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FIRE! ORCHESTRA —– ARRIVAL!

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

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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Category: new recordings

New album Atomic – Six Easy Pieces

Atomic remains radioactively brilliant. And just as recognisable as before. (Salt Peanuts)

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New recording Angles 9

In January 2017 Angles 9 will release their new album “Disappeared behind the sun” on CD. In March 2017 it will be out on  LP. Both releases will be on Clean Feed records. But Omlott records in Gothenburg has already released Angles 9’ debut 7 inch.

From the press release:

Angles 9′ 7” single has been launched by fabulous Omlott records in December 2016.The two songs on the single are raw extracts from a much larger recording session (with a later release date) made in May 2016 in Sickla, Stockholm by Anton Sundell. He is responsible for the very literal cassette approach we can hear: very sharp, loud and punchy and with a lot of wit thrown into the vortex of this mad mix.With members from all over the place: from Fire!, Atomic, Subtropic Arkestra, Je Suis, Team Hegdal, Oddjobb, Per Texas Johansson 4tett, All Included…. Angles 9 makes music that really stands out. For what it is worth.”Equality & Death (mothers, fathers where are ye?)” is a desperate kick in the global totalitarian face.”Pacemaker” is about young and old – to keep the pace, ad infinitum….
Andreas Werliin, Johan Berthling, Goran Kajfes, Alexander Zethson, Magnus Broo, Mats Äleklint, Eirik Hegdal, Mattias Ståhl and Martin Küchen invite you to the musical putsch of the year!

WELCOME!
Martin Kuchen 2016

Mats Gustafsson’s NU Ensemble

hidros 6 - 1Mats Gustafsson’s NU ensemble performed ‘Hidros 6’ at Mulhouse Music Festival on August 25. They will tour Europe in November, see under upcoming events.

Line-up: Mariam Wallentin vocals; Anders Nyqvist trumpet; Mats Gustafsson saxophones, conduction; Joe McPhee pocket trumpet, tenor sax, space organ; Christer Bothén bass clarinet, guimbri; Agustí Fernández piano, organ; Kjell Nordeson drums, vibes; dieb13 turntables; Per Åke Holmlander tuba; Jon Rune Strom and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bass; Paal Nilssen-Love drums; Mikael Werliin sound

A different version of NU ensemble will perform ‘Hidros 7’, based on the music of Frank Zappa, at the festival in Sant’Anna Arresi, Sardinia.
Line-up: Bas Wiegers conduction; Jaap Blonk vocals; Anders Nyqvist and Nate Wooley trumpet; Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Mette Rasmussen saxophones; Sten Sandell piano; Jamie Saft organ; Hedvig Mollestad and Julien Desprez guitar; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bass; Morgan Ågren and Raymond Strid drums; Mikael Werliin sound