Thursday, October 8th, 2015
The Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation present
The Thing: Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:00 pm doors and 7:30 pm concert, free admission, all ages welcome
Today we’ll equate our musical guests The Thing with the nascent version of Led Zeppelin. Close the tab or read on? Both outfits featured up and coming practioners that formed to execute a stated goal. Led Zeppelin’s- then The New Yardbirds- was to fulfill a contracted European tour for the just disintegrated The Yardbirds. The Thing were a year 2000 artist tribute project named after trumpeter Don Cherry’s 1966 composition. In both cases, we’ll argue that the chemistry was successful- evident with The Thing by looking at the group’s six hundred plus concerts and evolving artistic output. The Thing chose not to replicate or replace the singularity of Don Cherry’s utterly human via imperfect, technically dented brass techniques. They did, though, seem to channel exuberance of Cherry’s reed players of the mid-1960’s- Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri- by way of the emerging saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. By extension- this project trio took Cherry’s expanding World Music tells and the Free/Blues/Bebop extension of the trumpeter’s time in the Ornette Coleman Quartet on a further voyage. Gustafsson (Sweden), bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Norway) and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway), to the initiated and unknowing alike, add a hardy, Conquest-like, sonic crowding of an audience’s neural substrate of Personal Space.
Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and exploratory Scandanavian jazzers- the well-known Jan Garbarek and lesser-knowns such as Edward Vesala, Juhani Aaltonen and Jone Täkamaki– all extended the Energy adjunct of the 1960’s Free Jazz while exploring multiphonic Trance forms. By getting into The Thing’s Social Space (e.g.: Timucua white house on October 8th) that phenomena and influence of their aesthetic predecessors may become apparent. Recordings are calling cards. Concerts are ceremonies. Public, Social, Personal, Intimate- All One.
Substrate topic redux: If 1960’s and 1970’s Energy/Trance Jazz is the substrate, later underground and popular music have been the added catalytic compounds for new recording outcomes for this Scandanavian trio from 2001 to present day. Garage and Punk Rock, Electro-Punk. Hip Hop, Noise and Soul repertoire via Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Lightning Bolt and The White Stripes are on the trio’s records. The Thing have proven to be an adaptable, turnkey collaborating band in recent years. The trio backed Neneh Cherry’s (daughter of Don) sixteen-years hence solo comeback, The Cherry Thing, in 2012. Daughter Neneh was a teenaged Punk/Post-Punk member of The Slits, the category defying Rip Rig and Panic and became an international MTV-era star (Buffalo Stance, Manchild and Kisses On The Wind). The Cherry Thing features gritty, soulful versions of music torn from the disparate songbooks of The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman and Suicide. They have served a similar role in backing Thurston Moore in his post-Sonic Youth pursuits on a 2014 EP titled Live.
The Thing in Orlando is the terminal L’Anse aux Meadows of their eleven-date 2015 North American tour. Admission is free. Donations make these concerts real. Contact the cm5 Squad at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to become a Patron/Sponsor for this or other events.
Take part in the Timucua instant arts community created at each event by appearing willing – described by composer Anthony Braxton as the “friendly experiencer.” Timucua encourages a small plate dish and a bottle of wine for community distribution. We’ll see you there.