Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre
The European free improvising quartet Santos Silva / Wodrascka / Meaas Svendsen / Berre first met at Café MIR in Oslo for an ad-hoc concert during the Blow Out! festival in August 2015. This first musical meeting turned out to be a great success, so it was decided on the spot that this ensemble should continue to play together. The debut LP “Rasengan!” is the result of this evening, documented on a 36 min long live LP.
The quartet consists of four improvising musicians with very different backgrounds. The Portuguese trumpet player Susana Santos Silva is based in Porto and is a part of two of her country’s most interesting ensembles, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos and Coreto Porta-Jazz. She is also active in Scandinavia, mostly together with a Swedish bassist Thorbjörn Zetterberg. Pianist Christine Wodrascka lives in Provence in France, where she works with a variety of genre-crossing projects from performance and poetry to participation in the 40-piece improvisation ensemble Fabrique d'Improvisation Libre. Norwegian Christian Meaas Svendsen is a bassist who’s gaining more and more attention across Europe. Among other things, he’s active with bands like Mopti and Duplex. Not to forget, he also represents the young generation in Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit. Håkon Berre, originally from Norway but living in Copenhagen, has established himself as one of the most interesting young drummers on the Danish scene for improvised music. Håkon’s inventive and energetic drumming has taken him to clubs and festivals all over the world in collaboration with artists like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dorner, Liudas Mockunas and Peter Friis-Nielsen.