Sunday 21st October 2018
£12.50 - £27.50
MATS GUSTAFSSON tenor, soprano saxophone
INGEBRIGT HÅKER FLATEN double and el. bass
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE drums
Mixing jazz with noise, avant-rock and punk, the music of The Thing has been described as ‘garage-jazz’ and ‘impro-punk’. The band, from Norway and Sweden, was established early 2000 and has grown into one of the most successful and hardest working free jazz trio’s around, traveling all over the world. They have performed with guests such as Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Terrie Ex, Peter Evans, Neneh Cherry and James ‘Blood’ Ulmer.
Mats Gustafsson is one of Europe’s biggest names on the music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio, Fire! and Peter Brötzmann`s Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as a very powerful saxophonist, and has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the saxophone. In 2011 he received the Nordic Council Music Price: the largest price for a musician in the Nordic countries.
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Since their long-time collaboration started in 1992, they have been working together in several groups like School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.
With dedicated fans in the rock, noise and jazz communities, The Thing keeps taking the music to new, uncompromising levels and continues to solidify their important position in the contemporary independent music world.
In May 2018 they released a new studio album: AGAIN.
"(…) The Thing’s unmistakable, ecstatic rhythmic grind, leaving you breathless, but crying for more, much more from this right stuff.” (Free Jazz Collective)
"The Thing is still archetypal free jazz/rock of the 21st century - it’s a group you might recommend to someone who wants to explore a more adventurous genre, although they work for experienced listeners as well. I’m surprised how this band wins me over again …. and again.” (Free Jazz Collective)
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