At the Monheim Triennale 2022, Greg Fox transfers his solo work to a quintet with typical jazz instrumentation. He will be joined by the highly acclaimed saxophonist Maria Kim Grand.
His "signature" project "Quadrinity+" puts his captivating skills to work as he combines the speed, power, and double-kick-pedal command with a startling fluidity derived from his in-depth study of advanced hand technique. But in Fox’s musical world, virtuosity is never an end in and of itself.
In his conversation with writer Hank Shteamer, Fox carries out the high importance of the master-musician Milford Graves on him while searching for his own particular music journey. ‘I was meeting Milford, and we were talking about slowing down, giving space to the playing, thinking about communication. It's not like I didn't have any experience improvising; I did. But it changed all of it completely for me. It began to take me out of an idea of constantly determining whether every note that I play is cool or not. Being with what's happening in the moment and trusting it. Just trying to focus on being honest and not really trying to be — to some degree, maybe it's impossible to escape fully — but trying not to be impressive. Or trying not to worry about being impressive.’
As a result this period represented a major junction in Fox's creative life, the moment when he left behind not just what he knew, but the musical context that others knew him for. ‘I took the risk, and jumped off the cliff, and found out that there was something on the other side of that,’ Fox says. ‘I just was trying to find myself, trying to find my real voice, trying to find situations that felt good.’ The truth is that Greg Fox was probably never destined to be a one-band or one-genre drummer.