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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $25 / $20 / $17.50
Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 8:00pm

Mats Gustafsson + Thurston Moore

Mats Gustafsson, saxophone
Thurston Moore, el. guitar

"Mats is the most modern of players where the genre tags of jazz, noise, experimental, avant-whatever are finally transcended to a new millennium - where compositional concepts are at once in check with open improvisation and a supermodernism that we always wanted: rock & roll." -Thurston Moore

Sweden's Mats Gustafsson is one of the world's biggest names on the free music scene. His extended saxophone techniques draw equally from the fiery free jazz blowing tradition as well as the European microtonal schools, reinventing the playing of the instrument along the way. Through groups such as The Thing, Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, Barry Guy New Orchestra, Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra, Original Silence (with Terrie Ex and Jim O'Rourke) and collaborations with Sonic Youth, Joe McPhee and The Boredoms, Gustafsson is one of the most powerful saxophonists working today.

Guitarist Thurston Moore, a member of the critically-acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, has been involved in numerous experimental side projects - from composing for the Bang on a Can All-Stars to collaborating with Cecil Taylor. Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore has performed with scores of exceptional underground musicians including Lydia Lunch, William Hooker, Christian Marclay, Mike Watt, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline and Glenn Branca.

This concert has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project.  Presented with International House Philadelphia. Special thanks to R5 Productions.