FRIM @ Rönnells #3
Johan Arrias/Elsa Bergman
Trevor Watts/John Edwards/Tollef Østvang

FRIM bjuder in till säsongens sista konsert på mysiga Rönnells Antikvariat. På programmet är två spännande konstellationer med både lokala och internationella stjärnor.

Birger Jarlsgatan 32
December 7
Dörrarna öppnar kl 18.30
Konsertstart: 19.00
150/100kr (medlem)

Johan Arrias – soprano saxophone Elsa Bergman – double bass

Johan Arrias and Elsa Bergman have played together as a duo for about two years. They work with improvisation in the free jazz tradition. What fascinate both of them is among other things how the sound of a soprano saxophone and a double bass when played with alternative techniques can get so close to each other that they almost become each other’s sounding reflection. At the same time, they create an often reckless music playing individual lines. But still there is an undeniable contemplative side in the middle of it all.

Johan Arrias is a saxophone and clarinet player active in the field of improvised, experimental and contemporary music. He works with deconstructing and fragmenting the traditional ways of playing his instrument with extended techniques and preparation, regarding sound as an autonomous matter. When composing music he moves freely from traditional to graphic notation and concepts. Occasionally he plays in alternative pop settings, mainly within projects of Sing a Song Fighter.

Elsa Bergman is a double bass player and composer in improvised music and free jazz based in Stockholm. Since 2017 she has been running Bergman Inspelningar for releasing her own music of different projects. Her most recent release is the album Playon Crayon which experiments with graphical scores and has received wide international acclaim.
Trevor Watts – saxophones 
John Edwards – double bass 
Tollef Østvang – drums

This trio is a collaboration between Norwegian drummer Tollef Østvang and two key figures in the British improvised music scene, John Edwards and Trevor Watts. The trio premiered as a commissioned work for the Motvind festival in Norway in 2022. 

Saxophonist Trevor Watts is one of the most important British jazz musicians of all time. In the 60s he founded the legendary and influential band Spontaneous Music Ensemble together with drummer John Stevens. Since his debut album with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in 1966, Watts has participated in over a hundred recordings and toured the world with musicians such as Steve Lacy, Bobby Bradford, his own bands such as Amalgam.

John Edwards is a highly sought-after bassists and can often be heard with legends such as Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Charles Gayle and Mulatu Astatke. His energetic and vital playing constitutes a key role in all the projects he participates in. 

Norwegian drummer Tollef Østvang is a key figure in Trondheim's jazz environment and has established himself in recent years as an active musician at home and abroad. He has collaborated frequently with improvisers like Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Jaimie Branch, Ben Lamar Gay, John Dikeman and Martin Küchen. He is also known from bands like Friends & Neighbors, Universal Indians, The Way Ahead and All Included.


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