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Mats Gustafsson during a concert in 2010
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Mats Olof Gustafsson (born on 29 October 1964 in Umeå, Sweden) is a Swedish saxophone player and a stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene. He is known for his tonal belligerence and intensity when improvising.
He first came to the attention of lovers of improvised music as part of a duo with Christian Munthe (started in 1986), as member of Gunter Christmann's Vario project and the band Gush (started in 1988). He has later played widely with musicians such as Gunter Christmann, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Yoshimi P-We, Derek Bailey, Magnus Broo, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O'Rourke, Thomas Lehn, Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, Zu, The Ex and Sonic Youth.
Since the early 1990s Gustafsson has been a regular visitor to the United States, forming a particular affinity with Chicago musicians such as Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang and Ken Vandermark and recording for the city's OkkaDisk label. This resulted in a more traditional "free jazz" style in contrast to his innovative early work with European improvising musicians.
In addition to projects with musicians, Gustafsson has worked extensively with artists from the worlds of dance, theatre, poetry and painting.
- Gunter Christmann
- Barry Guy
- Paul Lovens
- Raymond Strid
- Kjell Nordeson
- Paal Nilssen-Love
- Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
- Joe McPhee
- Ken Vandermark
- Mademoiselle Karen
- Sonic Youth on Hidros 3 (To Patti Smith) and SYR8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth
- Zu on How To Raise an Ox
- Colin Stetson on Stones
Gustafsson curated the Perspectives festivals in Västerås, Sweden in 2004, 2007 and 2009. This festival of musical improvisation is noted for its cross-genre character and creative atmosphere among musicians. The festival slogan for 2004 was "Fight Global Stupidity", 2007 "Fight Local Stupidity" and for 2009 it became "Fight (y)our stupidity".
Gustafsson was also joint curator of the 2010 Konfrontationen festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria.
- T. Millroth: “Aaly Trio,” Orkester journalen, lvi/4 (1988), 11 .
- M. Chaloin: “Mats Gustafsson,” Improjazz, no.19 (1995), 6.
- W. Montgomery: “Mats Gustafsson: Flow Motion,” Wire, no.164 (1997), 18.
- J. Hale: “Mats Gustafsson,” Coda, no.288 (1999), 17.
- http://www.mic.stim.se/engelsk/11/facts/gustafssonm.html (1999) (unavailable?)
- http://www.shef.ac.uk/misc/rec/ps/efi/mgustafs.html (1999) [incl. discography].
- J. Guthartz: discography and index of compositions (2000).
- http://www.matsgus.com/ The official Mats Gustafsson web page
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