Painted Pillars //

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Recording location: 
Artacts `17 - St. Johann in Tirol, Austria
Recording date: 
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Artwork design: 
Lasse Marhaug
Mastering engineer: 
Charles Wienand
Mixing engineer: 
Charles Wienand
Tollef Østvang
Stone Floor Records
Mars Williams
Recording engineer: 
Michael Obernauer
  • 1. Mental Chaos (06:52)
  • 2. Painted Pillars (17:48)
  • 3. Wandering Eyes (14:48)

Mars Williams/Tollef Østvang - Painted Pillars
Mars Williams - saxophones and toy instruments
Tollef Østvang - drums and percussion

Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, he is an active collaborator with improvisers such as Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, Kent Kessler, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen-Love.

Norwegian drummer Tollef Østvang is a key figure in Trondheim's jazz environment, and has established himself in recent years as an active musician at home and abroad. He collaborates frequently with improvisers like Joe McPhee, John Dikeman and Martin Küchen. Over the past few years he has established a close connection to the Chicago scene.

In Spring 2017, they teamed up for a series of shows in the US, EU & Scandinavia. Here captured on the live recording “Painted Pillars”, from Artacts ‘17 in St. Johann, Austria.

This collaboration is a powerful, spontaneous and unpredictable duo constantly searching for new and unheard musical landscapes.