The Swedish trio of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin collaborate with twenty-eight prestigious guests to form the Fire! Orchestra, an incredible free-jazz big band.
Label: Rune Grammofon
Released in: Norway
"Fire! is a Swedish trio comprising Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). Fire! is where they go to stretch their instrumental skills and to play outside their comfort zones, or collaborate with prestigious guests (see their previous Rune Grammofon releases You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago , Unreleased? with Jim O'Rourke , and In the Mouth a Hand with Oren Ambarchi ]2012]).
Fire! Orchestra takes the project to the next level: a sonic behemoth comprising 31 members that should be unmanageable, but turns out to possess the elegance and lucidity of the righteous free-jazz big bands of the past. Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra. Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill. Centipede. Sun Ra's Space Is the Place. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath. Freddie Hubbard & Ilhan Mimaroglu's Sing Me a Song of Songmy. All these classic landmarks come to mind as you listen to their monumental Exit!. This album was recorded in January 2012 at the headquarters of Fylkingen, the legendary Stockholm avant-garde music center. But before you go thinking this is an impenetrable free-jazz meltdown, listen again.
"Exit!" follows in these mighty footprints, but it's also an odyssey that takes its own route, with post-rock/Krautrock diversions along the way. There is a way in to Exit!, and the way out is clearly sign-posted. Fire! is all about burning up tradition and blazing new paths and fresh approaches in improvised music -- approaches informed equally by garage punk, electroacoustics and the noise of heavy industry.
Throughout both long halves of "Exit!", Mariam Wallentin and Sofie Jernberg chant ritualistic lyrics written by Arnold de Boer of Dutch avant-rock institution, The Ex. The text, he explains, is about concrete and non-concrete space, "and about the possibility of improvising in actual space, and the ties, ropes and teachers in many online spaces and programs. It's up to the various sorts of fire to define the real, irreal, surreal and unreal." Exit! might be a monotonous monolith of repetitive beats, or a tornado-eye of wild solos, but it has a point to make."-Rune GammofonAlso available on CD.
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Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RLP 3138LP
Squidco Product Code: 17176
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded on January 13th, 2012 at Fylkingen, Stockholm by Sigge Krantz and Mikael Werliin.
Emil Svanangen-voice, guitar
Per Ake Holmlander-tuba
Anna Hogberg-alto saxophone
Mats Gustafsson-tenor saxophone, live electronics
Elin Larsson-tenor saxophone
Fredrik Ljungkvist-baritone saxophone, clarinet
Christer Bothe'n-bass clarinet, guimbri
Jonas Kullhammar-bass saxophone
Sten Sandell-piano, electronics
Johan Berthling-electric bass
Thomas Mera Gartz-drums
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1. Exit! Part One 19:29
2. Exit! Part Two 24:54