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Full Blast with Peter Brötzmann + Pak Yan Lau & Chris Corsano + Candlesnuffer  -  Sat Oct 06, 2018  |  07:00 pm
Peter Brötzmann is part of that group of musicians who responded to American free jazz in the 60s by forging a distinctive European approach, and whose uncompromisingly ferocious 1968 album ‘Machine Gun’ remains one of the seminal works in jazz history. Since then Brötzmann has worked in several long-running projects, of which the trio Full Blast, with bassist Marino Pliakas and drummer Michael Wertmüller, is one of the most fruitful, having played in well over 30 countries since 2004 . . . but never in the UK outside London, so this is a tremendous coup for the Newcastle Festival.

The duo of pianist Pak Yan Lau and drummer Chris Corsano dates from 2011 when they were drawn together by a shared enthusiasm for unconventional music making through preparation and modification of their instruments. Pak Yan is part of the Brussels underground scene, active across the spectrum from groove-based post-rock to abstract minimalism, while Chris is equally unconstrained by genre, working with a dizzying kaleidoscope of artists as diverse as Evan Parker, Jim O’Rourke and Björk. Together they don’t so much cross musical boundaries as refuse to acknowledge that they even exist.

Finally, to complete a mouth-watering and mind-blowing triple bill, there’s a set from David Brown, a pivotal members of the Melbourne avant-garde who, since the mid-70s, has worked with the cream of Australia’s progressive musicians; his solo 'Candlesnuffer' project centres on techniques which meld opposing streams like conventional electro-acoustic methods with noise and rock, and a vocabulary of tiny acoustic sounds enlarged outside their normal context in performance.

Tickets are available from the Lit & Phil (0191 232 0192), Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from

This concert is promoted in association with the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music