The Thing – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – March 21st, 2018
The Thing

The Thing

Wed, March 21, 2018

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 18 and over

The Thing
The Thing
Mixing jazz with noise, avant-rock and punk, the music of The Thing has been described as ‘garage-jazz’ and ‘impro-punk’. The band, from Norway and Sweden, was established in the spring of 2000 and has grown into one of the most successful and hardest working free jazz trio’s around, traveling all over the world. They have performed with guests such as Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Neneh Cherry and James ‘Blood’ Ulmer.
In the fall of 2015 they will release a new studio album.

Mats Gustafsson - saxophones
Ingebrigkt Haker Flaten - bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums

The Thing (…) have returned to their stripped-down, raucous core sound on Boot! The album opens with a version of John Coltrane’s “India” that’s primitive in the best possible way: the original’s hypnotic, mantra-like saxophone line becomes, through Mats Gustafsson’s efforts, a blustery cross between a military fanfare and the cry of some enraged ape. Behind him, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love batter their instruments in a manner more akin to garage rock than free jazz. This is The Thing’s modus operandi, unchanged since their emergence in the 1990s.
(Phil Freeman, The Wire)
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618