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julij 17 23:00
saturday, july 17, at 11 pm
Martin Küchen (alto saxophone), Goran Kajfes, Magnus Broo (trumpet), Mats Äleklint (trombone), Torbjörn Zetterberg (double bass), Johan Graden (piano), Mattias Ståhl (vibraphone), Konrad Agnas (drums)
The ensemble, which brought together some of the best Swedish jazzers, began in 2007 as a sextet (they performed at Jazz Cerkno 2010), eventually increasing the number of its members (even to a ten-member version). Band leader Martin Küchen (Exploding Customer, Trespass Trio, All Included, etc.) draws on American jazz and blues, European freestyle jazz, and traditional music from the Balkans, Africa and Sweden. Due to the skilful juxtaposition of traditional music elements, the swinging sound of older jazz ensembles and occasional avant-garde inserts, the ensemble’s music is distinguished by feelings of elation and solemnity. “It is exhilarating, shiver-inducing music, but with a contemplative and spiritual thread passing through it.” (Antonio Poscic, The Free Jazz Collective)
Martin Küchen envisioned the Angles as a modern small big band that is equally influenced by jazz history and modern approaches. The Swedish saxophonist’s songs and albums bear titles that reflect his social and political awareness (Every Woman is a Tree, Let’s Talk About The Weather (And Not About The War), Peace Is Not For Us, Equality & Death (Mothers, Fathers, Where Are Ye?)). In keeping with his interest in war hotspots, he incorporates fragments of traditional music from Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East into some of his compositions. Because of this, the ensemble is compared to historical English and American large ensembles, such as South African-British Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (the mix between the composed and the improvised, and also the African references), Jazz Composers Orchestra by pianist Carla Bley (the vivacity and the ability to make sudden changes) or Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra (the political element), but with fundamental updates and additions, going from the use of the typical energy of rock to Swedish folk motives, and the kind of party sense you only find in the Balkan region of Europe. In 2019, the band published two albums, Beyond Us (Clean Feed) and Today Is Better Than Tomorrow (Underflow Records), on which one side of the album is signed by Angles 9 and the other by Angles 10, as they added another drummer, Kjell Nordeson, to the nonet.