the course of playing, and sounded with techniques of the hit, rub, and blow varieties. A branching path of musical de-materialization has led to other forms of performance, including self-vitiating monologues, and the long and repetitive YouTube series, Sitting and Smiling and Walking and Talking. His work tends toward themes of pointlessness, paradox, and stupidity.

“The enigmatic musician and artist Ben Bennett has a mind-bogglingly wide variety of fascinating work that covers both poles of extremes. As a percussionist, his improvised performances are wild, exciting and constantly changing, using an arsenal of drums, cymbals, homemade instruments and found objects that are struck, rubbed or vibrated using air from his lungs, unlocking hidden universes of unfamiliar sounds.” -Ernie Paik

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