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Frode Gjerstad Trio
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a double-bill featuring ensembles led by prominent Norwegian voices: Frode Gjerstad's all-Norwegian trio and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten's The Young Mothers.
“Gjerstad is a choice elicitor of out-of-the-ordinary elocutions, refusing gadgetry and reed-fueled bric-a-brac in favour of a strong sense of asymmetrical melody, trawling the improbable waters of curvilinear liberty in search of the most disparate notes, looking for composure while surrounded by havoc,” writes Paris Transatlantic Magazine about the Norwegian trumpeter and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad.
A powerful force on the Norwegian free-jazz scene, Gjerstad has worked with Evan Parker, Borah Bergman, Peter Brötzmann, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink. In 1984, Gjerstad founded the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, a large ensemble with a rotating personnel that has included leading experimental musicians such as Louis Moholo-Moholo and Lasse Marhaug.
Throughout his career, Gjerstad has led many trios that have recorded and toured internationally, but this new one with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Jon Rune Strøm is his first featuring all Norwegian musicians. Nilssen-Love, who has collaborated with Gjerstad since he was 15-years-old, has worked with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson; Jon Rune Strøm has worked with Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra on numerous occasions. This new trio has thus far released three live recordings – MIR, East Of West and HideOut.
The Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, who has has worked with Ken Vandermark, Peter Kowald and Evan Parker, has built a strong reputation in his native country and on the Chicago scene. He has also been a member of numerous powerhouse ensembles, including Atomic, Scorch Trio, The Thing and Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet. Upon relocating to Austin, Texas in 2009, Håker Flaten soon after formed the Young Mothers, an ensemble featuring four young musicians from Austin and the Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. “The Young Mothers are a brilliant band that merges modern jazz, free improvisation, indie rock, hip hop and a caterwauling Afro-groove reminiscent of the Brotherhood of Breath,” writes music journalist Clifford Allen.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.