Tue 12 September, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Jack Wright saxes
Zachary Darrup guitar and objects

Plus members of the Oxford Improvisers

Zach and Jack started playing in June of 2014, when Zach moved into the Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia. It has been an intense engagement since then, the most regular musical activity for both of them, in sessions with visiting musicians, touring widely, and performing locally. Their visit to Oxford is part of a European tour which takes in, performing at the Xfest UK 2017, Manchesterin, Sheffield, Cafe Oto and elsewhere in London (a listing of details in the Sept. issue of The Wire), and also in France: Lille, Rennes, Rouen, Le Havre, and Paris; and in Brussels and Leyden in Belgium, and Amsterdam.

Described 25 years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. Since the early 80s he has been touring through the US and Europe, finding interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 74 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as he was called back in the 80s, engaged mostly with players outside music school careerdom. His influence has extended through writings; in Jan. 2017 Wright’s book was published, The Free Musics. His preferred partners over the years have been mostly unknown to the music press and public, and too numerous to list here. He’s said to have the widest vocabulary of any, an expert at leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king.” For more info, discography and sounds go to and for writing go to his wordpress blog

Zachary Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him–somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments. A recent solo of Zach’s on Yawncannon

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