Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.
"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." - The Jazzmann
photo by Fabio Lugaro.
Julia Reidy is a guitarist, improvisor and composer originally from Australia and now resident in Berlin. Reidy has played and studied with many of free improvisation’s finest — Jon Rose, Richard Scott, Anthony Pateras, and the Neck’s Tony Buck.
Festen — the quartet of Lisa Ullén, Isak Hedtjärn, Eric Carlsson and Elsa Bergman — offer a renewed perspective of what we call free jazz, fed by reminiscences coming from every sort of contemporary, new and experimental music. Acoustic, raw and spontaneous, Festen’s art is hyperactive, bright and very affirmative, simultaneously heavy and fragile, visceral and subtle, capable either of a big impact or taking you to a microscopic world of intricate details.
Isak Hedtjärn — clarinet
Lisa Ullén — piano
Elsa Bergman — double bass
Erik Carlsson — drums