WildLife to add a little magic to the Glasgow music scene
- Stewart Smith
- 10 February 2016
New Glasgow night a 'platform for experimental practice across genres’
'Our aim is to ally some of the more forward thinking people on the Glasgow music scene, of which there are many, with the international avant-garde,' says Trembling Bells' Alex Neilson of WildLife, the new club night he and promoters Idea Mexico are running at Glasgow's Poetry Club.
The first WildLife pairs the uncategorisable Glasgow quartet Still House Plants with the free jazz duo of Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano. Corsano's drumming has an amazing effect on audiences, says Neilson. 'He's like a magician explaining some universal message. He's one of the best musicians I've ever seen, Coltrane quality.' The veteran multi-instrumentalist McPhee, says Neilson, is 'a link to the golden age of fire music', and continues to push the boundaries.
WildLife returns a week later with a special show from the great Linda Sharrock and her group (In) The Absyssity of the Ground. Vocalist Sharrock, who is best known for her 'orgasmic, deeply spiritual' albums with late guitarist husband Sonny, has recently re-emerged following a stroke.
By no means restricted to free jazz, WildLife is, says Neilson, 'a platform for experimental practice across genres' and 'a magnet for the new wave of artistic people emerging in Glasgow.'
Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Heather Leigh and Still House Plants play the Poetry Club, Glasgow, Tue 16 Feb. Linda Sharrock / (In) The Abbysity of the Grounds and Death Shanties play the same venue, Mon 22 Feb.