Mats Gustafsson

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Recording Artist and Performing Artist

Born in Umeå, Sweden 1964. Flute studies, keyboard mistreatments and activities in jazz-rock and punk units in Umeå in early 80`s. Started playing improvised music with drummer Kjell Nordeson in 1982, with whom he started AALY Trio in 1986. Performances/ happenings with visual artist Edward G. Jarvis from 1984-.

Moved to Stockholm in 1985. Early collaborations with Dror Feiler, Jörgen Adolfsson, Christian Munthe and Sten Sandell & Raymond Strid with whom he started GUSH in 1988
Started collaborate with German drummer Paul Lovens in 1990 and has since then worked extensively as duo, trio, quartet and large ensemble (NU-ensemblen).

Early international collaborations with Derek Bailey (1988-), Sven -Åke Johansson (1989-) Per Henrik Wallin (1990-) Günter Christmann (1991-) Jim O ‘Rourke (1990-) a.o. First trip to the US in 1988. First meetings with Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, David Grubbs, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg Holm... in Chicago 1994. Member of the Peter Brötzmann Tentet since 1997.

Diskaholics Anonymous Trio w. Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke started in 2000 ...
Member of Barry Guy New Orchestra since its start in 2000. Formed The Thing with Norwegians Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten in 2000 ... Frequent collaborators to The Thing is Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Thurston Moore, Zu, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O` Rourke and Norwegian hard-core-combo Cato Salsa Experience
Frequent collaborator of Sonic Youth since 2000, recordings, concerts, festivals.

latest new groups: FIRE! with Johan Berthling and Andreas Weerliin & SWEDISH AZZ!
Silence projects with a.o. Guy Picciotto, Ikue Mori, Caspar Brötzmann, DJ Olive, Thurston Moore, Terrie Ex, Jim O'Rourke, Han Bennink, Tim Barnes, Massimo Zu, Paal Nilssen-Love, Dror Feiler, Johan Berthling, Yoshimi... different combinations with musicians and sound artists focusing on creative improvised noise and alternative rock-music.

Lives in a white old stone house outside Gärsnäs, Scania, Sweden and in 18e bezirk, Vienna, Austria. Received the Swedish Royal Academy of Music Large Prize of Jazz in 2004, Voted best jazz artist of the year in Sweden 2000 and 2008. Recieved Expressen´s Spelmannen Prize in 2004. Guest of Honor at the Umeå Jazz festival in 2008.

Major features in JazzTimes (USA), The Wire(UK), All About Jazz (USA) , Sonic(DE), Jazznytt (NO), Lira, Chicago Tribune(USA), Expressen, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Sonic, Aftonbladet, GP, VK, VF, Dagbladet (NO), Helsingin Saangomaat(FI) ... and in Orkester Journalen in 2011...
Essential & Selective Discography (complete discography includes over 140 titles)