Purveyors of: The sound of jazz falling down a very long flight of stairs, and sticking the landing perfectly. File next to: The little-known history of Swedish jazz Playing: Wavelength 670, Tuesday June 23 @ Hard Luck Bar, opening for The Ex
Maybe Sweden isn’t the first place that pops into your mind when you hear the word “jazz” - but without Sweden’s rich jazz history, perhaps Mats Gustafsson and Per-Åke Holmlander, who anchor Swedish Azz, might have had to find another establishment to simultaneously pay homage to and disassemble. Mats and his music are a study in contrasts — his discography spans decades and his collaborators have ranged from jazz legends such as Hamid Drake, to purveyors of frantic noise such as Merzbow, and beyond – Sonic Youth, Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), Jim O’Rourke, even our own Colin Stetson. The music of Swedish Azz is deliberate, passionate, and at times, violent and transcendental. It is music that scratches at something basic and primal – something not easily expressed in words. We asked him to give it a shot, however.
Purveyors of: Free-form jazz paired with seasonal electronic weirdnesss File Next To: Getatchew Mekuria, Sun Ra, Joe McPhee Playing: WL670 Tuesday, June 23rd at Hard Luck Bar (opening for The Ex)
Toronto improv mainstays Brodie West and Fleshtone Aura (né: Andrew Zukerman) hop on stages across our city periodically, excising ideas and illusions through their shared spirit of collaborations. Brodie brings the sax and Fleshtone Aura, the synth and variations therein. Together, their creations are predictable only in so far as they’re unpredictable. The duo will be sharing a stage with Dutch legends The Ex at WL670 and given their track record (Brodie has collaborated with the band in past, in addition to helming local outfit Eucalyptus), their appearance will be far more than a fluffer for the main course.