NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
SATURDAY MAY 19
8 PM - $34
Mats Gustafsson : saxophones baryton et ténor, électroniques
Johan Berthling : basse électrique
Andreas Werliin : batterie, électroniques
MATS GUSTAFSSON, the Scandinavian monster of the saxophone, is back in Victoriaville, and he is on fire! Since 2009, the trio FIRE! has been crossing the extremes of improvised music, moving from metronomical rock to dazzling free jazz. Well known to our audience, GUSTAFSSON is active on the creative scene since the 1980s. On the world stage, his career skyrocketed in the mid-1990s when he was regularly playing within Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet.
FIRE! is more than an alternative to The Thing, a better-known trio. FIRE! has its own identity, mostly due to the liberties its members take with instrumentation – the sax player is often heard also playing organ or electric piano, and bassist JOHAN BERTHLING is prone to using electronics. Also, the rhythm section formed by BERTHLING (Tape, Angles 9, the Häpna label) and drummer ANDREAS WERLIIN (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) is firmly rooted in a rock’n’roll approach. Energy abounds, the volume is turned full force, the needles are dancing in the red. Flame red.