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Joe Morris / Raf Vertessen / Will Greene

IMprovised SOund – Milwaukee is proud to host the trio of:

Joe Morris (bass/guitar)
Raf Vertessen (drums) &
Will Greene (reeds)

In the Sugar Maple back room. Doors 6:30 / Show begins promptly at 7 pm.

New Release:…/pre-exist-joe…

Downbeat Magazine called guitarist / multi-instrumentalist / composer / improviser Joe Morris “the preeminent free music guitarist of his  generation.” Will Montgomery, writing in WIRE magazine, called him “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.” He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 first playing rock music, progressing to blues, then to jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. He released his first record Wraparound (riti) in 1983. He has composed over 200 original pieces of music. Morris has performed and/or recorded with many of the most important contemporary artists in improvised music including, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Tomeka Reid, Fay Victor, Tim Berne, Jaimie Branch, William Parker, Sylvie Courvoisier, Agusti Fernandez, Peter Evans, David S. Ware, Joe Maneri, Dewey Redman, Sunny Murray, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Ikue Mori, Charmaine Lee, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marshall Allen, Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, Matthew Shipp, Sunny Murray, Zeena Parkins, Joe McPhee and many others.

Raf Vertessen is a drummer and composer from Tessenderlo, Belgium. He is based in New York City and is active in the avant-garde and improvised music scene. He leads his own group, the Raf Vertessen Quartet, with Anna Webber, Adam O’ Farrill and Nick Dunston. Furthermore he performs with Charlotte Jacobs, Will Greene, Elias Stemeseder, Steven Long, Henry Fraser, Zach Layton, Joe McPhee, Hanne De Backer, Jesse Heasly, Dan Pencer, Ches Smith etc.

Will Greene plays guitar and saxophone and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He improvises and writes music based on what he would like to hear. Generally, Will is fascinated by repurposing old, almost-forgotten sounds, finding new, soon-to-be-forgotten sounds, and exploring dynamic and physical limits in their extremes. Will is a member of avant-thrash outfit TRIGGER, the sci-fi country band DRESSAGE, and italo-prog-pop ensemble TREDICI BACCI. He is also proud of and grateful for his past and ongoing collaborations that have taken him across the United States and several continents. A woefully abbreviated list of these collaborators: John Zorn, Elias Stemeseder, Zoe Christiansen, Kenny Wollesen, Max Jaffe, Henry Fraser, Carrie Furniss, Daniel Pencer, and Jesse Heasly.


Aug 20 2023


7:00 pm