Oct. 3: The Thing, Soar Trio
Mats Gustafsson – alto, tenor, baritone and slide saxophone, live electronics
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass and bass guitar
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
After forming in 1999 as a Don Cherry recording project, Scandinavian garage jazz trio The Thing soon established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, including material by PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, Steve Lacy, The Stooges, The Sonics, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and The Ex. They transformed the music of these artists into a contemporary context, making it their own. As individuals or as a group, they have collaborated with those including, Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, David Grubbs, Eye, The Ex, Pat Metheny, Arto Lindsay, Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden, Merzbow, Christian Marclay, The Nomads, Guy Picciotto, Neneh Cherry and more, all activities fueling the music of The Thing to become what the group is all about.
Soar Trio is the Detroit-based project of endlessly globe-trotting pianist Thollem McDonas and Detroit musicians Skeeter C.R. Shelton on winds and Joel Peterson double-bass. It’s a collaboration of musicians with a history of making innovative music that reaches beyond just seasoned New Music listeners. The Buffalo News has called Soar Trio “the perfect gateway band for free jazz”- which does not exactly describe the music (although the “cry” of jazz is throughly present in the classic tone and articulation of Shelton’s saxophone playing)- but it does describe the kind of impact and excitement the trio has even on general audiences.
Oct. 7: Ballrogg
Oct. 9 & 10: Sonic Lullaby Fest
Oct. 13 Jon Mueller, Ken Aldcroft, Tiger Hatchery
Oct 14: Ben Miller, Vikki Viktoria