Peter Evans


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New York's white trumpeter Peter Evans debuted with the solo More Is More (november 2005), the first display of his extented techniques (extreme dissonance, multiphonics, circular breathing, etc), and achieved notoriety with The Peter Evans Quartet (february 2007), featuring guitarist Brandon Seabrook, bassist Tom Blancarte, and drummer Kevin Shea, and containing the 16-minute Bodies and Souls and the 14-minute Sinatra.

After the tour de force of the double-disc Nature/Culture (november 2008), and Scenes In the House Of Music (september 2009), recorded by a quartet with Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxes), Peter Evans (trumpet), Barry Guy (bass) and Paul Lytton (drums), Evans formed the quintet documented on Ghosts (october 2010) with bassist Tom Blancarte, drummer Jim Black, pianist Carlos Homs and laptop musician Sam Pluta, containing the 15-minute Ode to Ninety Two and the 14-minute Articulation.

Another ambitious solo of extended techniques was Beyond Civilized And Primitive (october 2010).

The Bleeding Edge (may 2010) documents sessions with Okkyung Lee (cello) and Evan Parker (sax). After the trumpet duets with Nate Wooley of High Society (2011), Sum And Difference (2012) collects duets with either violinist Jim Altieri or laptop musician Sam Pluta. Payton Peter Elliott (2012) collects improvisations by Peter Evans, Payton MacDonald and Elliott Sharp.

All the time Evans was playing in Mostly Other People Do the Killing (aka MOPDTK), a quartet formed by bassist Moppa Elliott with Jon Irabagon on saxes and Kevin Shea on drums that released: Mostly Other People Do the Killing (july 2004), Shamokin (august 2006), This Is Our Moosic (january 2008), Forty Fort (january 2009), the live The Coimbra Concert (may 2010), Slippery Rock (2012) and the live Hannover (february 2014).

The split album Instrumentals Vol 1 (Dead CEO, 2011) contains home recordings: Peter Evans' Natural Light (2010) and Nate Wooley's An Hour Of Continuous Music For Walter Marchetti (2010)

Zebulon (march 2012) debuted the trio with John Hebert on bass and Kassa Overall on drums with four lengthy pieces, especially the 26-minute Carnival.

The live Trumpets and Drums (june 2012) features Nate Wooley on trumpet & amplifier, Peter Evans on trumpet & piccolo trumpet, Jim Black on drums & electronics, and Paul Lytton on drums and percussion.

Peter Evans launched Rocket Science, a quartet with Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxes), Craig Taborn (piano) and Sam Pluta on laptop, on the live Rocket Science (may 2012).

The live Cryptocrystalline (january 2013) documents a quartet with Charity Chan on piano, Peter Evans on trumpets, Tom Blancarte on bass and Weasel Walter on drums.

Expanded to a septet thanks to David Taylor on bass trombone, Brandon Seabrook on banjo & electronics and Ron Stabinsky on piano, Peter Evans' Mostly Other People Do The Killing returned with Red Hot (Hot Cup, 2013) and then with Blue (Hot Cup, 2014), a note-by-note duplicate of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue; but Evans was replaced by pianist Ron Stabinsky on Mauch Chunk (may 2015).

Measure From Zero (september 2013) was a collaboration with pianist Raleigh Dailey.

The Peter Evans Quintet replaced Homs with pianist Ron Stabinski and recorded the live Destination: Void, (march 2013), including the 27-minute Tresillo. Another live album, Event Horizon (november 2013), featured duets with Sam Pluta on laptop.

Pulverize The Sound (2015) debuted the trio of Peter Evans (trumpet), Tim Dahl (electric bass) and Mike Pride (percussion).

The live Hello I Must Be Going (may 214 - Victo, 2015) was a collaboration between Fred Frith (electric guitar) and Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxes).

Premature Burial, a trio with Matt Nelson (sax and effects) and Dan Peck (tuba and effects), debuted on The Conjuring (Fall 2013), recorded in a church (notably the 17-minute Cataleptic Fantasy).

The solo album Lifeblood (april 2016) contains the suites Lifeblood (27 minutes) and Prophets (26 minutes).

Evans also played on saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's Serpentines (may 2016), that featured Dan Peck on tuba, Miya Masaoka on koto, Craig Taborn on piano, Sam Pluta on electronics and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

A quintet comprising Mostly Other People Do the Killing's pianist Ron Stabinsky, Tom Blancarte on double bass, Jim Black on drums and live processing, and Sam Pluta on live processing is documented on the live Genesis (february 2016).

A Quietness Of Water (july 2013) documents a session with Agusti Fernandez on piano and Mats Gustafsson on saxes.

Evans left the MOPDTK after Hannover (february 2014) but Loafer's Hollow (Hot Cup, 2017) featured an expanded Mostly Other People Do The Killing's lineup, with Jon Irabagon on tenor & sopranino saxes, Steve Bernstein on trumpet & slide trumpet, Dave Taylor on bass trombone, Brandon Seabrook on banjo & electronics, Ron Stabinsky on piano, Moppa Elliott on bass & compositions and Kevin Shea on drums.

A Wing Dissolved In Light (november 2013), credited to Anemone, documents a live performance by Peter Evans (piccolo trumpet), John Butcher (tenor & soprano saxes), Frederic Blondy (piano), Clayton Thomas (double bass) and Paul Lovens (drums and cymbals).

Amok Amor, i.e. the quartet of Peter Evans, Christian Lillinger (drums), Petter Eldh (bass) and Wanja Slavin (saxophone), recorded We Know Not What We Do (may 2016)

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