Borbetomagus in Concert, Copenhagen Nov. 30th, 2010 - A Review
Borbetomagus in Concert
“ ... balls on the line improvisation with enough energy to flatten buildings.”
Byron Coley, FORCED EXPOSURE Magazine
It was not the first time that I attended a concert with this extraordinary trio from New York. For the first time I attended a Borbetomagus concert back in 1984, and since then I met them again and again. These three musicians go on concert tours in Europe and Japan regularly, sometimes they have more performances abroad than in the United States, and on their recent eleven-concert European tour through eight countries I met them one more time at the opening concert in the Danish capital Copenhagen.
For more than three decades Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich on saxophones and Donald Miller on guitar are following their way to create unusual, free improvised sounds on a high-energy level based on the experiences of Free Jazz - music made for people who expect the unexpected, music free from routine and stereotypes that opens your ears and clears your mind. It is an adventure to listen to these musicians who use their instruments in a very unconventional way, and for me the Copenhagen concert was another great experience as well as for my two friends who accompanied me and who attended a concert with this band for the first time.
some days later
Borbetomagus - A Poem
Six strings in vibration
And the old walls are shaking
Two bells together
And the old walls are breaking
Your ears are wide open
And clear is your mind
Let's look to the future
Leaving chaos behind
- Borbetomagus - The Most Famous Unknown Band From New York
Borbetomagus formed in 1979 when saxophone players Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich joined with electric guitarist Donald Miller. Bass guitarist Adam Nodelman was briefly a member, and they have occasionally...