Follow us on:

august, 2023

25augfriJoe McPhee + Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten + Stefan Gonzalez7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

Event Details

TICKETS:  Presale: $15  /  Door: $22

Joe McPhee, the legendary saxophonist-cornetist, is playing Dallas for the first time and we are extremely honored to host him in our backyard!

Joe will play in a trio with supreme Norwegian double-bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, and with Dallas’ own free jazz drummer master, Stefan Gonzalez. Opening the night, a first-time trio of Fort Worth’s rising multi-instrumentalist Joshua Miller on saxophone, Matthew Frerck on double-bass, and perhaps the longest-running jazz and creative music drummer in town, Gerard Bendiks.

McPhee and Flaten have collaborated and toured together many times over the last few decades with the Scandinavian powerhouse The Thing.  Additionally, they have recorded and performed many times together as a duo, and in various one-off collaborations with many other well-respected, hard-hitting, creative musicians in the realm of improvised music and free jazz. The same can be said for the musical bond that both Flaten and Gonzalez share. The two met back in 2010 when Flaten first moved to Austin from Norway, and very quickly started working together.  Most notably, Flaten and Gonzalez have played and toured all over the world together with the supergroup The Young Mothers. They have also recorded and performed with the Hymn Project, which was co-led by both Flaten and the late Dennis Gonzalez.

Separately, all three musicians have carved out their own paths in this music, each one of them adding a new layer of wonders to the ever-evolving forms of what could be called Jazz. Expect to hear exhilarating and spirited music that takes three humans of vastly different backgrounds and cultures, and brings them together to tell their stories in improvised harmony and tension, threading a story that spans more than five decades.

This concert is made in conjunction with our good friends from Austin, Epistrophy Arts.


***DISCLAIMER: In case of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors.***




Joe McPhee, born November 3, 1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. His career spans nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally and forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. Clifford Thornton’s Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music. His first recordings as leader appeared in 1969: Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man on what was to become Hat Hut Records.

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interest in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.”

Ingebrigt studied Jazz at the Music Consevatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995). A muscular player whose tone and attack run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall, his sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The ThingFree FallAtomicScorch Trio and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. In addition to his own Chicago Sextet and Austin-centric Young Mothers, Flaten has also recorded and performed with Frode Gjerstad, Dave Rempis, Bobby Bradford, the AALY Trio, Ken Vandermark, Stephen Gauci, Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin, Dennis Gonzalez and numerous others.

Stefan is a drummer, percussionist, and vocalist from Dallas, TX. They are most known for his work with his family bands Yells at Eels (with brother Aaron Gonzalez and father Dennis Gonzalez) and Akkolyte (with brother Aaron). Stefan also performs regularly with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten’s super group The Young Mothers featuring Texas-based musicians Jonathan Horne, Jawwaad Taylor, Jason Jackson, and Amsterdam-based drummer Frank Rosaly. They perform solo under the moniker Orgullo Primitivo.



Miller is a free improvisational saxophonist/drummer with deep Ft Worth Texas roots. His delivery is unexplainable and completely open to the interpretation of the listener.

Bassist, improviser, and composer. A native of Richardson, Texas, Matthew is a performer actively finding a voice through the creative practices of jazz, free-improvisation, and contemporary classical performance. His energetic approach has led him to collaborate and share the stage with luminaries including Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill, Aaron Dilloway (Wolf Eyes), and Ursula Oppens among others.

Gerard has lived and performed music in DFW for decades. He is also a drumset teacher, art photographer, composer, and band leader. Before arriving in Dallas he studied music at the Institute of Artistic Perceptions with Alan Silva’s Celestrial Communications  Youth Orchestra in Paris, France. He continued his music education at TCU and UNT. He’s performed/performs etc with Swirve, the Magga Orchestra (and 4tet), Isopod, Dennis Gonzalez, Linny Nance, John Lewis, Jimi Towry, Prince Lasha, John Purcell, the Hazy Days DJ crew, and a long list of others.


TICKETS:  Presale: $15  /  Door: $22

Don’t miss out and sign up to our newsletter arrow


(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas