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Ad Libitum - an evening of contemporary improvised music
Ad Libitum - an evening of contemporary improvised music

Sun, Jul 17



Ad Libitum - an evening of contemporary improvised music

Featuring WREST and the Emily Hay / Kris Gruda duo

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The Basics

Jul 17, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The CCC, Asheville, NC, USA

What to Expect

WREST (Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Ben Bennett)

– feat. Emily Hay / Kris Gruda duo

“Claire’s Garage” at the CCC

Sliding-scale suggested donation: $5.00 - $15.00


Jack Wright – Saxophone

Evan Lipson – Bass

Ben Bennett – Percussion

"Wrest-ing never does serious bodily harm but might scare your aunties and inlaws out of the room real quick. Sound and magic tricks on sax, floor percussion, bass. What happened? We don't know what we're doing until we're doing it."

Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 1980s he has been touring through the US and Europe, finding interesting partners and playing situations. Now pushing 80 he is still touring widely, engaged with players outside music school careerdom and mostly unknown to the music press. His influence has extended through writings, most recently The Free Musics, published in 2017. As for his playing, he possibly has the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and sounds often animalistic and obscene. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king."

Evan Lipson Living with the incurable disease of music since early adolescence, [bassist] Evan Lipson seeks the liminal realms in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative experiences were primarily rooted in extreme and discordant forms stemming from various traditions of “underground” and ancient musics.

“Lipson easily stands among the best bassists I’ve heard lately, his terrifically strapping tone epitomizing the decision to really learn how an instrument works.”------Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)

Ben Bennett “The enigmatic musician and artist Ben Bennett has a mind-bogglingly wide variety of fascinating work that covers both poles of extremes. As a percussionist, his improvised performances are wild, exciting and constantly changing, using an arsenal of drums, cymbals, homemade instruments and found objects that are struck, rubbed or vibrated using air from his lungs, unlocking hidden universes of unfamiliar sounds.”

---Ernie Paik, The Chattanooga Pulse


Emily Hay – Flutes, Vocals, Electronic FX

Kris Gruda – Guitars and FX

Emily Hay is a flutist, vocalist and sound artist who combines the complexity of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity and experimentation of free improvisation. The result is startling tone colors and wild rhythmic structures, augmented by electronically generated effects and often overlapped by unusual vocalizations ranging from primal to operatic with lyrics and sounds from the stream of consciousness.

Recently relocated from the "left coast," i.e. California and beyond, Hay performs as a soloist as well as in avant garde, art rock, free improvisation, electro acoustical and contemporary classical ensembles.

Kris Gruda is an eclectically seasoned guitarist, improvisor, sound-experimenter, and songwriter.  He is based in Asheville, NC and draws heavily from jazz, funk, and avant-garde influences.

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