April 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
The Necks, referred to by The New York Times as “one of the best trio’s on Earth”, are an Australian experimental jazz trio formed in 1987. They play improvisational pieces that extend for long periods of time, exploring the development and demise of repeated musical forms. Their 2017 double LP, Unfold, was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Avant Garde albums of the year.
Geoff Winston of London Jazz News described how “Each performance by [the Necks] begins with a blank page which one of the trio will start to fill in to commence the journey, an uninterrupted set of around forty to sixty minutes. There are no rules, no agreements about who will take that lead and about how the discourse will evolve. The only criteria that apply are those of their own impeccably high standards.” Typically a live performance will begin very quietly with one of the musicians playing a simple figure. One by one, the other two will join with their own contributions–all three players independent yet intertwined. As the ‘piece’ builds through subtle micro-changes, the interaction of their instruments creates layers of harmonics and prismatic washes of sound that lead some to apply the genre label ‘trance Jazz’. While their live performances can be challenging for those expecting a conventional musical experience, the thrill of the unique experience is sure to delight those willing to give it a try.