Thursday, Jan. 17: Atomic (Norway/Sweden)
Fredrik Ljungkvist (reeds), Magnus Broo (trumpet), Håvard Wiik (piano), Hans Hulbækmo (drums) Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass)
The Swedish-Norwegian quintet Atomic has held a position at the forefront of the Scandinavian and European contemporary jazz scene for nearly 17 years. Over this time the band has consistently delved ever-more deeply into its own expressive idiom, while remaining inquisitive, vital and full of energy.
Few can combine jazz, improvisation and ideas from classical contemporary music in as spontaneous and memorable a way as Atomic. Naturally their musical interplay is perfectly integrated after 17 years, but the fact that they have also managed to keep their joy of playing together intact is is very rare.
All this time Håvard Wiik and Fredrik Ljungkvist have been responsible for all the compositions, but on the upcoming album Pet Variations (release date November 2, 2019) Atomic will play compositions by by Edgar Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Lacy, Jimmy Giuffre, Jan Garbarek and Brian Wilson – to mention a few.
Postponed! Friday, Jan. 18: Sarah Davachi
1/26: Joel Peterson Wrong Blank Canvas, Eclipse Quartet with James Greer, Abby Alwin and Lisa Raschiatore
2/5: Lucrecia Dalt (Bogota / Berlin)
2/11: Party Knüllers (Fred Lonberg-Holm & Jaimie Branch)
2/15: Land & Buildings (NYC/Ann Arbor duo with new tape on Life Like)
3/4: Jobs (Jessica Pavone)