A powerfully lyrical improvisor, Sakata has been active on the free jazz scene for more than forty years, with only limited international exposure. Tonight he performs in a duo with Italian pianist Giovanni di Domenico, whose myriad influences have formed into a compellingly original style that has seen him play with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen and Toshimaru Nakeamura.
Albatre is a Pan-European trio based in Rotterdam, comprised of two Portuguese living in this city—alto saxophonist Hugo Costa and bassist Gonçalo Almeida, member of the Portuguese Lama Trio—joined by German drummer Philipp Ernsting. The trio’s debut offers its schizoid vision of free jazz on metal and punk steroids with electronic sonic neurosis. Albatre’s aesthetics stick to a thick, distorted stew of fast beats, sudden mood shifts, frantic drumming, and urgent, brutal sax and bass outbursts. Surprisingly enough this explosive, noisy mix is executed in total command, at times even with humor.