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Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee, Michael Bisio, Chris Corsano

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Date(s) - 02/08/2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

UpFront Exhibition Space


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Joe McPhee has a long history of working individually with both Michael Bisio and Chris Corsano, but this performance marks the first time their forces unite as a trio. All three members of the group are renown improvisers in their own right, each with over 100 recordings under his belt and frequent tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. They are sure to bring an evening of collective improvisation of the highest order to UpFront Exhibition Space.

  • Joe McPhee – saxophones
  • Michael Bisio – upright bass
  • Chris Corsano – drums

Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty five recordings in his discography, twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes : “The physicality of Mr. Bisio’s bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;…”

Chris Corsano (b. 1975, USA) is an upstate NY-based drummer who has been active at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990’s. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as “The Hated Music”, combines modern free-jazz’s ecstatic collectivist spirit and the urgency and intensity of hardcore punk.

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