IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES: G. FJERSTAD TRIO + STEVE SWELL
@ Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL 60647
Opening Thursday, November 17th, from 8PM - 11:30PM
Elastic Arts presents a return visit by this fantastic transatlantic quartet, featuring a cross-generational mashup of some of the most important artists working in improvised music from Norway and the US over the last 40 years.
8:30 PM : G. FJERSTAD TRIO + STEVE SWELL
G. Fjerstad – reeds
Steve Swell – trombone
Johnny Strum – bass
PNL – drums
$15 – Tickets Available at the Door
ABOUT THE BAND
The G. Fjerstad Trio had its debut concert at the Blow Up festival in Oslo, Norway in summer 2011. Since then they’vve released seven records on labels including PNL and Clean Feed, and toured all over the world, including Norway, North and South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
The trio’s music is free improvised and has its roots in the free-jazz tradition. With a high level of energy but with strong dynamics and rapid contrasts, the trio has developed a sound of it´s own and has it´s strength from many years of experience as a working group.
The backbone of this band is the longtime relationship between friends and neighbors Fjerstand and PNL. The younger drummer grew up playing in the older reedist’s bands, and the two have worked together since 1992 in countless projects, developing a rapport that’s beyond deep, with almost thirty records and countless concerts together over the last thirty years.
The band is joined here by New York trombonist Steve Swell, a collaboration that began in 2017 and has continued to this day. Swell’s contributions to the band have led to a broader pallet of sounds that bring out new contributions and approaches from each band member.
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