Some young jazz musicians find their style and move in lock, stock and barrel, making little refinements over the years but basically keeping their place. Ingrid Laubrock, a German saxophonist who started her career in London and has spent the last 15 years playing there, sounds happily unsettled. On tenor and soprano, she’s omnivorous and pointed, slouching and precise, humorous and austere…You didn’t walk away thinking, well, that sounded like a certain person, place or time. Ms. Laubrock encouraged its constant sense of renewal.
Originally from Germany, Ingrid moved to London at age 19 and joined the F-IRE (Fellowship for Integrated Rhythmic Expression) Collective. During her tenure with F-RE, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, was among the nominees for the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’ in 2005 and won a Fellowship in Jazz Composition from the Arts Foundation in 2006. After spending nineteen years in London, the reedist relocated to Brooklyn. Currently, Ingrid is splitting her time between her base in Brooklyn and Moers, Germany, where she has been appointed the “Improviser in Residence.”
Ingrid has performed and recorded with a host of creative musicians including Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Evan Parker, and many others. Her own groups include Anti-House, which features the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the pianist Kris Davis, the bassist John Hébert, and the drummer Tom Rainey; Paradoxical Frog, a collaboratively-led trio with Kris and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey; Sleepthief, featuring Tom and the pianist Liam Noble; and a new octet featuring Mary, Liam, and Tom, as well as the bassist Drew Gress, the accordionist Ted Reichman, flugelhornist Tom Arthurs, and cellist Ben Davis – several other exciting ensembles, a few of which feature different combinations of the same personnel, are listed here.
Anti-House is heading into studio on Sunday to record a new album for Intakt Records. On Thursday night, you can get a taste of the groups’ “knotty, kinetic avant-jazz” (TONY) at The Jazz Gallery. Time Out New York agrees that you shouldn’t miss it; they’ve selected this performance as a Critics’ Pick.
Watch a video of the group performing live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden in 2010.