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Best of Boston 2009

A comprovisational what?

Free jazz at 186; Grizzler at Axiom
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 2, 2009


Local saxophonist and electronic-musician JORRIT DIJKSTRA combines a variety of styles ranging from jazz to electro-acoustic improv and noise to create his own emotive and often idiosyncratic music. He'll be operating in a more traditional mode this Sunday, however, when he performs in a new trio with pianist PANDELIS KARAYORGIS and drummer CURT NEWTON at Outpost 186. "I've been moving and shaking myself a little in the Boston free-improv and noise and electronics scene, but I feel I have some strong jazz roots as well that I don't seem to want to get rid of. Playing with Curt and Pandelis fulfills my jazz/free-jazz/acoustic-improv needs."

On Tuesday night at Axiom Gallery, local sound artist and curator JED SPEARE has organized what he calls a "Comprovisation Informance" with the large improvisatory ensemble GRIZZLER, who're led by saxophonist DAVE GROSS and staffed by a coterie of local improvisers, noise artists, and jazz musicians. Okay, Jed, what exactly is a "Comprovisation Informance"? As Speare describes it, the event, part of an ongoing series at Axiom, will function like an open laboratory focused on structured improvisation, or comprovisation. There will be discussion interspersed with a series of sets by Grizzler. Speare's hope is that the audience and the performers will collaborate. "The audience can join the discussion and along with Grizzler plot different types of scores, texts, suggestions, instructions, graphics, and limits for Grizzler to try out," Speare writes by e-mail. "It's going to be a good way for the audience to sound out some of their own ideas, using Grizzler as the sonic material to shape them with."

JORRIT DIJKSTRA/PANDELIS KARAYORGIS/CURT NEWTON | Outpost 186, 186-1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge | February 8 at 8 pm | $5-10 suggested donation | | JED SPEARE + GRIZZLER | Axiom Gallery, 141 Green St, Jamaica Plain | February 10 at 7 pm | $7 suggested donation | 617.653.7774 or

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