Oct.23, 2014

after symphonies in Umeå ( 23rd oct) – 50th festival in vienna (26-28th oct ) — it is time for real touring again!!!


THE THING spreading the wisdoms and perspectives of viking jazz, action jazz, garage jazz and related activities!!!!


see you all out there!


1st symphony!

Oct.21, 2014

the premiere of mats gustafsson´s 1st symphony – MINNET

will be performed thursday 23rd october in Umeå

direct broadcast swedish radio P2 , 1900 – 2030 – 23rd oct 2014.

by Norrlandsoperans Symfoniorkester conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer

soloists ; lars- göran ulander- alto sax & dieb13- turntables



Oct.07, 2014

now finally it is definate!
the program is done.

MG 50 – PORTRAIT VIENNA 26 – 28th oct 2014


new arrivals — new guests — the “PRICKEN ÖVER I” x 4 —–



AND the  world premieres of two films!!!!!

Burning Bright

A film by Joel Grip and Mauricio Hernández about and with Fire! Orchestra.
Sweden 2014 | Doc | 52 min |  16 mm | Color | Umlicht : Transformation Gaze.

The making (of a NU Ensemble)

by pierre michel zaleski

October 8th – 12th 2013



AND …..


the release of the BOX SET — HIDROS 6 KNOCKIN — mats gustafsson & NU ensemble

on NOTTWO RECORDS: 2lp set, 5 cd, 1 dvd , book….all in ONE!


and much much more…….








50´s portrait feature in the wire

Sep.27, 2014


October 26-28

Per-A?ke Holmlander, Special guests, Gu?nter Christmann, Erwan Keravec, Duos, Kjell Nordeson, Sofia Jernberg, Mats Gustafsson, Photo exhibition, Johan Berthling, Dieb13, Martin Siewert, Fake the facts, Mikael Werliin, Christoph Kurzmann, Swedish azz, DD Kern, Billy Roisz, Thomas Lehn, Klangforum Wien, Paal Nilssen – Love, Agusti Fernandez, Fire!,  Mariam Wallentin, Andreas Werliin, The Thing, Erik Carlsson, Petra Cvelbar, Micke Keysendal, Poster exhibition, Ken Vandermark, Ingebrigt Ha?ker Flaten, Solos, Paul Lovens, and more…


Porgy & Bess, Wien

One day tickets: 18€ Thee day pass: 50€


Sep.23, 2014

activities for FIRE! ORCHESTRA this fall!

this weekend  in London @ the laundry, organised by the Barbican.

sep 26th !!!!

check the preview out:




sep 26th – The Laundry, London, UK

oct 14th – Fasching, Stockholm , SWEDEN

oct 17th – Skopje Jazzfestval, Macedonia

nov 2nd – Berlin Jazzfestival, Germany

MATS G 50 PORTRAIT in Vienna oct 26- 28th

Sep.16, 2014




3 day portrait in vienna – 26 – 28th oct, 2014.

concerts, photo exhibitions, poster exhibition, special vinyl editions, DJs


more special guests to TBA soon!!!



Sep.05, 2014

tomorrow!   saturday 6th sep

- spectacular Klangforum Wien & mats gustafsson performance in wien -


in zaha hadids amazing building Wirtschafts Uni; Learning Center.

6 hour full blow out!

Urbo Kune continuation!

starting at 18.18


Mats Gustafsson — Fanfare
Wolfgang Mitterer — scan 1
Georges Aperghis — Simulacre IV
Mats Gustafsson — Intervention 1
Iannis Xenakis — Kraanerg
Alvin Lucier — Silver Streetcar for the orchestra for solo triangel
Tristan Murail — Désintégrations
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati — Konstellation
Erwin Schulhoff — slow


Olivier Vivares, Klarinette
Joonas Ahonen, Klavier
Lukas Schiske, Schlagwerk
Mats Gustafsson, Saxophon
Dirigent: Clement Power


Fire! ENTER review

Aug.06, 2014

yet another two reviews…. of  the new album ENTER  by Fire! Orchestra. reviewed by great the freejazzblog and swedish rock mag SONIC!


Fire! Orchestra – Enter (Rune Grammofon, 2014) ****½

In the last issue of “The Wire“ Fire! Orchestra’s new album “Enter” was harshly criticized, there were expressions and phrases like “flawed”, “conceptually flabby”, “texturally overcooked” or “cod-operatic prog rock pomp”. The reviewer even claimed that he couldn’t remember actively disliking an album as much in a very long time.

“The Wire” is rightfully regarded as a well-respected magazine, the question is how can they be so completely wrong – since “Enter” is a great album. Maybe the reason for this scorcher is the fact that Gustafsson had a marvelous year 2013. Almost everyone liked Fire! Orchestra’s debut “Exit”, it was in many of our top ten lists, “The Wire” even gave Gustafsson a cover story, alternative rock media paid attention, this year the orchestra played the Roskilde festival. That might be why some critics have become suspicious that Gustafsson is flirting too much with mainstream.

This is one side of the coin and the beginning of the album could prove the skeptics right because “Enter” ties in with “Exit”, however it is a bit more accessible, funkier, more soulful, with a tempting Fender Rhodes riff and the demand “to let it all go” – the hippie approach is taken to the extremes, it’s drunken psychedelic soul as if they were a prog rock version of Rare Earth or The Temptations.
On the other hand this lasts just five minutes before the real nature of this album is revealed. Much more than its predecessor it gives off the spirit of one of Gustafsson’s great idols: Sun Ra. Like the Arkestra has used swing structures, free jazz patterns and Ra’s special ideology to create their unique sound, Gustafsson and Fire! Orchestra use rock, pop, free jazz and modern big band elements to do likewise – only in a more postmodernist way.

“Enter Part Two” opens with a distorted version of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” riff presenting Silverbullit´s Simon Ohlsson as a male voice as a contrast to singers Mariam Wallenberg and Sofie Jernberg – one of the differences to “Exit”. The composition is classic Fire! stuff, Kraut rock shit which is kept together by Johan Berthling’s fuzz bass, Andreas Werliin’s drums and even Gustafsson’s sax submits to the groove before the orchestra fuel the hot brew. However, completely out of the blue, the track undergoes a shape shift as if a band was kicked off the stage and immediately replaced by something absolutely different. There is total noise, chaos, turmoil – just to morph into a part which is dominated by an almost traditional brass section part. To confuse the listener even more “Enter Part Three” begins like a test arrangement for new music, like a mad chamber orchestra which tries to defend itself against the massive orchestra arrangements by which it is attacked from the background. Sun Ra would have enjoyed this, the unpredictability, the abruptness, the stoic bass lines, the barrage of the reeds. Finally, this kaleidoscope of atmospheres, rhythms, quotations, textures and dynamics is completed by a back reference: “Enter Part Four” uses the same riff as “Enter Part One” – the band rides into the sunset with us.

“Enter” is an excellent follow up for “Exit”, even if it is not as surprising. It will be interesting if Fire! will continue this project.

In contrast to “The Wire”: Hardly ever have I actively liked an album so much.


Fire! Orchestra soon in london…..soon in skopje…. soon in stockholm….. soon in …


philip clark… we are coming to get you…

new solo adventures on lathe cut

Aug.02, 2014

strictly limited to 33 copies… special promotion special from utech records