premiere of MOLNENS BRÖDER in stockholm

Feb.18, 2017

soon.. premiere… molnens bröder….. directed by Lars rudolfsson…. music by Fire!

playing the whole of 2017….

23 rd feb 2017 — world premiere in stockholm at DRAMATEN  –

with a video clip included.


NB – some of the performances will be translated to English:

10 march

11 march

19 march

24 march

28 march

11 april

The improvised and composed music by the experimental ensemble Fire! will be the hub and the flow in the play Molnens bröder (The Brothers of the Clouds), that opens on February 23rd on Sweden’s National Theatre in Stockholm, The Royal Dramatic Theatre – also known as Dramaten. The ensemble of 17 actors will create frictions and parallel layers of poetic beauty when interacting with the musicians. Mats Gustafsson, reeds and organ, is the musical director and will be on stage together with Johan Berthling, bass and organ, and Andreas Werliin, drums and  percussion.

The play is based on two novels by Swedish author Barbro Lindgren; Eldvin and Molnens bröder. It is set in a 1920’s asylum and tells us poetic tales of deep sorrow and wild fantasies.
The director Lars Rudolfsson has been the Artistic Director at the independent theatre Orionteatern for many years and has created spectacular performances of international acclaim.  A close collaboration with Benny Andersson (ABBA) has added to his performances.

Fire! And Rudolfsson collaborated in the play Det flygande barnet (The Flying Child) by Roland Schimmelpfennig in 2015. The production was highly acclaimed for the way music and text interacted. Rudolfsson and Gustafsson met already in 1990 when they worked together with a version of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner at Orionteatern in Stockholm. Again with a strong focus on the interplay between improvised music and acting.

The trio Fire! has positioned itself as one of the most creative international units of experimental music and has collaborated with  Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi, Refused, Stephen O‘Malley, Mariam Wallentin, Martin Hederos, Loney Dear, Thomas Öberg and many others, either in a trio setting or in the large Fire! Orchestra setting. Tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Russia, USA and Europe has been flanked by numerous releases of albums on the norwegian label Rune Grammofon

Molnens bröder will be performed during the whole year of 2017 and therefore mark a very special year for Gustafsson and Fire!. Regular touring is put aside and full focus is given to this unique play.





historical issue

Feb.07, 2017

a photo showed up today…. taken back in the day by Umeå rock researcher Jan Hofverberg .

the beginning of it all!

after starting Nirvana  in 1979 with great (be – bop) guitar player Andreas Pettersson – it moved on to the group on the photo:
Trans Jam (1981-83) with a young Kjell Nordeson ( of AALY trio and Nacka Forum- fame !) on drums.


Jan Hofverbergs foto.



Jan.16, 2017

some great video shoot from Meteo festival in mulhouse last august with the NU ensemble.

playing HIDROS 6 – KNOCKIN —- to Little Richard!

with the line up of:

Mariam Wallentin – vocals

Anders Nyqvist – trumpets

Mats Gustafsson – slide and bari sax

Joe McPhee – trumpet, tenor sax and space organ

Christer Bothén – bass clarinet and guimbri

Agustí Fernández– piano and organ

Kjell Nordeson – vibes, drums, flexatone, glockenspiel     

dieb13 – turntables

Per Åke Holmlander – tuba

Jon Rune Strom – bass

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass

Paal Nilssen- Love – drums


Mikael werliin – sound



hidros 8 – HEAL!

Jan.02, 2017



just a review from the first performance of the NU ensemble´s latest piece: HIDROS 8 – HEAL

antwerp, belgium , last november:


this version of the NU ensemble is actively looking for concerts and festivals in 2017 –

please get in touch w our agent Danielle Oosterop:


+Mats Gustafsson – saxes, conductions ( SE/ AT)

+Anna Högberg — alto and bari sax ( SE)

+Susanna Santos Silva – trumpets (POR/ SE)

+Per Åke Holmlander – tuba (SE)

+Hedvig Mollestad – guitar (NOR)

+Dieb13 – turntables (AT)

+christof kurzmann – lloopp, voice (AT)

+Massimo Pupillo – bass (ITA)

+Gert – Jan Prins- drums and electronics (NL)

+Ivar Loe Björnstad – drums (NOR)

the last gig of the year 2017

Dec.19, 2016

the first (!) time of the duo  of dieb13 & Gustafsson — long time collaborators… in a unique first time duo encounter  from Marseille!

short extract from a full concert.



see ya in a minute!

my favourite things

Dec.12, 2016

new interview in italian…. my favourite things….. lists and comments and more… all in italian! va bene!


Mats Gustafsson

new TRADES!!!

Nov.25, 2016

time again…. a lot of touring activity has slowed down the amount of trade lists this year… but more is coming… there are good stuff stored away… free jazz, jazz, free improvised music….

here is the VINYL TRADE nov / dec list:




these records are up for trade… and will shortly after be available for sale at

new sales list every first friday of the month!!!!!

some HEAVY items on the list…….

a new NU ensemble (again) !

Nov.17, 2016

IN antwerp on 23rd november – a NEW version of the NU ensmble will premiere a new hidros piece (again )




+Mats Gustafsson – saxes, conductions ( SE/ AT)
+Anna Högberg — alto  sax ( SE)
+Susanna Santos Silva – trumpets (POR/ SE)
+Per Åke Holmlander – tuba (SE)
+Hedvig Mollestad – guitar (NOR)
+Dieb13 – turntables (AT)
+christof kurzmann – lloopp, voice (AT)
+Massimo Pupillo – bass (ITA)
+Gert – Jan Prins- drums and electronics (NL)
+Ivar Loe Björnstad – drums (NOR)

Mikael Werliin – sound

lots NU activity this year…. in order to fight the global stupidities…. please JOIN US!






an attempt to rise and find the questions about the state of things of the moment.

there is an extreme unbalance on local and global layers at the moment — from ideological, economical, cultural and political perspectives –  

and we need an equilibrium of some sorts very soon.

what can make it all HEAL?

can it HEAL ?

and for how long can it HEAL?

are there more questions to find?

if we can find the questions – we might find the answers. or is it enough with the questions in order to HEAL?

only the next generation can tell. – therefor this piece is dedicated to my 9 year old daughter Leah.