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Monday, December 10, 2018 | 8-11pm
Fire Museum Presents: Frode Gjerstad Trio & Jarrett Gilgore Quartet

Fire Museum Presents: Frode Gjerstad Trio & Jarrett Gilgore Quartet

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 8-11pm

$10 – $12 sliding scale | Tickets & Additional Info

About the Line Up

Frode Gjestad Trio

Frode Gjerstad: alto sax and clarinet
Jon Rune Strøm: acoustic bass
Øyvind Storesund: acoustic bass
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums

The FG Trio started in 1998. Øyvind played with us until 2007 when he joined the rock band Kaizers Orchestra which was very successful. Jon Rune joined us in 2010. In between, we tried several bassists. Since then we have released a few recordings, toured all over the world, including Europe, North and South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and are continuously planning new tours and seeking untouched territories.

Gjerstad and Nilssen-Love´s collaboration goes back to 1992 when Frode formed Circulasione Totale Orchestra together with a rock band plus Paal as a second drummer. Since then, they have worked together in various settings as duo, trios and quartets. CD/LP releases include a handful of 25 titles with various collaborations.

Since the formation of this particular trio, there are a total of 13 CDs released, both live concerts and studio recordings. Latest release is “Bop Stop”, a live recording from September 2017 with Steve Swell, released on Clean Feed records.

The trio’s music is free improvised and has its roots in the free-jazz tradition. The trio enjoys a high level of energy but with strong dynamics and rapid contrasts. The trio has developed a sound of it´s own and has it´s strength from many years of experience as a working group. The trio also collaborates with trombonist Steve Swell as a guest.

Frode Gjerstad has for many years declared his enthusiasm towards small line-ups, and especially trio. With over 100 recordings as a leader he has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene. His trios have included strong drummers and bass players such as John Stevens, Hamid Drake, Rashied Bakr, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter and William Parker.

Øyvind Storesund has also played with Cloroform, a trio mixing rock and free forms,he has also played with Brøtzmann, Veryan Weston, John Butcher, Sten Sandell and of cause the rockband Kaizers Orchestra with whom he has also toured Europe several times.

Jon Rune Strøm has emerged the Norwegian scene as a bassplayer with extremely high energy and stamina. Taking inspiration from William Parker, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller, he represents a new generation of Norwegian bass players. He is also a regular member of bands like Saka, All Included, Friends and Neighbours and Paal´s large ensemble Large Unit.

Paal Nilssen-Love is Norway’s most active drummers and has established himself as a powerful and a most dynamic musician through regular groups with Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann and Terrie Ex amongst others.

Jarrett Gilgore Quartet
Jarrett Gilgore is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland. He primarily plays saxophone. He performs actively in the U.S.A. and internationally in a wide variety of contexts.

New projects in 2017 include duos with Anthony Pirog, Anna RG, and Baltimore poet, Anna K Crooks, and a new trio with Zach Rowden and Ian McColm. He is a member of Heart of the Ghost with Luke Stewart and Ian McColm, Triage, Anthony Pirog’s Body Puzzle, Xenga. Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Chris Pumphrey Sextet, Jaimie Branch’s Bombshelter.

Dan Blacksberg
Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and a rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.

Matt Engle
Matt Engle has been an active member of the Philadelphia creative and improvised music scene for over 15 years. He has performed with the Dan Blacksberg Trio, Bobby Zankel small group, Sonic Liberation Front and many others.

Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music: “What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages.” –

About Fire Museum Presents

“Since arriving in Philadelphia, Fire Museum Presents has provided an essential resource for open-eared local audiences. Guided by founder Steven Tobin’s impeccable taste and adventurous spirit, the series has brought cutting-edge artists spanning diverse genres to the city, from legendary avant-gardists to up-and-coming envelope-pushers. Fire Museum’s offerings have ranged from free jazz to electronic noise, American Primitive folk to world music fusions, experimental rock to progressive psychedelia, often bleeding over from one hybrid genre to the next. With bills that regularly offer unexpected pairings and often result in spontaneous collaborations, the mere fact that a concert is being presented by Fire Museum is usually sufficient to guarantee that it merits notice.” – Shaun Brady

Please note that the main passenger elevator at the 319 N. 11th building is currently being replaced and that we lack main entryway elevator services to our venue on the third floor. While under usual circumstances we can provide a mobile-ramp for wheelchair entry into the building, our ramp does not accommodate the back stairwell leading to the freight elevator. Individuals in wheelchairs or needing elevator service should contact Vox Populi ahead of their arrival to discuss potential alternatives: 215-238-1236 /

Fire Museum Presents: Frode Gjerstad Trio & Jarrett Gilgore Quartet
December 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
December 10, 2018 @ 11:00 pm