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Roughhousing makes a boisterous noise

The free improv trio is driven by the fierce, alchemical power of the moment

Thursday November 16, 2017 05:40 pm EST


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Roughhousing, defined as a form of boisterous play among friends, is the perfect moniker for a trio of transcendent improvisers. Jack Wright (saxophone), Zach Darrup (electric guitar), and Evan Lipson (double bass), three hardened veterans of the free improv scene, are driven by a fierce belief in the power of their cabalistic craft. Together, the trio conjures unadulterated, alchemical experiences that demand deep, in-the-moment listening. Taking the stage, the only thing up the trio’s collective sleeve is a musical surprise, the texture, color, and shape of which they don’t know until it’s been rendered unto the listener by their fingertips, lips, and lungs.

In his recently released book, The Free Musics, the 74-year-old Wright posits that free improvisation “exposes the gap separating human beings at play from musicians functioning as entertainers.”

Sharing the bill and the philosophy are the duo Killick Hinds (guitar and devices) and Monique Osorio (voice) and Jon Ciliberto, whose work runs the gamut from alt-folk-pop songs to electronic noise experiments.

$7-$10 (suggested donation). 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 18. Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St. www.mammalgallery.com.