Music Program

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

FREE admission ($10-20 suggested donation)


Fredrik Ljungkvist (reeds)
Magnus Broo (trumpet)
Håvard Wiik (piano)
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass)
Hans Hulbækmo (drums)

Atomic was established in 2000 and already after their first two studio albums Feet Music (2002) and Boom Boom (2003), both their growing audience and music reviewers alike began to perceive them as an original flavor with an entirely individual energy that few Scandinavian jazz groups could match. Even though initially thought of as a sort of rebellion to the quaintness of the "Scandinavian Sound" which had become exemplified by Norwegian artists on labels such as ECM, Atomic found themselves becoming a new sort of unique sound on their own. An explosive blend of American free-jazz with European characteristics is how some reviewers have described them. Or better yet, "part academic lecture, part a fun night out on the town" is how the band describes themselves and is what makes their sound truly Atomic.

While they make no secret of their admiration for leading American jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington, Archie Shepp, Charles Mingus and George Russell just to mention a few, the music of Atomic is also mixed with an equal love of European free jazz and improvised music. They regard the American and European jazz traditions as an inspiration rather than a restriction, as a springboard to set their own direction and position within jazz music.

No strangers to the touring circuit, Atomic were on the road almost as soon as they were formed, shaping and refining their sound, and they have toured in Europe, Scandinavia, US and Japan a several times.


"... if the Miles Davis Quintet with Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter And Herbie Hancock could have rocked, they would have been the brilliant and ass kicking Atomic." — Lloyd Peterson/All About Jazz

"Despite the fact that they remain largely unknown on this side of the Atlantic, with every new album the Swedish-Norwegian quintet Atomic further strengthens its claim to be one of the worlds greatest jazz outfits" — Downbeat - January 2009