fire and ice
HAMILTON ARTISTS INC.
155 James St. N.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Mars Williams (Chicago) — saxophones
Kent Kessler (Chicago) — contrabass
Paal Nilssen-Love (Oslo) — drums
Chicago fire music… courtesy of this prolific powerhouse trio, carrying among them a Grammy nomination and decades of experience with some of the top ensembles in the world. Free-jazz fire meets punk energy, plus great improvisational momentum results in a huge, distinctive sound, that can only be honed by years of playing, touring and recording with one another in various settings and with some of the greatest players anywhere!
Norwegian phenom Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself over the last decade as one of the most important voices in improvised music from his generation. A powerful drummer of unbounded energy, he shows an ongoing ability to break physical and musical boundaries on his continual hunt for new collaborations and experiences. Currently, Nilssen-Love is active with musicians such as Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, Sten Sandell, Otomo Yoshihide and Frode Gjerstad.
Bassist Kent Kessler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, grew up mostly in Chicago, became better known as a frequent bandmate of Ken Vandermark. He has kept the trans-Atlantic connection by playing in groups led by Georg Graewe, Peter Brötzmann and Daniele D’Agaro, and performing with many other European improvisors. Kent has a solo CD on Okkadisk, “Bull Fiddle,” and appears on dozens of other recordings.
Saxophonist Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. Mars has played and / or recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, MC5, and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene. Mars has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, Full Blast, Scorch Trio, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale. John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn… Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.” In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul.