Jim Black – Marc Ducret – Liudas Mockūnas (US,FR, LT)

2018 / 03 / 26 19.00
MAMA Studios
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Liudas Mockūnas – Marc Ducret – Jim Black (LIT-FRA-USA)
A tandem of two ingenious personalities: French guitarist Marc Ducret and Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas joining forces with American genius drummer Jim Black.
Mockunas and Ducret began there collaboration in 2002 when Marc Ducret joined the band « Toxikum » co-lead by Liudas Mockunas and Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg. In 2004 « Toxikum » was awarded « Danish Music Award » after that « Toxikum » was touring actively in 2004-2006 around Scandinavia, Baltic countries and France. At the same time Liudas Mockunas and Marc Ducret began playing as a duo and since playing together. In 2009 NoBusiness Records released there album « Silent Vociferation.
Marc Ducret and Jim Black worked together with Tim Berne’s « Bloodcount » quintet, more than twenty years ago; they toured and recorded three cds with that band, and then played again together with Hank Robert, and recorded « Green ». Marc Ducret about Jim‘s playing: „..His musicality and his versatility – the fact that, being a composer, he always plays according to the group sound instead of « just » playing drums, always made him one of my favorite drummers…“
Liudas Mockūnas about Jim and Marc: „…for the first time I heard Jim‘s and Marc‘s playing in the late 90‘s with Tim Berne‘s Blodcount. „Espacially Marc Ducret and Jim Black blew up my mind in that band. There playing sounded so honest, fresh and special to me. To be honsest I always had a secter dream to play with both of these great musicians“
Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century.
In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one
of the world’s most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis, featuring his longtime collaborators
Chris Speed, Hilmar Jensson and Skúli Sverrisson. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but
highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black’s aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan
rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his
limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black’s
work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances. Jim Black’s
smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for
over twenty-five years.
Since the mid-90’s, Black has played a major role in the incorporation of new sounds and
techniques into the jazz/creative music context. As a member of the collective group Pachora
(with Speed, Sverrisson, and guitarist Brad Shepik) Black was one of the leaders in the study
and adaptation of Balkan music into jazz-based music. His advanced techniques abstracted the
odd time signatures of the Balkans into a new polyrhythmic language equally informed by
modern jazz, drum&bass and the dumbeks of the Balkans. Black has also been an innovator in
the use of electronics in improvisation, bridging the gap between electro-acoustic improv and
more jazz-based traditions. Today, Black’s performances are just as likely to feature his laptop-
based electronic textures as his drumming.
Born in 1967, Jim Black grew up in Seattle alongside future colleagues Chris Speed, Andrew
D’Angelo and Cuong Vu. After cementing their personal and artistic relationships in Seattle’s
various youth jazz ensembles, in 1985 they moved to Boston, where Black entered the Berklee
School of Music. In Boston, Black, Speed and D’Angelo formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt
Rosenwinkel, which rapidly attracted the attention of the jazz cognoscenti in Boston, New York
and beyond.
By 1991, Black and the other members of Human Feel had moved to New York City, where they
electrified the Downtown music scene then centered around the Knitting Factory and rapidly
became among the city’s busiest sidemen. Black’s early years in New York saw him take
featured roles in some of the most critically acclaimed bands of the time, like Tim Berne’s
Bloodcount, Ellery Eskelin’s trio, and Dave Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio. Thus began twenty years of
near-constant touring and recording, with the above bands as well as artists like Uri Caine, Dave
Liebman, Lee Konitz, Nels Cline, Steve Coleman, Tomasz Stanko, Laurie Anderson, and John
After 12 years of leading his singer-less-songwriting-post-rock-improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim
chose to go in the absolute opposite musical direction by forming a piano trio featuring one of
the most in demand NY musicians, Thomas Morgan on bass, and the young Austrian pianist
Elias Stemeseder. After two albums and a host of international tours and performances, the
trio’s third cd The Constant was released on Intakt Recordings. Jim’s latest project Malamute,
featuring tenor saxophonist Oskar Gunjonsson, was released on Intakt in January 2017.
For more information, media links and press, please visit www.jimblack.com.
“A complete musician and wonderfully fertile composer… Black has produced a masterpiece of
future jazz.” -Andy Hamilton, The Wire
“Fluent in all languages.” -Time Out NY
“wickedly inventive… A revelation.” –CMJ


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