For this rare Australian performance, drummer Pheeroan akLaff will be joined by a stellar band including the legendary Mike Nock on piano – a fellow member of the famed New York Jazz Collective, Cameron Undy on bass and firebrand saxophonist Peter Farrar.
American jazz/avant-garde drummer and percussionist, Pheeroan akLaff has appeared with some of the more adventurous musicians in jazz of the past 20 years. He has performed and recorded the world over with some of the most prominent musicians on the free jazz scene including trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s New Dalta Ahkri, a longtime association with altoist Oliver Lake (including work with the reggae group Jump Up), Henry Threadgill’s Sextet, Mal Waldron and Cecil Taylor to name a few.
In 2006 he co-founded Seed Artists in Brooklyn and in 2009, he reestablished his creative partnership with Leo Smith after thirty years, resulting in a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013.
“He can drive an ensemble forward with the machine-gun attack of his snare and the rolling thunder of his bass and toms, compounding and enriching the music with dense polyrhythms, or using the metallic shimmer of his cymbals to surmount it all with a luminous, celebratory grace.”
7:30pm – Friday 7th October
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Auditorium.
Peter Farrar – saxophone
Mike Nock – piano
Cameron Undy – bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums
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