ISAK HEDTJÄRN & DAVID STACKENÄS (SE)
clarinet & guitar/guimbri
Born in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden, improviser Isak Hedtjärn possesses a unique voice on the clarinet and is fast establishing himself as one of the strongest shining stars in the free jazz sky, whether he’s playing solo, in ad hoc constellations, in his own trio IH3 or with working groups Fire! Orchestra and the free jazz quartet Festen. In the last couple of years he has collaborated with musicians such as Magda Mayas, Phil Minton, Christine Abdelnour, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Kaja Draksler Lindha Kallerdahl, Raymond Strid.
Working in the field of contemporary jazz and free improvised music, David Stackenäs has developed a unique way of playing guitar – both prepared with different materials as well as conventional technique and a growing armada of pedals. With a wide range of sounds and techniques he creates music with great imagination and poetry. As a soloist he mainly focuses on acoustic guitars, using a lot of the organic sound- possibillities and timbres the instrument has to offer. He has toured extensively in Europe, the US, South America, Japan and the Middle East, playing with, among others: Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Lina Nyberg, Sofia Jernberg, Rhodri Davies, Paul Lovens, Axel Dörner, Sten Sandell, Thurston Moore, Mazen Kerbaj, Christine Abdelnour, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, Cecilia Persson, Jim O’Rourke, Tatsuya Nakatani.
ANNA & ELIZABETH (US)
guitar, banjo & vocals
The duo of Virginian singer Elizabeth LaPrelle and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Anna Roberts-Gevalt hold firm to the roots of American folk song, while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented. In a live context, Anna & Elizabeth seek to honestly channel the often cryptic and complex narratives of the songs they have collected, resisting cosy ’show and tell’ didacticism and instead drawing the audience into an impressionistic continuum of song, drone, sound collage and improvisation, often using hand-woven ’crankies’ to visually illustrate these rich, foreboding and eternal tales.
HEATHER LEIGH & JOHN HANNON (US/UK)
pedal steel guitar/vocals & violin/electronics
The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions.