from video taken by Alex Lippisch in Cleveland
"It's brilliant, fiery, amazing. I mean like the first Bennink-Bailey encounters ... obscenely amazing." Ben Watson (author of Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation).
Zach and Jack toured in Europe in Sept., performing at the Xfest UK 2017 in Manchesterin the UK, Sheffield, Oxford, at the Cafe Oto and elsewhere in London, and also in France: Lille, Rennes, Rouen, Le Havre, and Paris; and in Amsterdam. This was the culmination of almost weekly playing since June of 2014, when Zach moved into the Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia. It has been an intense engagement since then, the most regular musical activity for both of them, in sessions with visiting musicians, touring widely, and performing locally.
Planning for their next Europe tour in Nov. 2018 has begun, with Germany added to their list of appearances.
Here's their CD release, Meet and Greet reviewed here. Another link to music is with frequent partner trombonist Patrick Crossland here. A Cleveland performance here. They have been touring mostly with double bassist Evan Lipson as Roughhousing, with whom they toured again November 2017. Another recording is here: Slush Fun: Jan. 2017 with Ron Stabinsky, keyboard.
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 (Recent Europe Tours). Now at 75 he is still touring widely, engaged with players outside music school careerdom and mostly unknown to the music press (Discography). 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 and sounds go to Spring Garden Music and for writing try this: Jack is Wright Wordpress See also Cadence Magazine Interview, July 2017, p. 55-73
Zachary Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him--somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments. A solo of Zach's on Yawncannon