Graewe is an eclectic, form-shifting musician, with roots in both modern classical and rock music, who performs in a bewildering range of combinations, from solo to large orchestral contexts. He has led very different groups, some dedicated to interpreting his compositions, others exploring total improvisation, including a quintet that includes Delius. One of his finest long-lasting trios includes percussionist Gerry Hemingway and cellist Ernst Reijseger, who is Delius's colleague in the ICP. Their splendid 1999 CD Counterfactuals was recorded during a concert in Kerrytown. Graewe is a technically accomplished pianist who can be strict, precise, and steely in his expression, but also shares with Delius a quirky sense of humor that can enliven his playing when least expected.
Delius and Graewe share a love of exploration that seeks to find new means of expression in ways that reformulate the past without crass homage. They have played Ann Arbor in various groupings but never in the challenging duo setting.
[Originally published in November, 2009.]