Music Program

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 members/students/seniors

Resurrection Music presents

The Thing

Mats Gustafsson (tenor & baritone sax)
Ingebrigt Hâker Flaten (contrabass)
Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)

"Absurdly cool" (DJ MAGAZINE)

The Thing was established in the spring of February 2000 when these three musicians met to play several concerts and to record what became their first CD (on Crazy Wisdom, a sub label of Swedish Universal). In 2001, they also recorded another CD on the same label as a quartet with Joe McPhee. Both CDs are now out of print. The trio was a long-wanted constellation where several musical styles meet in a very high energetic outlet. All three members are influenced by different traditions of free music derived from Germany, England and America, and these influences are to be felt and not necessary heard.

When the trio started out, the book contained mainly tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group's name. Since Joe McPhee's participation, the group's repertoire has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe and Norman Howard. Also, the group's enthusiasm towards rock music is heard when they play "To Bring You My Love" by PJ Harvey or tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This is just an example that explains how close musical styles are today, how similar the energy is and can be, and how much todays audience is melted together and devoted to creative music. The Thing is now signed on the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.

Mats Gustafsson is today Sweden's and one of Europe's biggest names on the free music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio 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.

Ingebrigt Hâker 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 in several groups, among them are School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.

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April, 2009 - 2009