SpaceMonkey med Storløkken og Westerhus
The starting point for sPacemonKey is improvisation, dance-music and electronika somewhere in the span between free jazz and open Techno.
Two very busy and famous faces in Norwegian Jazz has created a platform for common interest for imprivised Jazz music.
Morten Qvenild is known from In The Country, The National Bank, Solveig Slettahjell Slow Motion Orchestra and Susanna and The Magical Orchestra.
In addition to noumerous creative projects of his own, Gard Nilssen is the drummer everyone wants to play with, wich will be illustrated by his Artist ikn Recidency at Moldejazz.
This time sPacemonKey challenges itself by pulling in two of the most exiting improvisational musicians of our time.
Guitarist Stian Westerhus is setting new standards for how this instrument should sound.
Ståle Storløkken expresses himself just as riveting on an organ as he does on a fingerpiano.
Gard tells us his co-musicians for this project are three of his favourite musicians, who each in their way are reasons to be doing music today.
Moldejazz will host the world premiere for the expanded version of sPacemonKey.
Gards tells us this about the background for the project:
I have alwaysd been facinated by different directions in jazz, and I have done many things within improvisation.
Some bands have stricter limits than others, as to how much is written and composed in preparation,
while some bands i have worked with, like Puma and sPacemonkey almost always have done concerts with no safety-net.
When Morten and I talked about who to invite, it was natural to ask two of the most original, ground-breaking and perceptive musicians whe know of.
Supersilent with Ståle Storløkken has always been my favourite band, while Stian and I have been touring the world for years with the trio Puma.
I think this combination of musicians can be deadly and very interresting. This is a dream come true for me.
Gard continues to say that this will be a concert with few limits and no safety-net.
There might be writen segments, but absulutely no longer partitures.
It will be an exploration of a world where the reckless and sometimes beautiful improvised music of sPacemonkey meets a
disjointed and sometimes clumpy and other times luscious and dansable rythmical world.
There will be sci-fi electronics, elpianos from the 70s, arrpeggio-synths, wild dynamics, drum-machines and drum-kits, friction,
flow, dirty bass, energy, darkness, joy and decay; it will be as if Bladerunner or Stranger Things is part of the orchestra.
With Storløkken og Westerhus, aspects we know from bands like Supersilent, Humcrush, Puma, Westerhus/Endresen og Elephant 9,
will expand sPacemonkeys improvisational and compositional world.
Gard Nilssen – drums, Morten Qvenild – keys, Ståle Storløkken – keys, Stian Westerhus - guitar