Monthly archives: October, 2015

Tampere Jazz Happening 2015 – Saturday 31st October in the Telakka

Okay, first, the apologies… I apologise to the Saturday evening concerts in the Pakkahuone and Klubi: Papanosh & Roy Nathanson & Fidel Fourneyron; Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld; Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion; and Magnetic Ensemble. All great musicians but after a ‘Thinging’ afternoon, I found myself drawn to the Telakka bar and the Finnish musicians…




Tampere Jazz Happening 2015 – Saturday 31st October – The Thing Disassembled

Three concerts, all featuring a member of Viking power jazz trio, The Thing. Each one doing their own… well, thing. Mats Gustafsson – saxophones Mats Gustafsson. Standing alone on a big stage. Facing a big audience. Tarnished weapon of choice hanging around his neck. We should probably feel fear, or at least trepidation; instead, it’s…




Tampere Jazz Happening 2015 – Friday 30th October

The Tampere Jazz Happening – after six years away, it’s good to be back. This 34th edition (I remember the 23rd, does that make me old? – don’t answer that!) is yet another wild and varied mix of international ‘names’ and some of the best of Finnish music-making. Thursday night’s Young Nordic Jazz Comets was…




7 Questions for… Giulia Valle

I first saw Giulia Valle with her quintet in Cafè Mandacarú, a tiny venue in Barcelona’s not-so-dry Poble Sec neighbourhood, just a couple of days before they flew to NYC to play the Blue Note. After that blistering set, I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that Giulia has won various composer and band of…




Memoria Uno at Sala Fènix – 27th October ’15

Ivo Sans (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Diego Caicedo (guitar) Marcel Bagés (guitar) Ferran Besalduch (bass & sopranino saxophones) Marcel·li Bayer (bass clarinet, clarinet, flute) Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxophones) El Pricto (alto saxophone, clarinet) Fernando Brox (flute) Ilona Schneider (voice) Dario Fariello (alto saxophone) Oriol Fontclara (baritone saxophone) Frédéric Filiatrae (trombone) Amaiur González (tuba)…




7 Questions for… Lotte Anker

Saxophonist, composer, improviser, and a seemingly tireless collaborator, Lotte Anker is co-leader of the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, has a longstanding trio with Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn, and has played with the likes of Marilyn Mazur, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori and Fred Frith (and many others) in various formats. Last year, Danish label ILK Music…




Møster! – When You Cut Into The Present

Kjetil Møster (saxophones, percussion) Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, percussion) Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen (bass, percussion) Kenneth Kapstad (drums, percussion) Nebula and Red Giant Bandha The Future Leaks Out Journey Soundhouse Rumble Øra Studio, Trondheim March 20-23 2015 Hubro HUBROCD2565 On 2014’s “Inner Earth” (also on Hubro), Møster! descended into the volcano – this might well be…




Nocturna Discordia #42 at Soda – 7th Oct ’15

Albert Cirera (tenor & soprano saxophones) Olivier Jambois (guitar) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Vasco Trilla (drums) As Deep Thought pointed out, 42 is the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything – what ritual incantations and great truths might we expect from the 42nd Nocturna Discordia…? We begin with harsh scrapes, squalls…