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May 112012

Photo triptych of Peter Evans taken and created by C. Neil Scott.

Here at Noa Noa house, we never host shows on weekdays. Neighbors and stuff. So why are we hosting one this Tuesday?


If you know anything about contemporary free jazz, you know the names Evans and LaPlante, two of the most important innovators in the New York jazz scene.

Here’s what Bowerbird says of Peter Evans:

Trumpeter Peter Evans is known for his super virtuosic cavalcade of furious blowing, madcap bebopping and nonstop circular breathing. He has an amazing list of collaborators, including: Mary Halvorson, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Keiji Haino, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Brotzmann, and many more. Peter also performs contemporary new music as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

And here’s what PopMatters had to say of Travis LaPlante’s 2011 album Heart Protector:

Solo saxophone albums aren’t as plentiful as, say, solo piano or guitar albums. As such, they are special. Yet no amount of listening to Anthony Braxton’s For Alto, Ken Vandermark’s Furniture Music or any of David S. Ware’s recent solo excursions could prepare me for the unaccompanied debut of Little Women member Travis Laplante. Heart Protector is a masterpiece that stands out in an already selective field, one that celebrates the creepy noises and spaces between the notes on a saxophone and creates a texture that owes more to Eno than Ewart.

SQUARE PEOPLE saxophonist CRAIG SCHENKER will also perform. Music starts at 8pm on the back porch of Noa Noa. We’re asking for an $8 to $10 donation to the touring musicians. If you consider yourself a fan of the cutting edge, DO NOT MISS THIS!

More details on the Facebook event page. Check out a video of Peter Evans with EVAN PARKER and FURT below. Incredible stuff.

An evening of solo improvisation.
Peter Evans, Travis LaPlante, Craig Schenker
Tuesday, May 15th, 8pm sharp
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203