29th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2016

Fire! Orchestra


Sofia Jernberg - voice
Anna Lindal - violin
Leo Svensson - cello
Josefin Runsteen – violin, percussion and voice
Katt Hernandez – violin
Per Texas Johansson - clarinets
Christer Bothén- clarinets
Isak Hedtjärn – Bb clarinet
Alexander Zethson - piano
Susana Santos Silva - trumpet
Mats Gustafsson - baritone sax
Johan Berthling - basses
Andreas Werliin – drums
Mikael Werliin – sound

Late one night by the end of 2011 Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin got the crazy idea of expanding their trio Fire! into a 28-piece orchestra, inviting their Swedish friends from the worlds of jazz, improv and rock. In January 2012 “Exit!” was recorded in front of an over enthusiastic audience at the headquarters of Fylkingen, the legendary Stockholm avant garde music centre.

In the two following winters musicians and gear were gathered in two big buses, to tour Scandinavia. The orchestra also played festivals and venues in the rest of Europe. (Roskilde, Skopje, Berlin jazzfest ao)

Nothing could have quite prepared the audience for the group’s extraordinary dynamism, creativity and sheer sledgehammer impact. (Londonjazznews)

The second album ‘Enter’ was released in 2014, ranking high on many ‘best of’ lists of rock- and jazz press alike. Both albums plus the LP ‘Second Exit’ are on Rune Grammofon.

“Enter” is 21st century big band jazz at its most brain-spinning, moving from Motorpsycho second-line metal dischord to stealth-blues space jazz opera, designed to punch all preconceptions up the bracket. (Mojo, UK) 

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