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April 19, 2009

Burton Greene & Perry Robinson, Austin TX, 23 April 2009

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I can’t believe that we here in Central Texas are lucky enough to see/hear two of the all-time greats of free-jazz, pianist BURTON GREENE and clarinetist PERRY ROBINSON. Both are masters of the entire jazz tradition, in addition to various world musics and klezmer and many other styles, but they are no doubt best-known for their 60’s work, Greene recording for both ESP-DISK and BYG-Actuel, and Robinson recording for ESP-DISK (on the classic Henry Grimes session THE CALL) and Savoy (the amazing FUNK DUMPLING). The concert is hosted by the wonderful contemporary music champions THE CHURCH OF THE FRIENDLY GHOST. Here’s the COTFG press release for the event:

WHAT: Burton Greene & Perry Robinson perform in duo.

WHEN: Thursday April 23rd, doors at 7PM, performance at 7:30

WHERE: The Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center,
1165 Angelina Street, Austin TX.
$12 admission.

WHY: church of the friendly ghost presents this concert as a part of our ongoing series of performances in creative music.

email or call Aaron Mace at 512 786 2015 for more information.

This is yet another momentous occasion for jazz and creative music in Austin for April 2009.

April is jazz appreciation month in Austin, and the community is doing our beautiful city’s reputation justice this year. Just look at the roster of performances this month! Epistrophy Arts brings Ab Barrs & Ken Vandermark to the Victory Grill, NMC brings the music of Alvin Lucier to Ceremony Hall, Fuse Box festival brings Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins to the Long Center, and over at the Salvage Vanguard we’re hosting Omar Tamez next week. These are some bright points, but not half of everything there will be to hear of this month. Not a month to take living in Austin for granted.

Since 2003, in the course of organizing over 400 performances, this date with Burton Greene and Perry Robinson stands out as one of the most highly anticipated within our organization as well as the close community of musicians and great lovers of new music that we have become friends with over the years.

Burton Greene has been a brilliant, tireless, path-cutting artist for over 40 years beginning prominently
in the avante garde jazz scene in New York around 1960 and joining the jazz composers guild in 1964.
Cautioning not to be prolix in this press release, and trusting, dear journalist, that you might already be well aware that when it come to playing with important figures in jazz, being a part of the jazz composers guild in 1964 sets the bar on the top notch. Perhaps it isn’t so much that Burton Greene has played with everyone important you’ve heard of, but that they’ve played with him.

Perry Robinson is a musical treasure, a master of the clarinet, and likely a genius. For the breadth of his career and the depth of his work, I am afraid he probably deserves very much wider recognition. It is no exaggeration to call him one of the very best clarinet talents in the world.

*In addition to this performance, and as part of the Fuse Box festival, Burton and Perry will be interviewed at the Modern Aural Sculpture Symposium South {M.A.S.S.S.} to be held Friday April 24th, and Saturday April 25th at the Acton School of Business at 1404 east Riverside Dr.
The interview is scheduled for 12:30 PM on Friday the 24th at the Acton School, conducted by cultural maven, music writer, jazz historian, and mad library scientist Clifford Allen, one of the “ten hippest cats in Austin.”
This is truly AN EVENT. Hey, if you can attend only one cultural happening in Austin this coming week, skip my reading on Sunday at Ruta Maya and see Burton Greene and Perry Robinson on Thursday. If they were booked at the same time as my reading, I would skip my own reading to see them!

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for sharing this info. Burton Greene and Perry Robinson are amazing. There is an upcoming duo release coming out soon on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. April is jammed packed with creative music offerings. Your post mentions the Epistrophy Arts presentation of the Ab Baars trio with Ken Vandermark. Readers may also want to know about the Peter Brotzmann / Nasheet Waits / Eric Revis trio show at the Victory Grill on April 30 as well.


    PG Moreno
    Epistrophy Arts

    Comment by Pedro Moreno — April 21, 2009 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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