December 2007

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $17.50 Students / $20 Members + Seniors / $25 General Admission
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Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:00pm


IHP/ANW Out There: Radical Musical Cultures Series

Ivar Grydeland, guitars + banjo + pedal steel guitar
Tonny Kluften, double-bass + electronics
Ingar Zach, percussion + tabla machine + sarangi box + shruti box

An intriguing double-bill featuring two generations of Norway's remarkable jazz and experimental music legacy.

The all-Norwegian trio Huntsville has developed a striking and original sound world - a genuinely musical use of unexpected sounds and textures, allied with echoes of traditional genres in a radical new conceptual language.  Ivar Grydeland and Ingar Zach are known as the founders of the exceptional Sofa record label - which has produced recordings from Tony Oxley, Paal Nilssen-Love, Axel Dörner and many others. They have worked with Tonny Kluften since 1998 as the core of the acclaimed improvising ensemble No Spaghetti Edition. As a trio their performances reveal a groove-based approach with strong elements of composition, but this is no conventional guitar-bass-drums trio.  Audiences are bound to hear traces of folk, country, Indian ragas, contemporary music and more. The three musicians in Huntsville have contributed to over 100 recordings, and collectively have collaborated with some of the leading names in European jazz such as Jon Balke and the Magnetic North Orchestra, Derek Bailey, Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Christian Wallumrod, Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Sunny Murray.  Join us for their first US appearance.

Frode Gjerstad Trio
Frode Gjerstad, alto saxophone + clarinets
Øyvind Storesund, double-bass
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

The Frode Gjerstad Trio draws upon the energy of the free-jazz continuum as defined by Ornette, Mingus, Dolphy and Coltrane. With over 20 recordings as a leader, Gjerstad has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene.  He came to prominence with the John Stevens group in the 80s, and his subsequent trio work has included collaborations with Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, William Parker, Rashied Bakr and Hamid Drake. This is his first Norwegian trio, which includes two of the most exceptional talents in all of improvised music. Taking inspiration equally from William Parker and Philadelphia's Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Øyvind Storesund has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in Norway today.  He performs in Cloroform, Ciculasione Totale Orchestra and Kaizer's Orchestra, and has recorded as a member of the Kaada/Mike Patton collaborative project. Paal Nilssen-Love is one of Europe's most active drummers and has established himself as a powerful and a dynamic musician through ongoing projects with Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Ken Vandermark (School Days, FME, Powerhouse Sound), Raoul Björkenheim (Scorch Trio) and Peter Brötzmann (Chicago Tentet), as well as with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Terrie Ex and Fugazi's Guy Picciotto. "Nilssen-Love is one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz!" (DownBeat Magazine).