April 2007

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $8 General Admission
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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 8:00pm


Frederik Ljungkvist, saxophones
Magnus Broo, trumpet
Håvard Wiik , piano
Ingebrigt H. Flaten, bass
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for the Philadelphia premeire of "one of the most exhilarating new groups on the European circuit!" (The Guardian).  Atomic is a Scandinavian free jazz supergroup, formed in response to the ECM-style of modern jazz that came to be understood exclusively as "Scandinavian jazz." Instead, the group proposes a modernized take on power jazz, drawing from American Fire Music such as Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman as well as the 1960s European improvised music movements.

Their performances showcase their intense playing, challenging compositions and their abundance of raw energy. Live sets often feature their adventurous original works as well as Hindemith's 'Praeludium' and Radiohead's 'Pyramid Song'. The group's explosive rhythmic energy, blending deftly written ensemble passages with sizzling group interplay, resulting in some of the most engaging acoustic jazz on the scene today. Their latest release, Boom, Boom, stands out as one of strongest Norwegian jazz releases in recent years.

One of the key bands of the 'new wave' of Scandinavian jazz, the ensemble features members of Ken Vandermark's Free Music Ensemble, The Thing with Mats Gutstafsson, Peter Brötzmann's Tentet and Scorch Trio. Together, these emerging musicians from the Norwegian jazz underground have performed and recorded with Chris Potter, Iain Ballamy, Per "Texas" Johansson, Sonic Youth and Joe McPhee, among many others.

Says Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark on the collective's outing: "To my ears everything the band plays sounds as if it belongs in the jazz milieu (even their fantastic reinterpretation of Radiohead's "The Pyramid Song" makes sense in this context), yet somehow none of it sounds dated, Atomic isn't playing someone else's music form another place and time, this is work that is personal and thoroughly creative in the NOW. Their music is the sound of creative risks being made in real time, and you can't do this if you're obsessed with re-creating and imitating the music of the past."