16/04/2020 – 20:00
Ken Vandermark, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor and Paal Nilssen-Love zone in and scramble together rock, jazz, noise and blistering free improv into a highly-charged onstage assault as Lean Left and have a brand new release on offer. Also Tashi Dorji makes his overdue rentrée at Oorstof with his inimitable guitar plucking.
After Eight years Oorstof welcomes Lean Left again who will present a brand new release for PNL Records. Lean Left combines two explosive duos – the sax/drums collision course of Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love with the pile-driving guitarists Terrie Ex and Andy Moor of The Ex – to make up a positively apocalyptic quartet: an elemental musical force featuring grade A international players zoning in and scrambling together rock, jazz, noise and blistering free improv into a highly-charged onstage assault. The music of Lean Left is extroverted, energetic, powerful and inclusive but also confrontational and provocative. Or, as English comedic genius Stewart Lee stated about the band, ‘jazz theorizing be damned, its like being 18 again’.
I Forgot To Breathe on the Trost label in 2019 was the first studio album in Lean Left’s eight year career, and it channels the ferocity of their live performances with a sonic clarity yet to be heard on any of their recordings. Now Lean Left is back with a brand new CD ‘Life in Pardon TuTu, Warsaw Poland’ for PNL Records that will be presented on this European tour.
The Buthanese guitar player Tashi Dorji is without any doubt one of the most original improvisors of the moment. His first appearance in the Oorstof series in 2015 – also his first European concert ever – and the following European tour as guest and support of Godspeed You! Black Emperor was a real triumph. Now Dorji is finaly back in Europe for a series of concerts with stops in Antwerp (16/4 Het Bos) and Brussels (18/4 AB Salon).
Dorji took in free improvised music for the first time while studying in the U.S., where he still resides. It’s there that Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) discovered his exceptional talent as guitar player and improvisor. Chasney started the Hermit Hut label in 2014 in order to release Dorji’s Debut album. Though often compared to legends like John Fahey or Derek Bailey, Dorji remains very modest. In the mean time Dorji also started a series of very successful collaborations with a.o. Tyler Damon (Circuit de Yeux), Mette Rasmussen, C. Spencer Yeh, Michael Zerang and Aki Onda. In February 2020 the fantastic release Purple Dark Opal by Kuzu will be released on the Aerophonic label. Kuzu is the prolific trio of Dorji and Damon with Dave Rempis (Ballister, From Wolves To Whales). Kuzu will present this release at the end of October in the Oorstof series but first it’s time for Dorji and his inimitable solo guitar excursions that will take us from percussive and rhythmic play with a folky and meditative character to extreme and in your face soundscapes.
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