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Frode Gjerstad Trio

October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

Frode Gjerstad photo by Daniel Sheehan

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$18 general / $16 members & seniors / $10 students & military


The fierce Norwegian saxophonist, much applauded in earlier Seattle appearances, performs with Chicago-based cellist and prolific avant-garde composer Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jon Rune Strøm, a first-call modernist bassist throughout Scandinavia.


Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, much applauded in earlier Seattle appearances, performs with Chicago-based cellist and prolific avant-garde composer Fred Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm.

With more than 100 records as leader/co-leader, Gjerstad is a Norwegian pioneer in improvised music. The multi-reedist’s life-long storied international collaborations – John Stevens, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Michael Zerang, Kevin Norton, Steve Swell, Peter Brotzmann, Derek Bailey – moved closer to home as younger Norwegian improvisers found a path. His first all-Norwegian trio began in 1998, with Paal Nilssen-Love on drums. Here, Gjerstad continues with two expert international improvisers.

Chicago-based cellist Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music from the Juilliard School to the gutter. He’s a former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, leads his primary projects Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra, and is a member of many ongoing collective projects and infrequently convening ensembles. He’s worked with Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Wilbert DeJoode, Torsten Muller, Michael Zerang, and others.

Young Norwegian bassist Strøm is co-founder of Stone Floor Records, a Norwegian independent label for free jazz and improvised music. He performs with the Universal Indians Trio (Stone Floor Records, Clean Feed Records), with compatriot drummer Tollef Østvang, saxophonist John Dikeman, and guest performer Joe McPhee.

This drummer-less trio’s stark gestures and focused intention are stripped-of-artifice to reveal a depth-of-mutual-engagement, that can stimulate our own inward journey. Maybe that reflection lends a strengthened goodwill that will serve us all outside the rare moments in the atmospherically fit Chapel Performance Space.

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Date:
October 20, 2016
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8:00 pm
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