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Ahanes (Kokkoli / Arapis / Aleklint / Zethson / Zetterberg / Agnas): Petrichor (Clean Feed)

Stockholm pianist Alexander Zethson invited Greek saxophonist Nicky Kokkoli and guitarist Giannis Arapis to take part in his 13-piece Thanatosis festival ensemble VÖ; they then asked drummer Nils Agnas, bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg and trombonist Mats Äleklint to join them for this sublimely flowing sextet studio session, which includes works by Mingus and Coltrane.
 

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Nicky Kokkoli-saxophone

Giannis Arapis-guitar

Mats Aleklint-trombone

Alexander Zethson-keyboard

Torbjorn Zetterberg-bass

Nils Agnas-drums


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UPC: 5609063006049

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF604
Squidco Product Code: 32501

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Clavier, in Stockholm, Sweden, December 18th 2021, by Torbjorn Zetterberg.

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"Ahanes gathered for the first time in Stockholm, in mid December 2021. Both coming from Greece and being invited to the wintery Stockholm by Zethson to play concerts, saxophonist Nicky Kokkoli were participating in a FRIM-initiated project with Maggie Nicols, while guitarist Giannis Arapis performed with Zethson's 13-piece ensemble and VÖ during a Thanatosis festival.

Though living in the same city (Athens) they hadn't played together before, which made the three of them even more excited to do something together. Together they decided to ask three Stockholm-based, amazing musicians: drummer Nils Agnas; bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg; and trombonist Mats Äleklint who were all keen to play with them.

The sextet met in a most unprestigious and open setting, trying out some songs, did some arrangements on the spot and then hit the record button. In the end, the album consists of two modal tunes by Coltrane and Mingus respectively, plus a composition, "Piper", by Zethson and Sand - a completely free improvisation, collective real-time composing led by the close interpla.

Nicky Kokkoli was Born in 1996 in Athens, Greece. Active on the Greek Jazz and Free Improv scenes. Works on solo projects as well as in various music bands. She has collaborated with many artists around the world such as Maggie Nicols, Sharif Senhaoui, Martin Küchen, Bram De Looze, Giorgos Kontrafouris etc.

Swedish pianist/keyboardist and composer Alexander Zethson (born 1988) is a member of bands such as Angles, Goran Kajfeš Tropiques, VÖ and Yokada. He has performed with Fredrik Ljungkvist, Nils Berg, various Mats Gustafsson-constellations, and many more. He frequently performs solo, as well as with the likes of Sven Wunder and Mariam The Believer. Zethson is also a concert organiser and runs the label Thanatosis Produktion.

Giannis Arapis (1994) is a guitarist and an educator based in Athens, Greece. He performs, composes and improvises experimental rock and jazz music, and he is also teaching guitar as well. His main purpose is to help establish the electric guitar as a melodic voice in avant-garde music, thus showing how you can create chaos with melodic phrases. Some of his main influences are the first free jazz saxophonists like Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy and Steve Lacy, as well as classical composers such as Bela Bartok and Shostakovich.

Mats Äleklint and Torbjörn Zetterberg are well-renowned players active on the international music scenes for decades. Nils Agnas is born in 1996 and already an sought-after drummer in Stockholm and Sweden. He currently plays a lot with Max Agnas."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Nicky Kokkoli is an undergraduate student at the Ionian University, in the department of Musical Studies, specializing in Jazz Saxophone. She is an active member of the Greek Jazz and Free improvisation scene mostly based in Athens and Corfu. She has attended various workshops of the following: Sheila Jordan, Gilad Hekselman, Markus Stockhausen Petros Klampanis, Bert van den Brink, etc., as well as a series of courses from professors Ronan Guilfoyle, Markus Stockhausen, Ian Sinclair, John Ruocco, Roni Eytan, etc. Furthermore, she has participated in the 16th Athens Digital Arts Festival (2020) - (2021), Summer Jazz Academy: Corfu Jazz World (2017), in the 11th Audiovisual Arts Festival in Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall, in Jazz at 20: 20 Years of Jazz Studies at the Ionian University (2016), Aqua Jazz (2015), Maggie Nicols Creative Liberation Orchestra, Stockholm (2021). Additionally, she has collaborated with artists as Maggie Nicols, Markus Stockhausen, Christer Bothén, Martin Küchen, Bram De Looze, Giorgos Kontrafouris, etc."

-Nicky Kokkoli Website (https://www.onassis.org/people/nicky-kokkoli)
2/28/2024

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"Giannis Arapis (1994) is a guitarist based in Athens, Greece who performs, composes and improvises experimental rock and jazz music. His main purpose is to help establish the electric guitar as a melodic voice in avant-garde music, thus showing how you can create chaos with melodic phrases. Some of his main influences are the first free jazz saxophonists, as well as classical composers such as Bella Bartok and Shostakovich.

He has played and recorded with Noël Akchoté, Mats Gustafsson, Eva Lindal, Johan Berthling among others.

Some of his notable groups in noise rock and free jazz are Mammock and Ramdat."

-NeuGuitars (https://neuguitars.com/2021/10/13/slow-arrow-by-giannis-arapis-vilhelm-bromander-vangelis-dimos-ramble-records-2021-on-neuguitars-blog/)
2/28/2024

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"Mats Aleklint is a freelance trombone player, born 1979, that lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

I work mostly in the fields of improvisation and jazz, but also blues, soul, theater music, pop and rock. I have been working as a freelance since the year 2000, and touring in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Slovenia, Portugal, England, Germany, and many other countries. Toured with/Recorded with: Alberto Pinton Quintet, YunKan10, Torbjörn Zetterberg Octet, Norrbotten Big Band, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, The Thing XXL, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brus Trio+2, Big Band Splash, Per-Henrik Wallin, Harmonica Henry, Lisa Ullén Quartet, Blacknuss, Angles, Je Suis!, All Included, LED, and many many others. I also have a band of my own, Mats Äleklint Kvartett."

-Mats Aleklint Website (http://www.matsaleklint.com/?page_id=7)
2/28/2024

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"Alexander Zethson has completed the bachelor performance programme in jazz at KMH and is currently studying at the second year of the master's programme with Lisa Ullén as his primary instrument teacher.

Alexander has participated in extensive concert and tour activities and has participated in fifteen record productions. The ensembles include:

• Niklas Barnö's free jazz group Je Suis!• A number of tours in Europe with Martin Küchen's group Angles 9

Alexander is also active as arranger and pianist in collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a cooperation which began in 2011. Zethson, Sofia Jernberg and Lene Grenager has arranged music from Hallingdal and Røros performed by the TJO with Zethson, Jernberg and violinist/Hardanger fiddler Olav Luksengård Mjelva."

-KMH Royal College of Music in Stockholm (https://www.kmh.se/alexander-zethson-received-the-rosenborg-gehrmans-scholarship)
2/28/2024

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"Torbjörn Zetterberg (born 10 May 1976) is a Swedish jazz musician (double bass) and composer, known from collaborations with Jonas Kullhammar.

Zetterberg attended Södra Latin och Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv but was first recognised as bassist when he studied at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm still very young. Here he studied bass under guidance of Jan Adefelt. Soon he joined drummer Fredrik Norén's band together with the saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar. Already at this point one could sense that he would become a prominent figure in the Swedish jazz scene. Now his name is firmly rooted in the vibrant progressive selection as the new jazz generation.

He went through a personal crisis and did not record as a bandleader for more than seven years. Zetterberg was uncomfortable with his career and in 2010 he decided to leave the urban life including his bass, and moved to a Buddhist temple. There he resided for a year and still spends half of his time there in 2016. This existential crisis led to the production of the album Och Den Stora Frågan ("And the Big Question" in Swedish) in 2014. Here he collaborated with well known musicians from his earlier career, like the Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and drummer Jon Fält, known from albums with pianist Bobo Stenson's trio. The album is "charged with joyful urgency, shiny optimism and confident flowing energy, despite the doubts and uncertainties that accompany any creative, artistic process", the reporter of All About Jazz stated in 2014."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torbj%C3%B6rn_Zetterberg)
2/28/2024

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"Nils Agnas is a Swedish drummer, born in 1996. He is the son of Joakim Agnas and the four Agnas Bros. are his cousins."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/9023200-Nils-Agnas)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. India 13:06

2. Sand 10:38

3. Piper 05:11

4. Canon 13:52

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