SWEDISH AZZ – the return

Dec.01, 2021

SWEDISH AZZ is back!!!!!  …. in a slightly new version, exploring new pieces.

we havent given up on the swedish jazz tresure.  Old pieces from the legacy os Swedish jazz in updated versions.

first attempts:

10.12 – Sångbolaget, Stockholm, Sweden http://www.sangbolaget.se/hem-4/
11.12 – Teater Trixter, Göteborg, Sweden   https://feedback.facebook.com/events/1952410878265945/







Susana Santos Silva – trumpet

Mats Gustafsson – baritone sax and flute

Alexander Zethson – piano and keyboard

Dieb 13 – turntables

Per Åke Holmlander – drums and tuba




A new updated version of SWEDISH AZZ is back!

New instrumentation and new material. The same basic idea is intact though: to play swedish jazz from – primarily – the 50s and 60s, and to turn it into a contemporary setting and sound. To go deeper into the heritage of swedish jazz.

The world needs more swedish jazz… and it needs very likely to be delivered by SWEDISH AZZ.


SWEDISH AZZ started in 2008 and took a pause in 2015 to recharge the batteries and to find new material for a new setting. NOW IS THE TIME!


SWEDISH AZZ will now dive deep into wellknown and unknown pieces by Eje Thelin, Dick Gyllander, Lennart Åberg, Per Henrik Wallin, Börje Fredriksson and of course Lars Gullin… as well as others…

To treat the wonderful melodic lines of the swedish jazz in a respectful and loving way, by putting them in new situations, forms and structures. This is our goal and mission.


The swedish jazz legacy will be treated in an unusual instrumentation and approach of electronic and acoustic sounds mixed together.

We like to put the swedish jazz heritage in a contemporary situation and sound.

Why trying to repeat what was already done so well?  We prefer to listen to our heroes and sources of inspirations at home (on vinyl…) rather than hearing tame and watered down repititions being done live now. The quality and uniqueness of the materials of swedish jazz from the ”golden years” of the 50s and 60s are amazing and very creative to our ears. And we hope that by putting it in a contemporary and experimental setting that we will be able to make new (and old ) generations curious of swedish jazz… made back in the days… and made now… and for the future….




Dec.01, 2021


the beginning of it all…..


Mats Gustafsson (reeds and flutes), www.matsgus.com


Sten Sandell (piano), www.stensandell.com


Raymond Strid (drums) www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk



The members of GUSH are extremely well matched: the group includes three of the Swedish Improv scene´s leading performers, Mats Gustafsson (reeds), Sten Sandell (piano), Raymond Strid (drums). While essentially an example of trio improvising, the longest piece, ”Any warranty Of”, also offers the chance to hear Gustafsson and Sandell produce persuasive solo contributions…. Strids drumming is never less than brilliant fleet, yet somehow restrained, spacious, and alive with tiny metallic nuances. Authoritative collective improvising you cant afford to miss.” Chris Blackford, Wire Mag.


“Surprise is an element that keeps movement on edge, but there is something more. It comes in the way the three understand each other and how they pick up the mental thread that each unravels. Perhaps it comes from having been together since 1988. Yet, to their credit, time has not staled their impulses. Creativity is still ripe. And it is in that that their music bristles and stirs the senses.” All about Jazz


“Gush, a Swedish trio…There are of course many moments where the music is a delight, working at its highest level, serving if you will as an appetizer to other performances.” Coda Magazine



GUSH has collaborated with Sofia Jernberg, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Günther Christmann, Sven-Åke Johansson, Phil Wachsmann, Christine Abdelnour, Anders Nyqvist and much more….



International Festivals:

Ulrichberg Kaleidophon, Bochum Ruhr Jazz Festival Aachen Eurigo Tage ,Berlin Workshop Freie Musik, Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen ,Vancouver Jazz Festival ,

Tampere Jazz Happening, Festival Internacional de Novas Músicas, Guarda, Portugal


Selective recordings with GUSH: From Things To Sounds…. (Dragon DRCD 204, 1991) Gush med Sven-Åke Johansson, Tjo och Tjim (Dragon Rec DRLP 192,1991), Live at Fasching (DRCD 313, 1997) Gushwachs with Phil Wachsmann (Bead 002, 1997), Live in Tampere (Dragon 1999), Norrköping (ALP161CD, 2005)





Blow Out! Oslo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LKIVA7_lY

Live at Kaleidophon Ulrichsberg, Austria – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddPSxZaFZE






Nov.17, 2021

NOW it is happening! after years of planning —-  the new concept  of Fire! Orchestra is here!!!



world premiere in italy :

nov 20th padova

nov 21st area sismica, forli


Fire! Orchestra working with italian musicians extraordinaire and some member of the Fire! Orchestar Scandinavian  pool:

Mats Gustafsson – sassofoni
Johan Berthling – basso
Mads Forsby – batteria
Susana Santos Silva – tromba
Mats Äleklint – trombone
Anna Högberg – sax contralto
Mette Rasmussen – sax contralto
Zoe Pia – sassofoni, clarinet, launeddas
Gabriele Mitelli – tromba
Stefano Pilia – chitarra elettrica
Sara Ardizzoni – chitarra elettrica
Valeria Sturba – theremin, voce
Elio Martusciello – elettronica
Fabrizio Puglisi – tastiere
Jacopo Battaglia – batteria


Residenza Artistica FIRE! ORCHESTRA CBA





Oct.19, 2021


an honour and a pleasure —- and i cant wait to make it happen:

oct 20 – solo concert w broken reeds

oct 22 – moor mother project

oct 23 – NU MUSIC 4!


one of the best and most KICKING fests in the world!!!!


day 3 h




TOUR LIST updated.

Oct.19, 2021

a LOT going on at the moment…. the next bunch of gigs are listed here:




new releases, new commissions, new projects and an upcoming vinyl auction will make the fall and winter INTENSE!!!!!




discaholic interview on listening

Sep.30, 2021


a 9 month long interview(!) …. on LISTENING and related behaviours!!!!


check it out!   and check all the other articles out  —



new dates

Aug.01, 2021

new technique

so…. finally…. – it has been a while –  some live action will happen again….. check the new update of touring dates…. more will come….


soooooon live….. but , first some more recorded music

Jul.06, 2021




pandemic times created some amazing longdistance collaborations!

i was VERY happy to be invited by Jan St Werner and Kid Millions to join them!


and…..soon…. live shows…..w “Fire!”, “The End”, solo, with a new group “Nu Music 4” with Okay Temiz, Goran Kajfes & Christer Bothén, a trio with  Moor Mother,  “Fire! Orchestra CBA” and a duo w Andreas Røysum…. and more much more… waiting for  confirmations about travels and more….. the first tour schedule in 17 months will soon be up and running! see you all soon ////  peace & fire   //// mg




Jun.11, 2021

today is the date! today is the day – TILIQUA RARE RECORDS UPDATE!!!


leave everything else aside and DIVE DEEEP into it:


TILIQUA RECORDS MAIL ORDER – Stick your nose in the Speakers and get Frostbite.


May.18, 2021


MAY 18th.  8 PM , CET


directed by Haris Atajic

produced by Bogdan Benigar and acnkarjev dom

many cameras, many empty seats, many broken reeds… lot of saxophones and some flutes….