Saxophonist Ivo Perelman Set To Perform
in Celebration of Seven New Releases –
The Art of Perelman – Shipp Volumes 1-7
May 7 at (Le) Poisson Rouge and June 3 at Vision Festival 22
Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is set to perform in New York at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, May 7 and at Vision Festival 22 on Saturday, June 3. Perelman will perform in duet with pianist Matthew Shipp at (Le) Poisson Rouge and with his quartet at Vision Festival 22. The quartet features pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Walt Dickey. These performances will celebrate seven new releases that mark the end of the collaboration between the two musicians.
The passionately ingenious Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman enjoys a unique partnership with the brilliantly eclectic pianist Matthew Shipp that stretches back more than two decades and encompasses more than 30 recordings. These document the ever-expanding extent of their seemingly mystical connection. Now, in their most ambitious project to date, Perelman and Shipp present The Art Of Perelman-Shipp, a series of seven discs (released simultaneously), all centered around the core of their collaborative formats–the saxophone-piano duo that constitutes a binary star system all its own.
These artistic soul mates engage in a musical communication that calls to mind the greatest partnerships in improvised music: Parker and Gillespie, Brubeck and Desmond, Coltrane and Tyner. As Neil Tesser, who annotated all seven discs, writes: “At this juncture, and especially in the duo format, they each can anticipate the other’s responses. A connection exists that some would call telepathy or even clairvoyance. Not only do they finish each other’s sentences; they also start them.” But not even Coltrane and Tyner approached each performance in the way of Perelman and Shipp, who walk into the studio without any preconceived plan–no written theme, no harmonic schemes, no outline of the events that will take place–and simply start to play, allowing the music to go where it will and trusting their shared history to guide the proceedings.
If music is the most abstract of the arts; and jazz the most abstract of music genres–and free improvisation the most abstract of jazz idioms–then this music should simply spin off into space. And yet there’s nothing ethereal about these recordings. Just the opposite: they have structure and purpose that belie the total spontaneity that informs them. Rather than wisps of smoke, the music of the Perelman-Shipp Duo has always bristled with flesh and bone. In The Art Of Perelman-Shipp, they introduce a new ingredient: stardust, the elemental material that gives rise to all the rest.
Ivo Perelman · The Art Of Perelman-Shipp (7 Volumes)
Leo Records · Release Date: March 3, 2017
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