RADIAN MEET MATS GUSTAFSSON
Radio station: DESWR
Venue/s of the event: E-Werk Freiburg
audio stream: Art’s birthday
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The Art’s Birthday is the first meeting of the abstract rockers Radian with the extreme saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. The formation Radian moves between contemporary music, advanced jazz and pop, electronic music and media art. Mats Gustafsson is a fixture in jazz and improvised music. As a solo improviser he often works in collaboration with contemporary dance, visual art, poetry and theatre. He is also internationally known with bands like “The Thing” and “FIRE!”.
The apparent contrast between the Radian-own ‘microscopic’ focus on sound details and smallest nuances on the one hand, and the expressive presence of Mats Gustafsson’s powerful baritone saxophone on the other hand, opens a wide field of synergy, compression and intensification options in total.
Mats Gustafsson and Radian develop especially for Art’s Birthday a highly original vision of experimental music, changing between meticulously-composed pieces and freer, almost improvised sections (otherwise in the Radian context a rarity), oscillating between abstract Extended Technique miniatures and electroacoustic Wall-of-sound broadsides.
Radian Martin Brandlmayr (A) drums, vibraphone, samples & editing; John Norman (S) bass; Martin Siewert (A) guitars, lapsteel, electronics
Mats Gustafsson (S) saxophone