Globe Unity Orchestra
This important European orchestra was formed in 1966 by the German free jazz pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, initially to perform his composition Globe Unity in Berlin. Until the mid-70s the orchestra worked principally in West Germany, performing at the key festivals of improvised music, such as the Total Music Meeting, the Workshop Freie Musik in Berlin and the Free Jazz Workshop in Wuppertal. Since then it has toured worldwide, playing festivals throughout Europe, the Far East and India. Alongside Schlippenbach, regulars in its distinguished line-up include Germans Peter Brötzmann, Gerd Dudek, Paul Lovens, Albert Mangelsdorff and Manfred Schoof; Britons Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Paul Rutherford; Canadian Kenny Wheeler and Luxembourgian Michel Pilz. Although the orchestra has its roots in the 60s free jazz tradition, its improvisations sometimes echo earlier styles of jazz as well as contemporary classical music.