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"Tapping into rock's most primal forces with the fire and fury that's something to behold" -Mojo
The Thing was established in the spring of February 2000 when the three musicians met to play several concerts and to record their first CD on Crazy Wisdom, a sub label of Swedish Universal. In 2001, they also recorded a CD on the same label as a quartet with Joe McPhee. Both CDs are out of print. The trio was a long wanted constellation where several musical styles meet in a very high energetic outlet. All members are influenced by different traditions of free music derived from Germany, England and America, and these influences are to be felt and not necessary heard.
When the trio started out, the book contained mainly of tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group's name. Since Joe McPhee's participation, the group's reportoire has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe and Norman Howard. Also, the group's enthusiasm towards rock music is heard when they play "To Bring You My Love" by PJ Harvey on the second CD. Today the book has expanded to include tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This is just an example that explains how close musical styles are today, how similar the energy is and can be, and how much today's audience is melted together, devoted to creative music. The Thing is now signed on the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.
Mats Gustafsson is today Sweden's and one of Europe's biggest names on the free music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as a very powerful saxophonist, and has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the saxophone. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love has become known as Norway's heaviest rhythm-section. Since they're long time collaboration started in 1992, they have been working in several groups, amongst them are School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch Trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.
Founded by Philadelphia-based French musician Alban Bailly (guitar), its members are Jon Barrios (double-bass), Dan Scofield (soprano & tenor sax) and Eli Litwin (drums). Inzinzac is influenced by Rock and the rhythms and energy of Eastern European music and combines strong improvisations with densely composed music.
Bass clarinetist Jason Stein studied first at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and later at the University of Michigan with Donald Waldon and Ed Sarath. Stein is now located in Chicago and is involved in a number of bands and projects. He can be heard on the Bridge 61 album, Journal (Atavistic 2006) with Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride and Tim Daisy, as well as on the second release of Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack (Intents and Purposes, 482music). Stein has had the opportunity to perform with many amazing local and international musicians including Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Gratkowski, Peter Brotzmann, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Håvard Wiik
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.