Zak, Jak and Michael + Phil Mazza/Ryan Kowal Duo

March 24, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – March 25, 2015 @ 1:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
$6 (Free w/ Brown ID)
Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling 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 guitarist Davey Williams called him, on the road as much as ever. His range includes punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”.
Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics.While his primary instrument is an unconventionally altered drumset, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.
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.


Ryan Kowal and Phil Mazza Duo

Ryan Kowal and Phil Mazza have been a part of the New England music scene for the past decade. Their musical influences and styles have brought them together within a number of bands, including the Jazz Fusion group Interplay, where they have released two albums. Recently, they both have been making waves in the Boston Free Music Scene. Both have performed with many of the top musicians in the area and have just recorded an album with Charlie Kohlhase, Kit Demos, and Ben Dicke. With Phil and Ryan’s years of musical collaborative history, the time seemed right to explore the possibilities of a vibraphone and guitar duo. By exploring advanced techniques, improvisational ideas, and listening skills, they bring a fresh and intriguing performance that will keep listeners on their toes.