British firebrand baritone saxophonist Alan Wilkinson's 'Norwegian' quartet with guitarist Kim Johannesen, bassist Ola Høyer, and drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen return to Cafe OTO under a new name - AKODE. Having played together now for two years, they've stoked the smoldering potential of their initial meetings into a proper fireball of surprising dynamic possibilities and nerve-jangling intensity.
There can be few more daunting sounds in free music than that of Alan Wilkinson in overdrive, whether the headlong flights of his alto playing, or the beefier heft he gets from the baritone. Often featured lately with bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble ( their CD ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ was among the CDs of the last decade in the Times) he’s also appeared with Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Chris Corsano, Talibam!, Eddie Prevost, and his trio with Simon Fell and Paul Hession, among others.
Guitarist Kim Johannesen has a speed and dexterity that places him closer to a Joe Morris than Derek Bailey yet with a take on abstraction that’s entirely his own. Based in Oslo his impressive record includes work with Raymond Strid, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, John Butcher, Pat Thomas and Roger Turner.
Currently resident in Berlin bassist Ola Høyer, like many of the erudite new generation of Norwegian musicians, is equally at home in Jazz, alt Rock and heavy metal. What he brings to free improvisation is an acute musicality and an unfettered approach that is making him increasingly in demand, sharing a strong relationship in particular with Johannesen.
DAG ERIK KNEDAL ANDERSEN
Dag Erik Knedal Andersen is the wild card whose flamboyant, hyperactive, take-no-prisoners approach to drumming place him somewhere between Paal Nillsen-Love and Han Bennink. He is an ubiquitous part of the Oslo and Norwegian improvised music scene having won the title of ’Talent of the Year’ at the Molde Jazz Festival in 2010.
This event is part of the 2012 London Jazz Festival.