Hedvig Mollestad Trio

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New on the roster: Hedvig Mollestad Trio from Norway.
Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen guitar, Ellen Brekken bass, Ivar Loe Bjørnstad drums.
The band’s eclectic mix of influences ranges from Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane and contemporary jazz and metal music. Whether your heart lies with the jazz stuff or you like the heavy beats of good ol’ rock’n’roll, the trio has become a live favorite.
On tour in Europe summer and early fall 2019.

 

The Thing AGAIN

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New studio album The Thing AGAIN released May 16, 2018, on The Thing Records / Trost

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THE END

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Sofia Jernberg – voice
Kjetil Møster – sax & electronics
Mats Gustafsson – sax & electronics
Anders Hana – guitar & drums

Greg Saunier – drums
THE END IS HERE?

THE END of experimental music as we know it?
THE END IS HERE!
 
A brand NEW group of experimental music will see the light in 2018!
 THE END

The members have been working with many essential groups within the contemporary creative music scene of today: Deerhoof, Møster!, The Thing, Fire! & Fire! Orchestra, Nervous Cop, Ultralyd, MoHa!, Paavo, Datarock, The Core, Noxagt, NU- ensemble, Brutal Blues and many others.
 
THE END is an attempt to use all these experiences and melt them together into something new and creative. Something of deeper poetic beauty and harsh brutality. Industrial Grindcore Free Jazz meets Sing & Noise Hardcore Esthetics!
THE END means the sensational return of Anders Hana on guitar, after years of only playing intense Grindcore drums.
THE END means the first serious meeting of the two Scandinavian innovative saxophone free blowers Møster and Gustafsson.
THE END means the presentation of the extreme voice of Sofia Jernberg in a totally new context surrounded by extreme electronics and drums! 

THE END means the first ever Scandinavian based group of legendary Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier!
THE END means THE END
THE END will create new perspectives of contemporary experimental music – where elements of noise, melodies and layers of extreme energy can interact with the different backgrounds and experiences of the musicians and their work in genres like Free Jazz, Noise, Alternative Rock, Free Improvised Music, Contemporary Music, Opera, Grindcore, Jazz and related activities!
Expect ENERGY Expect BEAUTY
THE END will play their first concerts in January 2018, followed by a studio recording in Bergen, Norway for the UK based label RareNoise Recordings. https://www.rarenoiserecords.com/
On tour December 4-9, 2018
EVERYTHING comes to an END.
THE END!
THE END IS HERE!

 

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FIRE! ORCHESTRA —– ARRIVAL!

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The new version of Fire! Orchestra is here!
After the previous experiences of “EXIT”, “ENTER” and “RITUAL” – it is all about to change now.
A new line-up – a new concept – a new sound – and a new piece: ARRIVAL!

photo by Johan Bergmark

Mariam Wallentin – voice
Sofia Jernberg – voice
Anna Lindal – violin
Leo Svensson – cello
Josefin Runsteen – violin
Katt Hernandez – viola
Per Texas Johansson – contrabass- and bass clarinets
Christer Bothén – contrabass- and bass clarinets
Isak Hedtjärn – Bb clarinet
Alexander Zethson – piano
Susana Santos Silva – trumpet
Mats Gustafsson – baritone sax
Johan Berthling – basses
Andreas Werliin  – drums
Mikael Werliin – sound

 
The new acoustic line-up features a dominant focus on strings and clarinets. This creates a whole new sound situation and puts a new twist on the way of working with the music. Rehearsals, research, compositional and structural work will take place in the fall of 2017. Touring, recording (for Rune Grammofon, of course) and festival activities for 2018 are the next phase of the plan, with a totally new way of working in a large setting with the usual hub of the Fire! trio as the force at the creative center of it all. 
This configuration will use the experience of the previous pieces, while letting the members of this new version of the ensemble be way more active and involved in creating something unique and evolving together.
The voices of Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg will continue to be the creative frontline, with the Fire! Orchestra working in an entirely new way, even using a cover version of Robbie Basho´s “Blue Crystal Fire”.
Lines and layers of violin poetry will ARRIVE with the energy and melodic frenzy of clarinet aesthetics.
Slow modules of riff fundaments will ARRIVE with the inyourface attitude of the dedicated voices of supreme beauty.
Pointilistic piano and harmonic freedom will ARRIVE with the wild trumpet lines of high energy densities and beauty. 
It is all connected. It is all about sharing. It is all part of the ARRIVAL!
The ARRIVAL of something new.
The ARRIVAL of a new sound and colour!
The ARRIVAL of the new Fire! Orchestra

Music by Fire! & Mariam Wallentin
Lyrics by Mariam Wallentin
All arranged by Fire! Orchestra
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The Thing with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer: Baby Talk

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It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. An extraordinary recording.” (Marc Corroto, AAJ)

 

CD/LP on Trost/The Thing Records, release date September 15, 2017

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