Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Lunar Miasma – Blackest Haze
Lunar Miasma is the spacey analog synthesisers project of Panos Alexiadis, who the owns Greek label insult records & is one of the members the doomed/punked discharger project Heavenshore -who put out a rather rewarding full length in the form of Asmodai on Utech Records last year.

The Thing – Bag It!
Bag It! is the new ball-busting double album from The Thing and their brand of noisy, punked & energetic jazz sound. The project features well respected & prolific Norwegian sax player Mats Gustafsson; along with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double Bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion.

Brian Lavelle – Ustrina
Brian Lavelle is a Scottish born sound artists & rich drone maker, he’s been creating music for the last 15 years or so- with his most know series of pieces being the “Radios” series of ten albums he composed with Richard Youngs. Ustrina is Lavelle first full length album on the always rewarding Italian based Afe label.

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jon Mueller – Physical Changes

Percussionist and composer Jon Mueller’s discerning creativity does not rule out a willingness to put the listener’s ears through the ordeals. His music is often bewilderingly violent, yet retains a pumping nucleus connecting it with all that matters in life, good or bad: bodily functions, natural phenomena, ecologic disasters, contagious enthusiasm. The […]

Barry Guy & Mats Gustafsson – Sinners, Rather than Saints

Sinners, rather than Saints is only the fourth meeting on record of English bassist-composer Barry Guy and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson over almost two decades, and for that alone this vinyl-only release on Lithuanian imprint No Business should be more than a curio. The duo format is an interesting one, which […]

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Mats Gustafsson Of The Thing Interviewed

From The Quietus:

His most stable project has been his long-standing trio The Thing, with bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love — a swinging harsh-jazz ensemble renowned for meaty deconstructions of Bowie, the White Stripes, Peter Brötzmann, Lightning Bolt and countless other unlikely targets. This weekend, The Thing will perform at both Field Day in London and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, in support of their latest collection of free-range visceral joy, Bag It! (Smalltown Superjazz).

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Vancouver Jazz Fest Shows

The Vancouver Jazz Fest happens this week and appear to be putting all of their outside shows in the same place:

Motif and Håvard Wiik Trio
Jun 27

Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden featuring François Houle and Mats Gustafsson 12
Jun 28

Alexander von Schlippenbach “Monk’s Casino”
Jun 29

Trio Braam De Joode Vatcher with Gustafsson / F. Houle and Alexander von Schlippenbach
Jun 30

Taylor Ho Bynum Trio and Fisk / Gestrin / Granelli
Jul 1

N. Mitchell / Plimley / Léandre / Ho Bynum and Horvitz / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Jul 2

Sylvain Kassap Quartet and Léandre / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Jul 3

Félix Stussi 5 & Ray Anderson and ESQ
Jul 4

Trio M (Myra Melford / Mark Dresser / Matt Wilson) and Ilmiliekki Quartet
Jul 5

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The Thing & The Naked Future in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

The Creative Music Guild Presents
The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten)
The Naked Future (Arrington de Dionyso, John Niekrasz, Gregg Skloff, Ben Kates)

$9 general admin, $7 students and FREE to CMG members
Backspace 115 NW 5th

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The Thing aims to give audiences a musical punch in the face

The Thing is profiled:

Thanks to blazing covers of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Art Star”, PJ Harvey’s “To Bring You My Love”, and the White Stripes’ “Aluminum”, the Thing has won an international reputation as that crazy Scandinavian free-jazz trio that covers rough-edged rock songs—kind of like a more out-there Bad Plus. As drummer Paal Nilssen-Love points out, however, that’s not all that he, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson can do.

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Earshot Jazz Preview

From the Seattle Times:

Its Spring Series 2009, which puts together prominent, avant-garde, European and American musicians, begins tonight with a performance at the Seattle Asian Art Museum by the Dutch saxophonist Ab Baars and his trio. Joining him will be Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, known for his intricate compositions and multilayered improvisation.

The saxophone-dominated series continues Sunday night with a performance at the Triple Door by American alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and his group Five Elements (see accompanying story).

The final two concerts come at the end of the month: German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and his trio will play April 28 with Americans Eric Revis (Branford Marsalis’ longtime bass player) and drummer Nasheet Waits. Then Norwegian saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and his trio The Thing will perform at Cornish College of the Arts on April 30.

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DMG Newsletter January 30th, 2009

Mats Gustafsson during a concert in Kongsberg,...
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From DMG:

Full Blast: Brotzmann/Pliakas/Wertmuller Ltd 2CD Ed! Mats Gustafsson solo LP and Quintet CD! Gerald Cleaver/Willam Parker/Craig Taborn! Mcphee’s ‘Trio X’ 2 LP set!

Luc Ferrari/Otomo Yoshihide! Roger Kleier! Bernstein/Rojas/Osgood! Ran Blake! Christy Doran‘s New Bag! Brad Shepik! Charles Evans! Loren Connors! Norman Savitt!

Thomas Lehn/Markus Schmickler! Cornelius Cardew! ..and 12 new releases on Konnex!

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Squid’s Ear Reviews

Mats Gustafsson during a concert in Kongsberg,...
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New reviews from the Squid’s Ear:

Fennesz – Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56′ 37
– Max Schaefer

Paola Prestini Paola Prestini – Body Maps
– Max Schaefer

Pauline Oliveros Pauline Oliveros – Electronic Works 1965-66
– Darren Bergstein

Toot (Axel Dorner / Thomas Lehn / Phil Minton) Toot (Axel Dorner / Thomas Lehn / Phil Minton) – Two
(Another Timbre)
– Wyman Brantley

Anthony Pateras Anthony Pateras – Chromatophore
– Kurt Gottschalk

MIJ MIJ – Yodeling Astrologer
– Kurt Gottschalk

Alexander von Schlippenbach Alexander von Schlippenbach – Piano Solo ’77
– Kurt Gottschalk

Tom Carter Tom Carter – Shots at Infinity 1
– Kurt Gottschalk

Yoshi Fruchter Yoshi Fruchter – Pitom
– Kurt Gottschalk

Gustafsson, Mats Gustafsson, Mats – The Vilnius Explosion
– Wyman Brantley

Tony Malaby Cello Trio Tony Malaby Cello Trio – Warblepeck
– Wyman Brantley

Ryoji Ikeda Ryoji Ikeda – See You At Regis Debray
– Darren Bergstein

Yoshi Wada Yoshi Wada – Off the Wall
– Darren Bergstein

Aidan Baker / Tim Hecker Aidan Baker / Tim Hecker – Fantasma Parastasie
(Alien 8)
– Darren Bergstein

Astro/Hiroshi Hasegawa Astro/Hiroshi Hasegawa – The Echo from the Purple Dawn
– Darren Bergstein

Richard Pinhas & Merzbow Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Keio Line
– Darren Bergstein

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