Monday 15 May 2017, 7.30pm
A rare treat in the form of a debut OTO outing for the double-keys, improvising duo of Mattias Risberg and Pat Thomas.
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
Mattias is a musician/composer with piano/keyboards as maininstrument. He is an educated composer, improviser and teacher from Royal college of music in Stockholm.
“I have a passion for old soulful instruments like mellotron, hammond, analog synts, pipeorgans etc.
My field is primarily jazz, impro, artrock, contemporary and I love to cross borders to other artforms.
I have my own band ‘Ritualia’ and are playing in some other constellations, like Yun Kan 10 and tAKT & tON, bands that includes some of Swedens most prominent impro-musicians.
Some of my inspirations: Hermann Hesse, Tony Banks, Adyashanti, Jan Johansson, J S Bach, pilsner Urquell, Maurice Ravel, Bill Evans, Willy Kyrklund, Toscana, John Coltrane, Bo Hansson, John Lennon, Buddha, Frank Zappa, Paul Klee, Eddie Izzard, real Ale, ungespundet, old England, Gandhi, Stravinskij, Olivier Messiaen, Karl-Ove Knausgård, James Joyce, Helene Schjerfbeck, wienerschnitzel, Peter Gabriel, Prague, Eric Dolphy, Magma, Paul Bley, Gesualdo, Bamberg, Glenn Gould, yoga.”