Robots On Fire & The Bletchley Bombes

After more than fifty years of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler, what does it mean to be playing in the free jazz (avant-garde?) tradition?
Is this just another kind of bourgeois white guy revival music with vague pretensions to class rebellion?
Is free music the new Dixieland?
All will be revealed in an evening of musical entertainment by Robots On Fire and The Bletchley Bombes.
The Bletchley Bombes play the music of iconoclastic jazz composers such as Thelonious Monk, Grachan Moncur III, Eric Dolphy, and Steve Lacy. This quintet performs with a focus on the spontaneous, and the unexpected; bucking some of the common practices of jazz performance. The Bombes are led by baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist Shane Krause, and features trumpeter Eric Weiden, tenor saxophonist Dominic Conway, drummer Ben Brown and guest bassist Tommy Babin.
Founded by saxophonist Darren Williams and bassist Dave Chokroun in 2002, Robots On Fire is about taking musical traditions, blowing them up, and playing the pieces – including the tradition of taking the tradition, blowing it up, and playing the pieces. With a sound resembling a Peter Brötzmann/Albert Ayler/Ornette Coleman mashup and pushing the boundaries of extended instrumental technique, the Robots play original compositions, incendiary improvisations, protest songs, and free jazz “classics.” Live performances have included collaborations with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, and Mats Gustafsson. Robots on Fire are Dave Chokroun (bass), John Mutter (guitar), Kevin Romain (drums), Jonathon Wilcke (alto sax), and Darren Williams (tenor sax).
Doors at 8:30pm / Music begins at 9:00pm
$7.00 cover charge


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