The handful of people who know this kind of music call it free improvisation, but the rest of the world might say "experimental jazz." This group only plays on tour--the fifth one coming up in April 2015, which will take them to 17 different cities, from Pittsburgh to Lincoln. 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 players of Wrest live in Easton PA, Chatanooga TN and Columbus OH respectively, and come together several times a year. They began as a collaboration in Chicago in 2012 and played several shows on their way east. The group toured a second time in April 4-14 2013, through the Southeast, then again Sept. 18-30, 2013, mostly in Ohio. On the fourth tour in June 2014 through the Midwest they played 12 shows. The fifth tour was three weeks, and took them as far west as Lincoln NE and north to Minneapolis, in April-May 2015.
Wrest released a cd Ingress available on bandcamp and hard copies.
Earlier Spring Garden Music released recordings from their Toledo and Pittsburgh shows in Sept. 2012, a sample of which is here.
And here's a video made from a bike trip in columbus
Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone 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 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as legendary guitarist Davey Williams called him back in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And 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 vocablular of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. 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) has operated as a musician since adolescence—intuitively seeking the liminal zones 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, improvised music, modernist composition, jazz, outsider pop, soundtracks, and noise.
In addition to WREST, Lipson is also currently active with Normal Love. Recently, he has written music for several films as well as a new collaboration with David Greenberger, Amanda Cagle, and Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levis. Past units include Satanized, Dynamite Club, Psychotic Quartet, Femme Tops and the Weasel Walter Trio. Lipson has performed throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan and Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, High Two, Public Eyesore, Badmaster, Caminante, New Atlantis and Damage Rituals. Lipson co-ran Secret Weave, a presenting organization for all things anomalous, iconoclastic and incredibly strange in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from 2013-2014. He is currently scheming to actualize an all-in-one dystopian tiki lounge, mystical grotto, and occult ritual chamber. He has concocted over 40 original faux-tropical cocktails since 2013.
Ben Bennett is an improvising percussionist who plays drums, membranes, and self-made instruments, which are combined with each other in various mutable arrangements, and played by striking, friction, breath, and other techniques. Although his instrument and music could both be described as unorthodox, they retain the essence of the modern drumset, and are a distillation of diverse musical traditions. He has toured North America and Europe, playing with different groups, ad-hoc collaborations, and solo. "The crux of Bennett’s output is formed through his anomalous showmanship and in the resourceful nature of the instruments he tailors. If there is “value” to be found in his art, then these aspects surely make for a sensible starting point. Recycled objects and household items are transformed into contraptions assembled for a purpose unknown to the performer until the very moment he drags them before baffled onlookers, inserting them into an orifice or smashing them with an unrelated implement. Such instances of universal obscurity add to the queer web of noise that makes the resulting sound so riveting from the perspective of the audience." -Tiny Mixtapes More info