Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
"The music on Open Border defies musical conventions and boundary lines. Instead it focuses on a search for creative ground without categories. It is a recording of improvised music invented at the highest level, spontaneous and timeless, energized and austere, always exhilarating. "
Jojo Hiroshige / Pika / Paal Nilssen-Love / Lasse Marhaug
"The quartet of two drummers, Paal-Nilssen-Love & Pika, and two noise artists, JoJo Hiroshige & Lasse Marhaug, performing live at Osaka Chika-Ikkai for six intense, powerful and informed noise improvisations."
""It would be easy for Gustafsson to rest on his already-broad bag of tricks at this stage in his development: after all, it takes a special panache to parlay a career in outer-limits improvisation into work with both Sonic Youth and Neneh Cherry, while still stopping in between to play with a huge grip of important players in his more immediate sphere, so he must be consistently doing something right already. Piano Mating may be a short diversion from this business is usual, but it's also a reminder that with Gustafsson, business is never quite usual." - The Quietus"
Anne La Berge
"Unsounds is proud to present Anne La Berge’s new piece: RAW. Originally from Stillwater, Minesota and based in Amsterdam, the avant-flutist, improviser and composer has written an open-ended work for ensemble and electronics made up of fragmented gestures and shards of skeletal speech."
Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides
"The live set recorded in Glasgow's CCA in Feb 28.2006 was originally recorded and released as an exclusive download for 7hings Music. Reinterpretations of Classic Rebetika Songs. A1, A2, A3, A5, B1, B3, B4 recorded live at the CCA, Glasgow Feb 28.2006 Track A4 recorded at the Grand Theatre, Groningen 02.08.06 for dance group Club Guy & Roni. Track B2 recorded at Zaal 100, Amsterdam 2009. "
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex
""...Terrie was already bouncing towards Vandermark with a drumstick and too much energy that he needed to get rid of urgently. It was only a matter of seconds before the two gave their all, in that strange combination of seemingly incompatible tactics that somehow fit together. The rhythmic accents of Vandermark were razor-sharp and turbulent, and were executed with the same crackling energy that Hessels treated the strings with. The interaction was jumpy, constantly on the move, with a strong dash of humor (especially by an unleashed Hessels, who treated his guitar and the stage with a hammer (!)), but also an instinctive one; interaction that, despite enormous freedom, also led to a set that was as short as it was consistent.” (Guy Peters). "
Paal Nilssen-Love & Arto Lindsay
"During drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's July 2013 solo gig at Auido Rebel's Quintavant in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, he was joined on stage by Arto Lindsay performing on electric guitar and voice. The result is this album, presenting two improvisations from these powerful players. Of the performance Nilssen-Love writes: "The gig was organised by the guys running Audio Rebel i Rio... fantastic guys who´s also musicians. Gig was amazing and we we´re both drenched in sweat and we agreed that we have to do more... thankfully the recording was a success and I think Lasse´s done a good job mixing and mastering the music."
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
"DKV is one of the tightest free-improvisation units you can imagine due to the use of written material on which they improvise extensively. It’s especially Hamid Drake’s rhythmic pulse – ranging from funky elegant grooves to free wildfire – that provides the fundamentals of this group. It’s almost a shock when “This Building is on Fire”, the first track, abruptly ends and Gustafsson, Pupillo and Nilssen-Love step into the arena, as if they were burying DKV under their wall of noise. If you listen closely however, you realize that both trios complement each other excellently. Nilssen-Love shows his wild and expressive side but Drake is a much too experienced and great a drummer to drown in this torrent. He sticks to his style, and the result is a highly energetic combination that also grooves like hell. - Martin Schray and Colin Green "Free Jazz Blog""
Paal Nilssen-Love & Terrie Hessels
"A live concert at Festival PiedNu, in Le Havre, France in 2015 by guitarist Terrie Ex and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, three improvisations using exemplary technique and unusual approaches to their instrument, cathartic improv from two well-travelled players."
Ikue Mori & Maja S.K. Ratkje
"A recording of live performances which brought together two essential figures of the contemporary scene: an oustanding Norwegian composer and vocal artist Maja S.K. Ratkje and a celebrated improviser and composer, former DNA drummer, Ikue Mori. The common sound territory, created together by Mori and Ratkje, balances between quietly growing tension and powerful outbursts of unrestrained, relentless noise. Within this harmony, Ratkje takes adventurous excursions towards the borders and unknown facets of sound, using treated voice as well as an acoustic and electronic workshop, while Mori's thoughtful laptop provides a strong frame and a sense of deep focus. In these carefully crafted, long and nuanced compositions, both artists maneuver between meditative, ritual areas and irregular, elusive noise blots. The most astonishing element of this superb performance is the realization that even though the compositions are entirely intuitive, created without any previous planning, guidelines or negotations, the listener can sense a nearly palpable sense of deep connection and understanding between the artists. Their knowledge and keen, immediate communication create an invisible harness, which naturally directs the stream of improvisation. This engaging, exhaustive listen is a contemplative retreat and a daring, dizzying somersault at once'. Olga Drenda"
""This unconventional trio features Norwegians Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics), inceptive members of Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound. Exploring similar territory, Fire Room ventures further into the extremes of brutal cacophony and disquieting stillness.""