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Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are celebrating the release of their second duo
recording ‘Buoyancy’ (Relative Pitch Records) by touring the West Coast. The duo’s music draws on
the several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together. Their
experiences of playing original compositions, free improvisations and even standard songs inform this
intimate setting of improvised duets.
Laubrock is a dauntless player and a sharp conceptualist. The veteran Rainey again proved that he is
one of the world’s master drummers in this idiom […] One dramatic duo composition came to life after
the other, the performance audibly impressing a crowd filled with aficionados. With loose-limbed
virtuosity, Rainey drew music from all parts of his kit—rubbing the drumheads, rustling his sticks and
mallets together, even drawing tones from the drum stool; meanwhile, Laubrock summoned an almost
theatrical sound, crying, sighing and moaning through her instrument.
Ingrid Laubrock soprano & tenor saxophone:
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock lived in London/UK from 1989 till 2008 and is now
residing in Brooklyn. She leads a host of her own projects including Anti-House, Ubatuba and Ingrid
She performed and recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran,
Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Hamid Drake, Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey,
Evan Parker, Luc Ex, Django Bates, The Continuum Ensemble and others.
As part of the F-ire Collective, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and she was the recipient
of the ‘Fellowship in Jazz Composition’ by the Arts Foundation in 2006. Ingrid won the 2009 SWR
German Radio Jazz Prize and was one of the fink nominees for the Doris Duke Impact Award 2015.
She is also a prolific composer who has written for her own groups as well as for classical orchestra.
Her orchestral piece ‘Vogelfrei’ has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the
Tricentric Orchestra in 2012.
Tom Rainey drums:
Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has
performed and or recorded with the following artists amongst others: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison,
Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis,
Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, David
Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon
Nabatov, Anita O’Day, Andrea Parkins, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, and Kenny Werner.
Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his