Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden. Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU – ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia. Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.
"A portion of sales will benefit Fendika Cultural Center and Catalytic Sound. At Fendika Cultural Center, we celebrate and renew Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage. We welcome all creative souls; through exchange of music, dance, art, and poetry, we meditate on humanity’s one-ness, and pray for a peaceful world."
I Wonder If I Was Screaming
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark
"" I Wonder If I Was Screaming continued AALY's string of excellent releases and helped cement their reputation as one of the very best working ensembles at the turn of the century." -Brian Olewnick, AllMusic"
Breakin The Lab!
Agustí Fernández, Mats Gustafsson, Ramon Prats
"In April of 2013, Agustí Fernández gave a series of concerts at what could be considered the most vital jazz venue in Barcelona, the Jamboree Jazz Club. During a residence that lasted over a month, he invited some of the best improvisers from near and far to participate in the Agustí Fernández Lab Sessions; documented herein we have the session with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson guesting (performing for the first time in Jamboree, curiously enough) alongside Catalan drummer Ramon Prats for what is both an insightful chronicle of the city's improvisational milieu and a keen recording of a kinetic and compelling performance."
Anders Jormin / Christian Jormin / Mats Gustafsson
"Recorded at Bohus Sound Recording May 1996 and mixed at Orca Musicproduktion June 1996 it follows the encounter of Mats Gustafsson with Anders and Christian Jormin."
You Forget to Answer
Barry Guy / Mats Gustafsson / Raymond Strid
""... Together their Maya date is a whirlwind of activity; sounds rattle and moan in a fog of urgent details. Their lightning-quick attacks provoke a firestorm of spontaneous devlopment and continual realignment. The excitement is palpable." —Art Lange"
Radio Rondo / Schaffhausen Concert
Barry Guy London Jazz Composers Orchestra feat Irene Schweizer
""After her riveting prelude-like solo, Schweizer applied her pan-stylistic approach to Guy’s challenging, playerempowering score. Though Guy retained the form’s traditional utility as a soloist’s showcase on “Radio Rondo,” he expanded the scope of the rondo’s back and forth to feature Schweizer in several subgroupings – a pummeling quintet passage with Guy, bassist Barre Phillips, and drummers Paul Lytton and Lucas Niggli – as well as encounters with the full force of the 17-piece contingent. A magisterial theme set up the piece’s final tutti blast.”"
Barry Guy New Orchestra
"Four years after the successful debut album Inscape-Tableux, Barry Guy and his New Orchestra present their second release, Oort-Entropy. – The first CD was a success at first go. The French magazine Jazzman placed it among its records of the year in 2001 (“a scalpel from the first second”); the Canadian jazz magazine Coda put Barry Guy’s New Orchestra on the title page, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung called the release “a masterpiece looking toward the future.” The Taktlos Festival 2004 in Zurich saw and heard the premiere of Barry Guy’s second composition for the Barry Guy New Orchestra, the three-part work “Oort-Entropy.” What has characterized Barry Guy’s orchestral works is also found in “Oort-Entropy”: the tension-filled interlocking of written passages and improvised highlights of the band members including Evan Parker, Mats Gustaffson, Herb Robertson or the Spanish pianist Agustí Fernández. That Barry Guy has created another masterpiece with “Oort-Entropy” is described by the Canadian jazz critic Greg Buium, who enthusiastically writes in his liner notes of “the tug between order and clutter, tenderness and brute strength, lyricism and discord.”"
Inscape - Tableaux
Barry Guy New Orchestra
"There are so many levels on which this magnificent set of performances led and orchestrated by bassist Barry Guy can be appreciated. What he calls his New Orchestra is essentially a pared down version of his larger London Composers Jazz Orchestra, but this smaller group is no less potent or any less convincing. For one thing, there is Guy's brilliant writing, which permits the players - and these include some of the cream of the European jazz avant-garde - to flourish through individual solo contributions wrapped around kernels and flashes of magical insights. Saxophonists Mats Gustafsson and Evan Parker exemplify the high level of improvisation, but there is a wealth of talent everywhere, including pianist Marilyn Crispell, trumpeter Herb Robertson, and trombonist Johannes Bauer. At heart, Guy is a landscape artist who paints broadly and passionately, but who pays careful attention to details. His own voice on bass is heard here more than with his larger conglomerations - an additional treat. In the end, it is the broad strokes, the vision, the grandeur that most impress. A magnificent achievement. -Steven A. Loewy . All Music Guide, March 2001"
Mad Dogs On The Loose
Barry Guy New Orchestra: Small Formations
"Recorded during the 7th Krakow Jazz Autumn Festival. Alchemia, Kraków, Poland (November 21-22 2012) Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax] - Trevor Watts / Baritone Saxophone [Baritone Sax], Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax], Reeds [Fluteophone] - Mats Gustafsson / Bass - Barry Guy / Percussion - Paul Lytton, Raymond Strid / Piano - Agustí Fernández / Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax], Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax] - Evan Parker / Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax], Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax], Clarinet [Clarinets] - Hans Koch / Trombone - Johannes Bauer / Trumpet - Herb Robertson / Tuba - Per-Åke Holmlander / Violin [Baroque Violin] - Maya Homburger."