Mats Gustafsson is a Swedish reed player, improviser, composer and a stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene. His extended saxophone techniques draw equally from the fiery free jazz blowing tradition and the European microtonal school. His hundreds of albums - either as a leader, in groups (Gush, Fire!, Fire Orchestra, Swedish Azz, The Thing), or his many collaborations - showcase an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, blues, the vanguard classical tradition, folk and even popular song, as well as a curator's gift for concept, while a canny feel for the idiosyncrasies of his musical partners has established his golden reputation as a highly sought-after collaborator. He has recorded and toured with an astonishing variety of players including Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Derek Bailey, Neneh Cherry, Evan Parker, Jim O´Rourke, The Ex, and Tomeka Reid. His “Mouth Eating Trees and Related Activities” (1992) with Barry Guy and Paul Lovens is widely recognized as an avant-jazz essential. His solo saxophone albums such as 2008's “Mats G Plays Duke E” and 2012's “Bengt” reveal the poles of his knowledge and interest, while 2015's “Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper” with Thurston Moore, Merzbow, and Balazs Pandi, showcases an improvisational aesthetic that embraces rock, even as 2018's “Timeless”, a duo set with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, focuses on the intimacies of extended harmonics in near melodic language. At the invitation of 40. Skopje Jazz Festival, Mats Gustafsson will perform a special jubilee solo concert.
20 October National Opera and Ballet, 20:00 NOB, 20:00