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New group The Underflow on tour January 18-25, 2020

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The Underflow is the newly minted trio of Mats Gustafsson (reeds, electronics), Rob Mazurek (trumpet, electronics), and David Grubbs (electric guitar). Their self-titled debut album was recorded live in Athens, Greece at the record store/performance venue Underflow and will be released in the fall of 2019 by Corbett vs. Dempsey.

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Although Gustafsson, Mazurek, and Grubbs have played together separately and operate within an extensive, overlapping network of collaborators, the three had not convened as a trio until John Corbett proposed the grouping for two nights of concerts in Athens in the summer of 2019. But there is a history: although originally from Sweden, Mats Gustafsson was a regular, vital presence in Chicago during the period when Mazurek and Grubbs were making their mark. It’s Rob Mazurek’s cornet that pushes Grubbs’s band Gastr del Sol (with Jim O’Rourke) to new highs on the track “The Seasons Reverse,” and Grubbs and Gustafsson released two duo albums in 1999 and 2003 (Apertura and Off-Road), and have been primed for years to take it to the stage again. 

The Underflow shows the trio hitting their stride instantly, ranging widely and weirdly with utter self-possession as they veer between a dense frontline of electronics; Gustafsson’s lapidary fluteophone and explosive baritone sax; Grubbs’s crystalline, athematic voice on the guitar; and Mazurek’s all-bets-off improvisatory wildness on trumpet, sampler, and hollerin’ vocal. Satisfying as it is, this recording is only a hint of what lies ahead for the trio as they plot their first tour January 18-25, 2020

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New album Angles 9

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The End

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The End finished their first European tour last week, playing Roadburn fest Tilburg, ao.Back for more February 26-March 8, September 9-13 and November 11-15 2020!

Sofia Jernberg
 – voice, Kjetil Møster – tenor saxophone, Mats Gustafsson – baritone saxophone & electronics, Anders Hana – baritone guitar, Børge Fjordheim – drums

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The Thing on a break

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The Thing has announced: 

photo by Rune Mortensen

“Dear friends. 
After some considerations The Thing wants to announce to take a break. Change is in the air and change is the only certain thing in life. 
Right now we don’t know what the future of the band will bring but let us celebrate the past 20 years of joy and holy madness together. 
Life and music will go on!”


Mats, Paal and Ingebrigt stay active as ever – feel free to contact me about the following projects:Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love on tour with David Murray, Mats Gustafsson with Fire!, Fire! Orchestra, THE END and Anguish – to name a few, Paal Nilssen-Love with Large Unit and New Brazilian Funk, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with Atomic.

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Anguish

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Mats Gustafsson is involved in yet another new project: Anguish. This powerhouse, inter-generational group brings together an unlikely gathering of members of the New Jersey-based experimental hip-hop group Dälek (electronic musician and vocalist Will Brooks, guitarist-keyboardist Mike Mare), the Swedish free jazz group Fire! (tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, drummer Andreas Werliin) and the classic ‘70s German krautrock band Faust (keyboardist and 68-year-old founding member Hans Joachim Irmler).
Debut album on RareNoiseRecords. From the press release: “Anguish stands as a hard-hitting manifesto for the next evolution in the hip-hop legacy. The dark, impossibly intense dirges, industrial noise onslaughts and banshee-like free jazz wailing heard throughout Anguish could be an imposing soundtrack for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future.”
Some availability June/July/August, 2019 – or one-offs.
(Booking in collaboration with Etienne Tippex)
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