Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love played together for the first time in 1998. Since then the two have collaborated in many groups, amongst them Hairy Bones, Roma trio, Ada trio, The Chicago Tentet and not least as duo. The duo has toured several times in Europe, played concerts in Japan and USA. The Oslo based record label, Smalltown Supersound has released two CDs, “SweetSweat” from 2008 and “Woodcuts” from 2010.
One of their favorite combination of instruments; sax & drums, sees the two in a challenging setting. This duo will provide an energy outlet out of the ordinary where grounding in generation and tradition ceases. This is music of today where life experience and youthful energy against each other in respect, trust, and a risky challenge of each other's expressions and stamina.
PETER BRÖTZMANN / Tenor and Alto Saxophones, Tarogato, Clarinet
Peter Brötzmann is one of the most important and uncompromising figures in free jazz and has been at the forefront of developing a unique, European take on free improvisation since the 1960s.
Brötzmann first trained as a painter and was associated with Fluxus (Participating in various events and working as an assistant to Nam Jun Paik) before dissatisfaction with the art world moved his focus towards music. However he continued to paint and his instantly recognisable visual sensibility has produced some of our favourite LP sleeves as well as a number of gallery shows in recent years.
Self-taught on Clarinet and Saxophone, Brötzmann established himself as one of the most powerful and original players around, releasing a number of now highly sought after sides of musical invention including the epochal 'Machine Gun' session in 1968 - originally released on his own Brö private press and later recordings for FMP (Free Music Production) the label he started with Jost Gebers. Brötzmann's sound is "one of the most distinctive, life-affirming and joyous in all music" and he has performed with almost all of the major players of free music from early associations with Don Cherry and Steve Lacy to regular groupings with Peter Kowald, Alex Von Slippenbach, Han Bennink and Fred Van Hove, the Chicago Tentet (Mats Gustafsson/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark and more) and various one-off and ad hoc associations with many others including Keiji Haino, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton and Rashied Ali.
Paal Nilssen-Love is "one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz!" (Downbeat). He has lent his incredible speed and unstoppable creative dynamism to countless groups, notably The Thing and his long-running duo with Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark.
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.
"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." The Jazzmann
CLAUDE DEPPA / trumpet
Claude came to England with his family from South Africa when he was about 12 years old. In London he built on his boyhood experience as a brass band trumpeter and drummer, and as a founder member of the Jazz Warriors he developed into one the UK’s most influential jazz musicians. He is well known for his work with many of the great expatriate South African bands such as Louis Moholo/Viva La Black, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath and the Grand Union Orchestra. He also directs and composes for his own bands Horns Unlimited and African Jazz Allstars.