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Atomic Oct 2014

Fredrik Ljungkvist – reeds
Magnus Broo – trumpet
Håvard Wiik – piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Hans Hulbaekmo – drums
Atomic has held a position at the forefront of the Scandinavian and European contemporary jazz scene for nearly 20 years, earning widespread acclaim for creating a completely unique and identifiable sound that seamlessly merges the American and European free jazz traditions. Nobody can combine jazz, improvisation and ideas from classical contemporary music in as spontaneous and memorable a way as this band. The compositions, by Håvard Wiik and Fredrik Ljungkvist, are typical Atomic: thoughtfully constructed melodies alternate with explosive passages by way of fast, unexpected changes.

Late 2018 they released “Pet Variations” with compositions by Edgar Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Lacy, Jimmy Giuffre, Jan Garbarek and Brian Wilson – to name a few.

“Pet Variations is, no doubt, the most ambitious and adventurous album from Atomic. A true masterpiece.” (Eyal Hareuveni) 
“Accomplished, inventive, superb in live performance. No praise too high for the band. Pet Variations has in abundance what so much contemporary jazz lacks – power, passion, originality and genuine musical excitement (Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise)

Atomic on Bandcamp – listen to a complete track of each album.

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