Concert: Raymond MacDonald and Günter 'Baby' Sommer


  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 19:30

  • Reid Concert Hall
    Bristo Square
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9AG

Jazz improvisation concert featuring jazz drummer Günter 'Baby' Sommer and saxophonist (and head of Reid School of Music) Raymond MacDonald, with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.

This concert is part of a tour that will also be stopping at The Glad Café in Glasgow, The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, and The Vortex Jazz Club in London.

Günter Baby Sommer is towering figure in improvised music - he one of the first generation original free jazz drummers one of the master musicians of contemporary European jazz. He belongs to the circle of extraordinary drummers that developed throughout the improvised music scene a highly individual playing and built up an unmistakable? Born in Dresden in 1943, Sommer studied at the Hochschule für Musik „Carl Maria von Weber“. Then his musical contributions the most important jazz groups of the GDR like the Ernst-Ludwig-Petrowksy-Trio, Zentralquartett and the Ulrich Gumpert Workshopband made it possible for him to get involved in the international scene. Thus, Sommer not only worked in trio with Wadada Leo Smith and Peter Kowald but took part in fascinating meetings with Peter Brötzmann, Fred van Hove, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker and Cecil Taylor. His solowork enabled him for intense collaborations with writers as Günter Grass. Sommer’s discography comprises around 100 records. As a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden he has an influence on the professional imparting of the contemporary jazz to the next generations.

Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition.Collaborating with musicians such as David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke and Marilyn Crispell his work informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically.He plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts and his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. He is also Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.

Admission free.