Tom & Gerry (Germany/USA)
This longstanding duo – celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – features two superb sculptors in sound who create a mysterious, sinuous electroacoustic music. German analogue synthesist Thomas Lehn, now based in Vienna, has been at the forefront of improvised music activity in Europe for decades, with a list of key collaborators including the leading players in the field. His supple and visceral textures and reverberations in performance can defy simple descriptions, but show a deep musicality that transcends style or instrument. Gerry Hemingway is a long-time friend of the Guelph Jazz Festival whose first appearance was a remarkable solo concert in the Bookshelf cinema in 1996. Now based in Switzerland, he remains one of the most creative and versatile drummers on the planet.
(photo credit: Ariele Monti/Jordan Hemingway)