Oct 7th 2021

A convergence of international improvising masters hits Elastic Arts for an evening of solo and duo improvisations. Recent New York transplant Mark Feldman does his first Chicago-area performance as a new resident of the city, and a Bay Area-based duo featuring two stalwarts of the West Coast free jazz world makes its long overdue return to Elastic Arts .


Mark Feldman – violin


Larry Ochs – saxophones
Donald Robinson – drums



During the Past 36 Year legendary violinist Mark Feldman has played and recorded in the groups of John Zorn, John Abercrombie , Sylvie Courvoisier, Billy Hart, Paul Bley, Muhal Richard Abrams, Chris Potter, Joe Lovano , Micheal Brecker , Masada String Trio, Arcado String Trio , Placido Domingo, Dave Douglas and Uri Caine. He has appeared as a aoloist with The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestra Het Barbants Eindhoven Netherlands, the WDR radio orchestra of Koln and the WDR Big Band of Koln performing Concertos composed for him.

His Recordings as a leader include
“Sounding Point” (Intakt- released 2021)
“What Exit”. (ECM – Released 2006)
“Book of Tells” (Enja- Released 1998)
“Music for violin alone” (Tzadik- Released 1995)


Performing together in various ensembles since 1991, Ochs and Robinson performed for the first time as a duo in 2011 in their hometown San Francisco Bay Area. At each of the first two concerts, an enthusiastic recording engineer offered them free access to his studio in the following months. As a result, the duo recorded a CD’s worth of music over that summer, and that is now released as The Throne (in January 2015 on the CD label Not Two). That material comprises much of the music they performed on tour in 2013, their first year performing together (as a duo) outside San Francisco.

Ochs is a founding member of the great ROVA Saxophone Quartet, one of the Bay Area’s avant-garde treasures since 1978. Robinson – “a percussive dervish,” according to Coda – was the drummer of choice for ROVA’s revivification of John Coltrane’s Ascension. The East Bay Express has said of the saxophonist’s sound: “Ochs’ full-bodied tenor is out of the John Coltrane/Albert Ayler ‘free’ tradition: forceful, passionate… talking-in-tongues,” while the Chicago Reader said about the drummer and his relationship with Ochs: “Robinson is neither flashy nor explosive, but his playing has heft and he covers lots of ground – he can maintain a feeling of order while playing meter-less rhythms or transform the pulse of jagged post-bop until it’s almost abstract. He’s a good match for Ochs, and over the decades the two of them have developed a fine-tuned rapport.”

Although Ochs and Robinson have collaborated in various groups for more than 20 years – including in the trio What We Live with bassist Lisle Ellis – their duo is a recent phenomenon, having developed over the past couple of years. Ochs says: “Our playing together has evolved to a really special place, I think. We’re definitely coming out of the tradition of horn-drum duos from John Coltrane & Rashied Ali to Wadada Leo Smith & Billy Higgins, but we’ve found our own space after a long stretch of shows together. Our set will include new, original material, with some high-energy playing and things that are more spatial, as well as some homages to more popular music. In a sparse setting like this, the music hits a listener right away – nothing is obscured, everything is clear.”



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