Brötzmann / Leigh

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Heather Leigh: pedal steel guitar
Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone, bass and b-flat-clarinet, tarogato

Multireedist Peter Brötzmann and pedal steel player Heather Leigh explore free jazz and improvisation in the most engaging of ways. Over the span of two albums, the dynamic of the two has become truly transcending: a continually evolving high-energy exchange with both players pushing the potential of their instruments all the way into-the-red. After three live albums and extensive tours worldwide, they finally release the first studio album as a duo in November 2018.

press quotes

The duo has been causing something of a stir since their first meeting at Glasgows Tectonics Festival 2015. Since that time, they’ve furthered their collaboration into a dialogue that, in the words of The Wire’s Richard Thomas - spews a raucous, unrelenting, spiteful, acid-drenched, caterwauling hate-bomb; a maelstrom; a toxic dreamscape; a grotesque collision of desperate lungs and screaming metal; a romantic taser blast to the heart.

Leigh's woozily psychedelic guitar brings out Brötzmann's lyrical loverman side, but the album is still an intense listen, with the duo forging an intoxicatingly weird take on the blues. Their live shows have been great too – not to be missed. The Quietus on "Ears Are Filled with Wonder" - Best Jazz Of 2016 with Stewart Smith

on purely emotional terms,´Sparrow Nights´contains some of the earthiest, most affecting blues heard on record in 2018.- Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone Magazine (top 20 albums of 2018)




14.04.2019   HR – Zagreb, ZEZ Festival
22.04.2019   EST – Tallin, Jazzkaar Festival
11.05.2019   IT – Bologna, Angelica Festival
17.05.2019   CA – Victoriaville, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (w/ Keiji Haino)
20.05.2019   US – New York, Pioneer Works
22.05.2019   US – Dallas, Wild Detectives
23.05.2019   US – Austin, North Door
24.05.2019   US – Flight Gallery, San Antonio
25.05.2019   US – Houston, Space HL
08.06.2019   ES – Bilbao, Kaiola Festival





Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh - Instants Chavirés - 2016
Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh (Polythinking, Liquid Architecture) - 2018