Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh
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Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh

A co-presentation with Ars Nova Workshop


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh meet again at FringeArts for a night of explosive improvisation.

Peter Brötzmann has been a trailblazing figure in global free jazz since his 1968 Machine Gun album essentially documented the formation of European free improvisation. A painter by trade, Brötzmann applied lessons learned from the jazz world of Sidney Bechet, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Albert Ayler with the art world of Fluxus—he was a card-carrying member—to a primordial tenor sax caterwaul.

Heather Leigh is a Houston-bred coalminer’s daughter equally informed by her Appalachian roots, Albert Ayler, and Harry Pussy. Leigh’s approach to the pedal steel guitar is like a fractured survey of American culture’s deeply troubled heritage.

Dusted Magazine writes, “All notions of the pedal steel’s laid-back, country harmony are shattered as Leigh extols jagged notes and blocks of electric noise that seem to rail against rock, jazz and other notions of freedom music.”

$18 general/ $12.60 member
$15 student and 25-and-under

FringeArts Theater

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Photo: Ryan Collerd