Fire! Orchestra (SE/PT)
Rituals are the mysterious obsessions, neuroses and unspoken behavioral rules of our everyday lives, but mostly they're unconscious everyday actions. But the power of ritual is that we are also able to go beyond everyday consciousness, and this is what Fire! Orchestra deliberately seeks to create.
At the centre of the band, which operates at the interface of Free Jazz, psychedelic rock and noise, is the bestial trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin, whose unrelenting musical manifesto may not be easily approached. Umeå native Gustafsson has been seen many times performing at Tampere Jazz Happening: he is the uncrowned King of Scandinavian Free Jazz, whose dynamism varies from aggressive power blowing to a silent whispering. The music of the Fire! Orchestra exerts vigor, will and strength, but they understand that it remains true only in contrast. In this time and place, the Fire! Orchestra comprises 13 musicians. It is going to be a real tractor-pulling show of Free Jazz!
This music keeps circling, like the wind in the aftermath of a storm scattering ashes and debris: the underlying tension is one of the great qualities of the album in general.
- Mats Gustafsson - baritone sax
- Johan Berthling - double bass, electronic bass
- Andreas Werliin - drums
- Mariam Wallentin - voice
- Josefin Runsteen - violin
- Anna Lindal - violin
- Katt Hernandez - viola
- Leo Svensson - cello
- Per Texas Johansson - contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet
- Christer Bothén - contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet
- Isak Hedtjärn - Bb clarinet
- Alexander Zethson - organ, piano
- Susana Santos Silva - trumpet