7–8 March 2015
Two nights featuring five of Sweden's top improvising musicians – the first night event in a touring series. With a continuously changing set up, each concert will be a totally improvised experience for both Here Here! and local invited musicians, as well as for the audience.
The events will be filmed in Super-8 by the awarded Swedish filmmaker Mårten Nilsson and recorded for album release.
- Lisa Ullén / piano
- Sofia Jernberg / voice
- David Stackenäs / guitar
- Ida Lundén / live electronics & objects
- Nina de Heney / double bass
Hear Here will be joined by Ute Kanngiesser and Seymour Wright. They bring a complex and intense notion of the 'local', creative history, and the increasingly-bizarre, post-genre present of the communities close to cafe OTO to the two nights of meetings of this project.
The two have played together as a duo – which they now call abaria (they also currently collaborate as parts of lll人lll and Hebronix) – most weeks since 2011. Much of this playing has taken place in the OTO project space.
Lisa Ullén is a pianist and composer, born in Seoul, Korea, raised in the north part of Sweden. She has fronted her own quartet, since the mid nineties, and to date has released as a pianist over 30 albums . She studied at the Royal Musical Academy, Stockholm, and conducted further studies in jazz at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, EAM at the electronic music studio EMS in Stockholm and the Royal Institute of Art. She has been working for many years in the field of improvisation, free jazz and contemporary art music. Ullén tours internationally, solo as well in different groups.
Singer and composer, born in Ethiopia in 1983 and currently based in two cities: Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden. As a singer she is developing the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Sofia’s singing vocabulary includes sounds and techniques that often contradict a natural singing style. She has dug deep into split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.
“...it is the singing that is most impressive. Jernberg's vocal agility is sweeping, analogous, conceivably, to the range of sounds that Wadada Leo Smith can generate with the trumpet. She is a phenomenon that merits attention.” – Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
David Stackenäs works in the field of contemporary jazz and free improvised music. Over the years he has developed a unique way of playing guitar – both prepared sith different materials as well as conventional technique and a growing armada of pedals. He creates music with great imagination and poetry.
”Creating something different – not to mention memorable, with the world’s most popular instrument, the guitar, often seems as unlikely as winning the national lottery. Yet Swedish guitarist David Stackenäs has done so on this short, cunningly enigmatic disc.” – Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly
The creative works of Ida Lundén is defined of a stringent playfulness and openness . It has resulted in a constantly developing instrumentarium from pianos, organ and home made synthesizers to call pipes mechanical toys and other objects. She has been composer in residence by Swedish Radio and has collaborated with sound artists and poets.
“I’ve rarely heard electrical waves touching each other in this matter, or experienced changeable tonal sounds almost eroded and yet forming a fundament for listening. The piece is absolutely enchanting, definitely by Moris most distinct standard. With Lundén a razor sharp light is added forming gaps in the music” – Thomas Millroth, Soundofmusic.
Growing up in Switzerland before moving to US for studies for Mirsolav Vitous at The New England conservatory of Music in Boston. From 1983 Nina has lived in Sweden, free-lancing on the jazz and improvisation scene. She is currently focused on solo bass which has resulted in three albums. 2008 she founded with dancer Annan Westberg the festival Dance´n Bass.
“These masterful improvisations put de Heney in a league of her own in the elite of solo double bass improvisers such as Joëlle Léandre, Barry Guy, Mark Dresser and Barre Phillips. A brilliant achievement by a highly unique player.” – Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz
Ute Kanngiesser is a London based cellist and composer from Germany. Over the years, she has carefully deconstructed her classical roots and almost exclusively performs unscripted, improvised music. Much of her work has evolved in relationship with other art forms such as film, poetry, dance, and site specific performance.
Cafe Oto has been her musical home since its beginnings and where she has collaborated with a wide spectrum of local and visiting artists. She has also performed at Whitstable Biennale, The Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, the V&A and international festivals.
Seymour Wright is a saxophonist. His work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential.
Seymour's solo music is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
Current projects include: @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; XT with Paul Abbott; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble; a trans-atlantic duet with Andy Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.