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.
A native of Seoul, Korea, the pianist Lisa Ullén grew up in the northern part of Sweden, and is based in Stockholm. A versatile player with a singular musical vision, Ullén has repeatedly proven her ability to imprint her absolute sense for tonal texture on whatever musical context she appears in. Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Ullén has collaborated extensively with many well-known Swedish artists and dancers, and has also scored several dramatic productions. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers.
“Extraordinary is all I can say as I dive in to her unique approach. /…/Amazing piano, some of it prepared, which should appeals to fans of John Cage as well as of Cecil Taylor.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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 German, London based cellist:
“For over 10 years, I have only played unscripted/improvised music. I have experimented with the sound of the cello, limiting myself to the alive material at hand: vast and complicated layers within the instrument and myself; and to let this music evolve continuously in relationship with others. It relates to the process of uncovering an endless multiplicity of coexisting sense perspectives. And it deals with the energy that this gives rise to. For me, it is the most exciting place to play music from.”
Most recent collaborations have been with Seymour Wright, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Rie Nakajima, Jennifer Allum, John Butcher, Terry Day, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Paul Abbott, Guillaume Viltard, and Daniel Blumberg.
Seymour Wright – saxophonist, investigator, artist – lives in London. His practice is about the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential; an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of the instrument. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access/share what he has called the ‘awkward wealth of investigation’. His work is documented on two widely acclaimed self-released collections Seymour Wright of Derby (2008) and Seymour Writes Back (2015). As well as STEPS, his current collaborations include lll人 (with Daichi Yoshikawa and Paul Abbott), GUO (with Daniel Blumberg) and XT (with Paul Abbott).