FREE PERFORMANCE: Friday, November 6, 2009, 4:00pm

CHICAGO: Corbett vs. Dempsey continues its series of unaccompanied instrumentalists with a visit from the brilliant Swiss reed player Hans Koch. One of the foremost European improvisors, Koch is a member of various ensembles, including Koch-Schutz-Studer and the Barry Guy New Orchestra. He is active in ad hoc settings, playing with all the major figures, and he is well known as a soloist, particularly on the bass and contrabass clarinet and tenor saxophone, to which he has added a significant new vocabulary. Steady and measured, but with a keen sense of dynamics and a hidden passion that leaps forth periodically, he is a multiple reed player of major proportions. Koch joins us during an American tour that brings him to Chicago to perform at the Umbrella Music Festival.

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