Delius and Graewe
stylistic centers, each with its own emphasis but also full of cross-fertilization and cooperation. On November 24, Kerrytown Concert House presents an evening of such music by two very different players whose paths have crossed over the years, Dutch saxophonist and clarinetist Tobias Delius and German pianist Georg Graewe.
Delius has a complex history: born in England, raised in Germany and Mexico, he is one of the main players on the multifaceted Amsterdam scene, often playing with the Instant Composers Pool (ICP) orchestra, as a sideman in various groups, and as leader of his own trio and quartet. Although he likes to explore the outer reaches of modernity, he is also a serious student of the history of the tenor saxophone, as much enamored of the sophisticated swing harmonies of Coleman Hawkins or the down-home funk of Gene Ammons as of the extroverted avant screams of Albert Ayler or Frank Wright. He loves to explore the seemingly infinite tonal potential of the tenor saxophone, from subtone low notes to altissimo cries, sometimes loud, sometimes very soft. But no matter how abstract his compositions and improvisations become, underneath it all lurks a warm-hearted romanticism and a love of melody. And his idiosyncratic clarinet playing can take you all the way back to the days of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, albeit skewed by a surrealist filter.