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Tue 18 Jan 2011, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Whammy Bar, St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General admission : $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: drew

Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Vitamin S and the Frederick St Sound and Light Exploration Society present from Scandinavia the great extreme energy free, jazz punk cosmic mind-altering power trio The Thing!
Featuring saxophonist of the century Mats Gustafsson from Sweden, with Norway's finest Ingebrigt Haken Flaten on double bass, and the extraordinary Paal Nilssen-Love on drums. Fire music from the north!
Aotearoa New Zealand Tour 2011:
Mats Gustafsson is Sweden’s and one of Europe’s biggest names on the free music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as a very powerful saxophonist, and has reinvented the way of playing the saxophone. Gustafsson has collaborated with many of the most adventurous musicians in the universe including Sonic Youth, Yamatsuka Eye (the Boredoms), Otomo Yoshihide, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lovens and Hamid Drake.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Their long time collaboration began in 1992 and they perform together in many groups including School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.

The Thing also performs with Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O`Rourke, Thurston Moore and Cato Salsa Experience.

Only once in a great while does a group of musicians come along with an inherent discipline that dares to question the realm between the known and the unknown. Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love of the Scandinavian Power Trio, "The Thing," provide a language so determined in its musical complexity, boundaries literally and figuratively disappear.

Each one of these extraordinary musicians has redefined their own given instrument with an exceptional ability to transform life into art with burning clarity.

If you miss this rare opportunity to hear some of the hottest musicians in the world you are a dick!


Tues 18 Jan
The Thing plus local support.
The Whammy Bar
St Kevins Arcade
Karangahape Rd
Doors 8pm


Thurs 20 Jan
The Thing plus local support
118 Tory St
Te Aro
Doors 8pm

Fri 21 Jan
The thing in collaboration with Jeff Henderson, Daniel Beban, Hermione Johnson, Anthony Donaldson and others.
46 Frederick St
Te Aro
Doors 8pm

Plus workshops with The Thing! Come and meet, talk and play with The Thing!

Wine Cellar Back Room
Wed 19 Jan, 12pm

Fri 21 Jan, 12pm

Restaurants to book near The Thing