Monday, March 18th

Dear friends. After some considerations The Thing announces that we are taking a break. Change is in the air and change is the only certain thing in life. Right now we don’t know what the future of the band will bring but let us celebrate the past 20 years of joy and holy madness together.
Life and music will go on!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2019

Yesterday I was awarded Buddyprisen, the highest award given to Norwegian jazz musicians. I’m extremely honored by this acknowledgment and cannot even start to express enough how much this warms me!! THANK YOU!!!!! 

Read more about it here (In Norwegian only – sorry!)

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Atomic embarks on another US tour this week. Thanks to Bill Meyer and Chicago Reader for the great writeup! We’re ending the tour at Hungry Brain in Chicago on Saturday!

“Last year’s Pet Variations (Odin) is the band’s first album of tunes by outside composers, and while the choice to play pieces written by Jimmy Giuffre, Jan Garbarek, Olivier Messiaen and Brian Wilson, among others, shows their musical roots, the ways that they recast them suggest that Atomic are as good at finding hidden possibilities within someone else’s music as they are at creating their own; in 1964 Paul Bley played “Walking Woman,” which was written by his then-wife Carla Bley, as a frantic post-bebop pile-up, but Atomic eases the tempo and add just enough space to reveal the elegance of the tune’s design. The droning bass and gently insistent rhythm they add to Edgard Varèse’s “Un Grand Sommeil Noir” draws deep-blue tragedy out of an already mournful melody. And they transform the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” from a scrap of fey psychedelia into a brawny, swinging anthem.”

Read the full review here!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

After more or less 4 months on the road, after crossing several continents, countries, back to back tours, festivals, recordings and loads of inspiring musical moments, I’m happy to say I’m on the buss from Trondheim to Oppdal to celebrate the first Christmas in about 15 years in my hometown with my dear mother and sister, feeling a bit like STOMPERUD if you know what I mean?

But before the holidays set in with full force I am going to play ONE more concert, my last chance to play music in front of a crowd in 2018! This will be going down at the Oppdal Church on Thursday night together with a small group of amazing local musicians where we will be interpreting hymns and folk songs. Many of these hymns were coming out from our village and I arranged and collected them on an album last year called Village Songs ‘Den Signede Dag’, it’s been one of my dearest projects over the last years, and a release I’m very proud of!

Thanks to Gunvor Fagerhaug for being the main inspiration and voice behind this and for again putting us together to pay some respect to this enormously rich tradition coming from the place I was born and raised.

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

OSLO! Dette er ikke hverdagskost, kom på Blå i kveld og hør Starlite Motel!! Første gig på Europaturne, og med orgel maestro Jamie Saft (kjent fra John Zorn, Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Iggy Pop + en haug andre), backet opp av selveste Gard Nilssen, Kristoffer Alberts og meg selv kommer dette til å bli stor stas! Ta fri fra julebordet og ta turen da, vi trenger dere OG DERE TRENGER DEFFINITIVT OSS!!!!!!

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Some live footage from last nights show after two most inspiring days with Krokofant and the incredible Ståle Storløkken in Kongsberg and Oslo!!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Oslo folk, Atomic spiller på Blå i morra kveld. Ny plate og turne start, kom og fest med oss!!!!!!

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Tonite at Nato in Leipzig, a first time duo with John Edwards and a quintet performance with Elan Pauer, John Dikeman, Christian Lillinger, John Edwards and myself!!!

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Coming soon! Atomic Pet Variations on ODIN and European tour!

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Starting off a European tour with The Thing today!!

19 Oct – Le Vecteur, Charleroi, BE
20 Oct – Het Bos/Oorstof, Antwerp, BE
21 Oct – Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK
25 Oct – Blå, Oslo, NO (with Cato Salsa and Joe McPhee)
26 Oct – Nødutgangfestivalen, Bodø, NO
27 Oct – Jazz and Wine Festival, Vila Vipolźe, Dobrovo, SL
28 Oct – Belgrade Jazz Festival, Belgrade, Serbia

Fredag, October 5th, 2018

Har vært så heldig å få være vikar med fantastiske Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity på en liten norges turne denne uka, det har vært veldig veldig morro, vi har spilt på Union Scene i Drammen og Gjøvik Jazzforum, og i kveld spiller vi siste jobb på Spor 5/Stavanger jazzforum!! Topp stemning!!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

So proud of this album that just got released on Moserobie!!!

“Magnus Broo comes out as completely genuine” – Dagens Nyheter/SE
“The three musicians have really found each other in this trio, and the result is a wonderful recording of three real professionals within the jazz, as “Rules” goes a completely different way than we had imagined. Masterful!” – Salt Peanuts
“This is really fun, but also restrained music, and they are able to add to these elaborate classic songs just exactly the spark they need! It makes us wanna eat meat and drink booze! Herring and Snaps! All of life’s delights. Perfectly portioned!” – Jazz i Norge
“Broo’s always had a depth of tone that’s really classic – and his approach here is wonderful, as he doesn’t just echo familiar modes with the songs, but instead uses them as these compelling showcases for his unusual phrasing – thanks to a trio setting that features the great Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Hakon Mjaset Johanson on drums. If you’re just expecting a set of ballads and easygoing jazz, then think again” – Dusty Groove

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

I wanna thank everyone who performed, volunteered, and came out to the last Sonic Transmissions Presents event this season! It was an incredible inspiring night of diverse music that underlined exactly what this festival is all about!! Gordon Grdina, Anagram, Jonathan F Horne Quintet, Shit and Shine, Matt Lux Communication Arts Quartet and Moor Mother all delivered amazing performances!!!!!!

Super humbled by the commitment from all the artists and the positive energy and support from the audience I continue to trust and believe we’re building something important for the Austin music community. Next year is already under planning so stay put for more on that soon. A special thanks goes out to Nathan Cross, Danae Silva, Richard Lynn, Self Sabotage Records, Astral Spirits, Epistrophy Arts and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division!!!!!

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The Young Mothers embark upon our tour of Texas starting next week. This will be an epic four days.

– Austin-Tuesday September 18th at Beerland w/ Little Mazarn & Food Group
– Dallas- Wednesday September 19th at Club Dada w/ Starfruit & Tornup
– Ft. Worth- Thursday September 20th at Lola’s w/ Wire Nest Quintet & Stumptone
– Houston- Friday September 21st at Rockefeller’s w/ Konk Pack & Morning Scales the Mountain

Friday, September 14th, 2018

One year ago, Pedro Moreno and I invited the amazing Carmelo Torres y sus Toscos from Colombia to play my festival Sonic Transmissions in Austin. They played for elementary school kids, and college students and gave us an amazing concert. It was one of the most challenging and difficult things to put on (bureaucracy,etc.) but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences in years of presenting music in Austin. I am so happy to that I got to know these musicians and to connect with the wonderful creative community in Bogota. Thanks to Pedro for the experience! and to Maestro Carmelo Torres, Santiago Botero, Juan David Castaño, Pedro Ojeda, Enrique Mendoza, Mario Galeano Toro for the music and friendship! Que viva la Cumbia Sabanera!!!

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Tonite is the night! It’s the last installment of the Sonic Transmissions Presents series this year and I’m incredible stoked about this one! Hope to see a lot of people come out to Barracuda Austin to support a fantastic bill from a bunch of local and international amazing folks!!!

8:30-Gordon Grdina-Anagram (w/Sarah Ann Phillips, Tarik Aossey, Henna Chou, Carl Smith) –Jonathan F Horne Quintet (w/Jason Jackson, Carl Smith, Jeffrey Olson and yours truly)

10 Shit and Shine
10:45 Matt Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet (w/Mateo Luce, Mikel Patrick Avery, Ben Lamar Gay and JayVe Montgomery)
11:45 Moor Mother

Thanks to Self Sabotage Records, Astral Spirits and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division for making this possible!!!!!✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Thanks for the kind words from Austin Chronicle and Michael Toland for the last album MOROSE by The Young Mothers!

“On paper, it all sounds too eclectic for its own good, but the musicians’ deep understanding and virtuosity pull fierce focus on Morose.”

We will be touring Texas in two weeks, come see us fresh off of two rocking European festival gigs!!

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Off to Belgium and Holland for a next dose of rehearsals, concerts and recording with Teun Verbruggen’s Bureau Of Atomic Tourism (BOAT) together with Jozef Dumoulin, Jon Irabagon, Magnus Broo and Julien Desprez. We will be working on some new music by Jozef. What a band!!!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Playing at Jazzfest Willisau with the one and only James Blood Ulmer tonite!!

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The Young Mothers will be going back to Europe next week to play the amazing WiIlisau Jazzfest and Sant’ Anna Jazzfest in Sardinia. You can get the album in EU through Trost Records!!

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Will be debuting “SOTOL” a new duo together with great Chicago pianist/keyboardist and improviser Paul Giallorenzo at The Volstead in Austin this coming Monday!!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Heading back to Austin after a month on the road that ended with 5 amazing days in Marfa, Texas! Huge thanks to Britt and Rob Mazurek for putting together an amazing festival and for taking so good care of us!!! It was an absolute blast to play with the Desert Encrypt quartet together with Rob, Kris Davis and Chad Taylor, and to get the chance to really dig deep into Rob’s amazing musical (and visual) universe!!! And Marfa is nothing less than magical! Music and art all around 24/7. Thank you everyone for making this days so very very special!!

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Wonderful week of rehearsals and shows with the Desert Encrypts here in Marfa. Proud to be part of this new quartet led by Rob Mazurek and backed up by the amazing Kris Davis  and Chad Taylor! What a beautiful weekend at the  Crowley Theater in Marfa Texas!!!!!!

Monday, July 23st, 2018

En route to Mexico City for a string of concerts;

July 25th – with Filip Lewin and Woppe at Foro del Tejedor

July 27th – with Tavo Nanda, Remi Alvarez and Misha Marks at Bucareli 69

July 28th – with Gibrán Andrade and German Bringas at Jazzorca

July 30th – with Chris Cogburn and Jacob Wick at Vórtice Art Studio

July 31st – with Todd Clouser and Jorge Servin at Departamento

Aug 1st – with Zazil Collins, Tania Carrera, Gibrana Cervantes, Todd Clouser, Mabe Fratti, Julia Piastro and Javier Taboada – Sesión de improvisación de free jazz y poesía at Fray Servando 316

Looking very much forward to all of this and thanks to Time Out México for the writeup for the first show with Filipe Deckers and Woppe at Foro del Tejador on July 25th!!

Beautiful poster by Federico Peñalva!

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

What a pleasure and big honor it was to be invited to teach at the International Jazz Platform summer academy in Łódź, Poland last week! Thanks a lot to Karolina Juzwa for inviting me and for organizing all of this beautiful stuff, and to the incredible talented participants and amazing teachers that gave so much inspiration throughout the week! New friendships and collaborations was made! Its weird times all around the globe and we need this more than ever right now!!!! Thank you everyone!! Music music music!!!

Monday, July 16th, 2018


Multidisciplinary artist, musician, composer, and improviser, Rob Mazurek, brings three of the world’s finest creative musicians to Marfa, TX from August 10-12, 2018 for a series of solo performances and the premiere of Mazurek’s two-part suite Desert Encrypts: Volume 1.

Desert Encrypts: Volume 1, is a two-part suite based on observations from the desert in and around Marfa, TX. It also explores Mazurek’s ongoing fascination with social, psychological, and physiological structures, both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial. The composition includes written music and graphic scores for improvisation. The original graphic scores will be on display at Marfa Book Company at the Hotel Saint George.

Mazurek has been reshaping modern music’s cutting edge for the past three decades. He is co-leader (with Chad Taylor) of the Chicago Underground collective, and director of Exploding Star Orchestra. His compositions utilize traditional, graphic and electro-acoustic techniques and strategies, which have consistently pushed the limits of modern music. A recent All About Jazz review remarks “Rob Mazurek has spent years exploring less tangible parts of the universe, seldom seen—or heard—by others. In the process he has laid claim to a space of his own.”

Kris Davis was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist and 2018 Rising Star Jazz Artist in Downbeat. She has been described by Jason Moran in Art Forum as “an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor.” Her latest recording, Octopus, on her own Pyroclastic label, pairs her with Craig Taborn and is an astonishing testimony to her fierce individuality and lyrical sensitivity.

Ingebrigt Håker Flatten is a muscular player whose tone and attack on the bass run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall. Flaten’s sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, Scorch Trio, and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. His group, Young Mothers, recently garnered praise for their new release, Morose, from Glide Magazine: “the band reels back and forth from moments of complete musical chaos to sonic beauty.”

Percussionist Chad Taylor has been redefining the way drums can be approached for over twenty years. The Wire remarks that Taylor’s “deftness, imagination and formidable technical skill make his playing a joy to listen to.” All About Jazz describes his latest solo recording, Myths and Morals, as “a lively dialogue with the vibrant sounds of the world. The music acknowledges the masters that have been here before while searching for new sounds in a language that is both personal and universal.”
Sponsored by the City of Marfa, Marfa Book Company, Hotel Saint George, Crowley Theater, Bar Nadar, Harmonipan, and Astral Spirits.

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Thanks for the kind words after my solo performance at the Novara Jazz on June 10th. “At the Giannoni Modern Art Gallery there is a collection of about 900 works that testify all the Italian regional art schools. At noon, in front of Filiberto Minozzi’s “Sinfonia del mare”,in which intriguing stormy waves crash against the rocks of a small creek, I discovered Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, one of the most powerful voices of the Norwegian scene. The contrabass became an extension of his person, through which he made us vibrate, taking us to the vistas of his land and then let us fall into a vortex of intense emotions. A vigorous and compelling performance, during which we were breathless, a perfect conclusion for a show full of suggestions'” You can read the full article here!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

I’m very proud to finally announce the release of MOROSE, the second album from The Young Mothers!!

“A band with the unique ability to richly merge its different component parts into a spectacular whole” – Austin Chronicle

Please check out our new website below where you should be able to find all the info you need to know about this awesome band and our brand new record!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Thanks for the love from DownBeat Magazine after our performance at Jazzfest / Trondheim two weeks ago!

“With their playful humour and avant-pastiche tendencies, Atomic sounds more Dutch than Norwegian or Swedish (together for almost two decades, their membership combines players from those latter two nations). Just when there’s a risk of becoming jaded with the moves of adventurous jazz, the genuinely unpredictable article slammed listeners in the face. Atomic pulverized aspects of free abstraction, creating genuine music of surprise.”

Read the full article here!

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The Young Mothers will be kicking off a busy month of touring with a few Texas shows; Dallas (RBC) tonite & Austin on Satuday (Austin Jukebox) and Sunday (Mohawk), in celebration of our new album “MOROSE” that’s finally soon to be dropped on Self Sabotage Records (ditributed through Trost Records in Europe and Grappa Musikkforlag in Norway). Come join us!!!

The European leg of the tour is generously supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; “This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”


May 17 – RBC Dallas, TX
MAY 19 – Austin Jukebok, Beerland Austin, TX
MAY 20 – Mohawk Austin, TX
MAY 30 – Jazz à Poitiers. Poitiers, France
MAY 31 – Blå. Oslo, Norway
JUN 2 – Nattjazz. Bergen, Norway
JUN 5 – Sala Arttes, Barcelona, Spain
JUN 6 – Huesca, Spain
JUN 7 – DOBIALAB Trieste, Italy
JUN 8 – Novara Jazz. Novara, Italy
JUN 9 – Novara Jazz. Novara, Italy
JUN 10 – Novara Jazz. Novara, Italy
JUN 12 – Sala Rosa/Suoni per Il Popolo. Montreal, QC, Canada
JUN 13 – Something Else Festival. Hamilton, ON, Canada

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Just had a talk with Jon Lebkowsky for his Plutopia News Network where we talked about my involvement in the European and American Jazz  scenes as well as my work as a festival promoter, among other things.. I’m very honored for the feature and you can listen to it here!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Thanks for the in-depth article in Bass, my fever where i talk about when/why/what and so on!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Thanks to Kevin Curtin and Austin Chronicle for the insightful and intriguing article about all the music happening ‘on the fringe’ in Austin these day, and from (amongst much more) the set at Me Mer Mo Monday with Lisa Cameron and Adam Busch last Monday!!!

Thanks a ton to Melissa Seely, The Volstead and Self Sabotage Records for providing an outlet for sound explorations on a Monday night in Austin Texas – right in the middle of the ‘east side hipster walk’!!


“The night’s most thrilling set came from experimental percussion fixture Lisa Cameron (ST 37), singer-songwriter Adam Ostrar (ex-Manishevitz), and double bass phenom Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. Seventy listeners flooded the tiny room for the talented triad, which enraptured them for a 45-minute sonic odyssey that found Cameron plucking, bowing, and remixing a ghostly variation of a gutbucket as Ostrar stun-gunned guitar strings with an electromagnet, and Håker Flaten bent space and time with long explorative solos that snapped back in heavy jazz walks. When the final note faded, the audience remained hushed until an involuntary response broke the silence.
Then everyone roared.”

Read the full article here!

Wednesday, Jan 31st, 2018

Thanks to Dave Douglas for inviting us to play Bergamo Jazz Festival back in 2016! A big honor of course!! It’s a great performance and it’s on You Tube (no surprise!). You better check it out! We’re soon hitting the roads of the North Americas again and we’re ready to play!! Here’s the schedule ::

2/12 – Sala Rosa/Montreal
2/13 – ZULA Presents/Hamilton
2/14 – Hallwalls/Buffalo
2/15 – BOP STOP/Cleveland
2/16 & 17 – Constellation Chicago
2/20 – Beerland, Texas/Austin
2/22 – PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Artsll/Seattle
2/23 – TBA/Kelowna
2/24 – Performance Works/Vancouver

We’ll promise to make America great again! Promise!!!!!

Thanks to Danielle Oosterop for booking this string of lovely gigs!!

Tuesday, Jan 30th, 2018

Soon going back on the road in North America with Atomic, and we’re very happy to be playing in Austin again (last time was exacrly 10 years ago at the Victory Grill). This time it’s at Beerland, Texas on February 20th! And local piano maverick Collin Shook will be opening up with a solo set!!! We’ve been rocking it with this group for almost 18 years now, it’s a hell of a band, please come check us out!!! Thanks to Richard Lynn, Nathan Cross and Pedro Moreno (Self Sabotage Records, Astral Spirits and Friends of Epistrophy Arts) for making this gig possible!!!!

Here’s the full tour schedule :

2/12 – Sala Rosa/Montreal

2/13 – Zula Presents at The Pearl Company/Hamilton

2/14 – Hallwalls/Buffalo

2/15 – Bop Stop/Cleveland

2/16 & 17 – Constellation/Chicago

2/20 – Beerland/Austin

2/22 – Poncho Concert Hall/Seattle

2/23 – TBA/Kelowna

2/24 – Performance Works/Vancouver

Sunday, Jan 28th, 2018

So honored to have Rob Mazurek being part of the opening night of this years Sonic Transmissions Festival Present series at Beerland, Texas on March 1st! Check out his incredible and life-affirming sounds here from his latest release on Astral Spirits and MARK THE DATE!

In addition to Rob, you’ll get to see amazing Thor & Friends and Rick Reed + Tara Bhattacharya Reed!!! Your’s truly (aka DJ Time Machine) and Mr Nathan Cross (aka DJ Cross) will be spinning records to keep you nice and moist between sets!!

Get your tickets here – Special deals still available. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!!

Friday, Jan 26th, 2018

Announcing my first producer job!!!

Tigerfish & Lioncats ‘STOP WALK’ ! Check out the album on their Bandcamp page here!

It was great to work with Signe Krunderup Emmeluth and Vetle Larsen on this album, and of course (and again) this would not have been possible without the amazing studio expertise of Chico Jones!!! Very proud about the result, please check it out, I’ll promise you’ll find some surprising tumbles and tweaks in there!!! I’m playing on a couple of tracks too, couldn’t resist the temptation….

Thursday, Jan 25th, 2018

I’m happy to share my new and updated website with y’all! Thanks to George Staicu for the help in tweaking my web precense and coming up with some new and sexy design to keep the love flowing!! It’s a lot of exciting news to share on so many levels coming up this year and you can find info on my bands, albums, touring schedule, new recordings (I’d say you check that out for some nice surprises coming up this spring!) and much more. I’m commited to keep this page as updated as I possibly can and will add stuff as we go! Thanks for checking in and for coming back for more!! Love is in the air baby!!!

Thursday, Jan 25th, 2018

Thanks to Michael Toland for the review of ‘Village Songs – Den Signede Dag’ in Austin Chronicle!!

“Doctrinal singer Gunvor Fagerhaug Gustavsen and hardanger fiddle by Andreas Bjørkås form the foundation of these tracks, but Bob Hoffnar’s pedal steel on “Jesus Al Min Fryd og Ære” and Joe McPhee’s saxophone on “Saligheden Er Os Nær” add dreamy atmospherics. Likewise, free-flowing freak-outs from drummer Daniel Dufour, saxist Sterling Steffen, and Flaten’s axe-wielding Young Mothers cohort Jonathan F. Horne transform these meditations into rave-ups. The marriage of centuries-old tradition and controlled contemporary chaos spotlights the spirituality inherent in both free jazz and ancient melodies.”

Read the full review here!

Tuesday, Jan 16th, 2018

After two increadible weeks of new musics and great adventures with G.I.G.A.N.T.E. throughout beautiful Mexico, I arrived to a freezing cold Amsterdam this morning. I have to admit that was a bit harsh change of environment! But it’s equally exciting to start another tour with a new freewheeling quartet with some of my favorite improvisers today; Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin. We kicked it off with a dramatically dynamic set at De Ruimte tonite, the music was flowing freely in multiple directions and I cannot wait to continue to explore further with this new band. After deeply enjoying the sounds of fantastic Marta Warelis Trio we’re now on our way to Brussels which will be the headquarter for the next 5 Belgium gigs!! It’s been a very long day and I’m looking much forward to sleep laying down for more than a couple of hours but the energy is still popping. Here’s to music!!!!

Friday, Jan 12th, 2018

Just ended some incredible deep and inspiring sound explorations with magicians German Bringas and Gibrán Andrade! So happy i brought my chinese lady tied up with 12 goats to Mexico City! Look out for this trio album coming out ‘somewhere’ hopefully in the near future! No hay pedo!!

Wednesay, Jan 10th, 2018

Mexico City, you’re very good to me, I’m so happy to be back!! Yesterday we played for a packed house at Bucareli 69, thanks a ton to Jeronimo Garcia Naranjo for setting up the show at this awesome venue, it was totally amazing to see the enthusiasm and support from such a diverse crowd!! So inspiring!!! Thanks to Gibrán Andrade, Tavo Nanda, German Bringas, Misha Marks, Carlos Alegre and Jacob Wick for making it such a special night!! The music was on fire!! Off to Queretaro and MOSER CAFÉ today with GIGANTE before we return to Mexico City for two more shows at CASA FRANCA and Zinco Jazz Club tomorrow and Friday! Life is good!!

Sunday, Jan 7th, 2018

A million thanks to Jorge Caradura Dau and The Jazz Foundation in Puerto Vallarta for hosting 4 nights of Gigante and to give us a chance to work on some new music by Todd and Santiago (with a brand new band)!! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to do this kinda things these days, and this band rocks, it’s a privilege to play with Todd Clouser, Santiago Botero and Jorge Servin Rivera!!! Also what an amazing place!! …remember I’m norwegian alright! We got a Sunday matinee concert at Casitas Maraika Beach Club tomorrow before heading to Mexico City, I highly recommend you come!!

Monday, Jan 1st, 2018

YES YES YES!! 2018 is ON and I’m feeling pretty stoked to be starting it off by going to Mexico for the two first weeks to play a few gigs around the country (with a brand new and exciting group; GIGANTE w/ Todd Clouser, Jorge Servin Rivera and Santiago Botero)!! We will get the chance to finetune a book of songs, a brew of Tropicalia, Cumbia and Psych Dance (!!) inspired musics, over 5 nights in Puerto Vallarta before we hit Queretaro, Mexico City and Cholua. Thanks to Todd Clouser for organizing and setting up this tour. I’m also very happy to be doing a night of improvised music in Mexico City with some of my great friends and fantastic improvisers there; Gibrán Andrade, German Bringas, Tavo Nanda, Jacob Wick, Carlos Alegre and Misha Marks! After Mexico ill be going straight back to EU for an album release tour (‘Walters First’ on Rat Records) with another new band with amazing Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin!! Thanks a ton to Teun for making this happening!! l’ll end this month back in Austin at the Me-Mer-Mo Monday series at Volstead in a(NOTHER new) band with Lisa Cameron and Adam Busch!! This year couldn’t possibly get off to a better start!!!

Friday, Dec 29th, 2017

Tour dates for Winter/Spring 2018 ::

January :

3rd – GIGANTE (w/ Todd Clouse, Jorge Servin and Santiago Botero) Jazz Foundation, Puerto Vallarta, MX

4th – GIGANTE, Jazz Foundation, Puerto Vallarta, MX

5th – GIGANTE, Jazz Foundation, Puerto Vallarta, MX

6th – GIGANTE, Jazz Foundation, Puerto Vallarta. MX

7th – GIGANTE, Maraika Beach Club, Puerto Vallarta. MX

9th – Double bill with Gibran Andrade and German Bringas + Gustavo Nandayapa, Jacob Wick and Misha Marks, Bucareli 69, Mexico City, MX

10th – GIGANTE, Moser Café, Queretaro, MX

11th – GIGANTE, Casa Franca, Mexico City, MX

12th – GIGANTE, Zinco Jazz Club, Mexico City, MX

13th – GIGANTE, Jazzatlan, Cholua, MX

15th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, De Ruimte, Amsterdam, NE

16th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, Hotclub, De Gand, Gand, BE

17th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, Koer, Gand, BE

18th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, Option, Charleroi, BE

19th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, Concerve, Leuven, BE

20th – w/Teun Verbruggen, Nate Wooley and Jozef Dumoulin, Walter, Brussels, BE

29th – w/Lisa Cameron and Adam Busch, Me Mer Mo Mondays at Volstead, Austin

February :

12th – Atomic, Sala Rossa, Montreal, CA

13th – Atomic, TBA, Hamilton, CA

14th – Atomic, Hallwalls, Buffalo, US

15th – Atomic, Bop Stop, Cleveland, US

16th – Atomic, Constellation, Chicago, US

17th – Atomic, Constellation, Chicago, US

20th – Atomic, Beerland, Austin, US

21st – Atomic, Creative Music Guild, Portland, US

22nd – Atomic, Earshot Jazz, Seattle, US

23rd – Atomic, TBA, Kelowna, CA

24th – Atomic, Ironworks, Vancouver, CA

March :


9th – w/Jaime Branch, Dave Rempis and Tollef Østvang, Arts Acts, st Johann, AU

10th – w/Jaime Branch, Dave Rempis and Tollef Østvang, Antwerp, BE

11th – w/Jaime Branch, Dave Rempis and Tollef Østvang, FRI FORM, Trondheim, NO

13th – w/Jaime Branch, Dave Rempis and Tollef Østvang, Blow Out, Oslo, NO

15th – w/Jaime Branch, Dave Rempis and Tollef Østvang, Tolga, NO

17th – The Thing, TBA, Bogota, CO

18th – The Thing, TBA, Bogota, CO

19th – The Thing, TBA, Bogota, CO

21st – The Thing, Constellation, Chicago, US

22nd – The Thing, New Music Circle, St Louis, US

24th – The Thing, Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN

27th – BIC (w/Julien Deprez, Mette Rasmussen and Mads Forsby), Banlieues Bleues, Paris, FR

28th – BIC, La Malterie, Lille, FR

29th – BIC, Le Periscope, Lyon, FR

April :

7th  – The Thing, Rewire festival, The Hague, NL

8th  – The Thing with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Ruhrjazz festival, Bochum, DE

9th  – The Thing, Stadtgarten, Cologne, DE

10th  – The Thing, Maschinenhaus, Berlin, DE

12th  – The thing, Stanser Musik Tage, Stans, CH

19th – SONIC TRANSMISSIONS PRESENTS, Sahara Lounge, Austin, TX

May :

10th – Atomic, TBA, Umeå, SE

11th – Atomic, Trondheim Jazzfestival, Trondheim, NO

12th – Atomic, Herr Nilsen, Oslo, NO

17th – The Young Mothers, TBA, Dallas, US

18th – The Young Mothers, TBA, Houston, US

19th – The Young Mothers, Austin Jukebox, Beerland, Austin, US

20th – The Young Mothers, The North Door, Austin, US

22nd – The Young Mothers, TBA, NYC, US

23rd – The Young Mothers, TBA, NYC, US

26th – The Young Mothers, Kerava Jazz Festival, Kerava, FI

31st – The Young Mothers, Blå, Oslo, NO

June :

1st – The Young Mothers, USF Verftet, Nattjazz Festival, Bergen, NO

8th – The Young Mothers, NOVARA Jazz Festival, IT

9th – The Young Mothers, NOVARA Jazz Festival, IT

10th – The Young Mothers, NOVARA Jazz Festival, IT

12th – The Young Mothers, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Montreal, CA


26th – July 3rd – The Thing + Colin Stetson Trio EU Tour

Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

Portrett interju i OPP.NO

Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

Time Machine on several Austin ‘Best Of’ lists!

I’m psyched to find my solo album ‘Time Machine’ on some of the best of Austin albums 2017 lists, very honored to be considered in such great company. Thanks for the love from Austin Chronicle!!

Top 100 Austin Albums of 2017 (#50) :…/playback-top-100-austin-…/

Top 10 Austin Albums of 2017 (#2 by Michael Toland) :…/top-10-austin-albums-of-…/

Sunday, Dec 24th, 2017

Village Songs DN Review

Takk for fine ord for ‘Village Songs’ fra DN og Audun Vinger!!

“Det låter elektrisk, heftig og nytenkende, fortsatt med den eiendommelig vakre vokalen i sentrum. Trompet/saks-kolossen Joe McPhee gjør for eksempel underverker med «Saligheden Er Os Nær».”

Damn!! God Jul til alle fine folk der ute med “I Denne Søde Juletid” fra Oppdal Kulturhus, 7 Desember :: (Video:Jørn Hoel, Lyd:Olav J Hoel)

Friday, Dec 22nd, 2017

Sonic Transmissions Presents program announcement

Holy, it’s soon Christmas and I am very happy and proud to announce the program for the next year Sonic Transmissions Festival. This year I have teamed up with my good friend Nate Cross (founder of Astral Spirits Records) to curate and create a series that we’ve called ‘2018 Sonic Transmissions Presents’, and we will bring a bunch of amazing artists from across the US next to a strong and innovative lineup of local Austin-based acts. The series are co-presented with our good friends at Self Sabotage Records, Friends of Epistrophy Arts and Astral Spirits.

Find more info and grab your early-bird-specials here :

Monday, Dec 18th, 2017

Village Songs release

Back in Austin and i’m so proud to announce that ‘Village Songs – Den Signede Dag’ – based on religious hymns and folk songs from my home village, Oppdal just got released by the Norwegian record label Heilo!! The album includes some absolutely beautiful singing and playing by Gunvor Gustavsen, Andreas Bjørkås, Jonathan F Horne, Bob Hoffnar, Daniel Dufour, William Sterling Steffen + a very special guest performance by Joe McPhee!
The original trio with my great friends and amazing folk musicians from Oppdal; Gunvor and Andreas, was recorded during the summer of 2016 by Jørn Hoel and Olav J Hoel, and then with the incredible expertise of Chico Jones we lay’ed down the Austin part of the session this September!

I’ve been working on the these mesmerizing hymns for a while now and I’m beyond happy to finally see the music getting out there in it’s full incarnationl! A very special thanks goes out to Gunvor, Tore Fagerhaug and Erik Viken who helped me collect the songs for this project!! There’s so much more to say about this but you can listen and find more info if you go to my Bandcamp page (link below), please check it out!!

AND, a very limited edition of 20 copies (for $25 incl. shipping in the US) are available now directly from me if you PM me herel Woah, christmas came early!!!! 😊

More info ::…/village-songs-den-si…

December 2017

Verbruggen, Dumouln, Wooley, Håker Flaten 4tet “Walter First’ LP Release!

For sale at
Jozef Dumoulin (Piano), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and Teun Verbruggen (drums) a free improvised session at Jazz Middelheim! Mixed by Richard Comte and artwork Wannes Lecompte Lay out Peter Verbruggen. We’ll be touring in January!

Saturday, Dec 16th, 2017

After exactly (to the day!) a month on the road (and having my spirit filled up with so much good music and the feeling of being blessed by all the awesome musicians I’m so grateful to be working with, and all the great people that I meet on my way 🎶), I’m finally en-route back to Austin.

And, I’m not complaining, I’m just making it public, some might find it amusing… And ok, I might be a little bored too…. ANYWAYS, here’s my schedule for my last two days before arriving home tomorrow night (I’m now by point number 7 and feeling hopeful that I’l make it alive!!).

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Saturday, December 16th
1. 17:30 – Pick up at hotel
2. 18:00 – 19:00 :: Dinner (*1)
3. 20:00 – 22:00 :: Concert, two sets (*2)
4. 22:15 – 22:35 :: Drive from venue to train
5. 22:45 – 23:18 :: Langenthal-Aarau by train
6. 23:24 – 23:52 :: Aaraou-Zürich by train
Sunday, December 17th
7. 00:20 – 01:37 :: Zürich-Chur by train
8. 02:51 – 06:20 :: Chur-Munchen by buss
9. 07:00 – 07:45 :: Train to the airport
10. 11:30 – 14:35 (+8 hours) :: Munich-Denver with Lufthansa
11. 15:59 – 19:09 :: Denver-Austin with United

And by revealing all this sensitive information I do understand that some might ask why the heck I do this and why I didn’t just book my return from Zurich? PLEASE DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*1 :: I needed to mention the Dinner cause it’s probably the last ‘good’ meal I’ll have in a couple of days and because I’ve been so lucky to been taken care of over the last three days by the amazing Hildegard and Walter that run the residency at Bau 4 in Altburon, an amazing place and absolutely beautiful couple that do some incredible work for the arts and creative music!! THANKS!!!

*2 :: I needed to mention the Concert cause I’ve been so lucky to been workin with the great ILOG (Oliver Steidle and Ignaz Schick) over the last three days, and the concert was Kick-ass!! Which again generated so much good energy that it will make this whole return trip just feel like peanuts!!! THANKS!!!

Point made! It’s just another Saturday night, life’s a trip and I’ll be home for Christmas!!!


Great review (Norwegian only) from the concert at Oppdal Kulturhus, December 7th! ::

Platelansering og førjulskonsert ble en musikalsk fest: Drømmekvelden

Det var bare å lukke øynene og nyte kvelden da et stjernelag av musikere leverte en drøm av en førjulskonsert.

Jo, det ble plass til en neddempet versjon av «O helga natt», men her var ingen ihjelsungne julesvisker, rutinefremført av omreisende Oslo-artister.

Derimot lokale julesanger – og folketoner formidlet med en ekthet og skarp tilstedeværelse, etter en tøff jazzifisering på ferden mellom Oppdal og Austin, Texas.

Jazzbassisten Ingebrigt Håker Flaten kunne fornøyd åpne en forsendelse med ferske CDer før kveldens konsert, og publikum fikk høre tre av sangene som har fått plass på samarbeidsprosjektet mellom ham, Andreas Bjørkås og kveldens konsertregissør, Gunvor Fagerhaug Gustavsen.

Dette er Gunvors store dag!

Hun hadde komponert konserten «Jul i jazz og folketoner» der det var plass for alt fra Åge Aleksandersen og Ida Jenshus nydelige og underkjente vise «Det du aldri sa», til flotte, lokale bidrag som Kjell Arve Husby og Gjert Kristian Øhrns fine «Vi venter». Julesangene gled ubemerket over i jazzimprovisasjon der Ingebrigt Håker Flaten kastet seg i angrep på kontrabassen – kroppen og bassen går i ett når oppdalingen kryper ned og vekselvis slår løs og kjæler med strengene.

Døtrene Øyunn og Margit viste at eplet ikke faller langt fra stemmen, deres fine «Høgtid» var like fint fremført nå som under Setrom-konserten.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten har på elegant vis smeltet de gamle, lokale folketonene sammen med hektende bassbeat, hvem hadde trodd det skulle svinge slik det gjorde av «Saligheten er oss nær», i en folketoneversjon som Inge Krokann i sin tid sang.

– Totalt tidløst, mente Ingebrigt Håker Flaten om det musikalske møtet mellom norske folketoner og moderne jazz slik det fremstår på den ferske plata som bassisten måtte signere mange av etter konserten.

Det er ikke rart, i denne søte førjulstid ble desserten til slutt sangen bestemor Margit og far Tore sang for lille Gunvor på sengekanten, «Visse lulle spede», umerkelig iblandet «Jesus styr du mine tanker».

Og selvsagt fikk vi «Mitt hjerte alltid vanker» før ekstranummeret – og da var det bare å smile seg hjem for de nærmere 150 som aldri vil angre at de fikk med seg nettopp denne konserten.

Det blir ikke særlig mye mer stemningsfullt enn dette en desemberkveld.

Og fritt etter den danske salmedikteren Hans Adolph Brorson på 1700-tallet:

Saligheten var oss nær.


August 2017

Hi there, its been a while! Just wanted to announce my touring schedule for this fall, so much good stuff happening this coming months. Please check out the full schedule below. And stay put for a new and updated website coming very soon!!! Music Music Music!!!

August ::

Wed 23 – Quartet BIC (with Julien Desprez, Mette Rasmussen, Mads Forsby) :: Meteo Festival, Mulhouse, France
Thu 24 – Incertum Principium (with Edward Perraud, Aymeric Avice, Benjamin Dousteyssier) :: Meteo Festival, Mulhouse, France
Fri 25 – Ryley Walker Band (with Frank Rosaly, Bill MacKay and LeRoy Bach)
:: The Musician, Leicester, UK
Sat 26 – Ryley Walker Band :: Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK
Sun 27 – Ryley Walker Band :: The Band Room, Farndale, UK
Mon 28 – Ryley Walker Band :: Stereo, Glascow, UK
Tue 29 – Ryley Walker Band :: St. Mary’s, Chester, UK
Wed 30 – Ryley Walker Band :: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
Thu 31 – Ryley Walker Band :: Mama Rou’x, Birmingham, UK

September ::

Fri 1 – Ryley Walker Band :: End of the Road Festival, Lamar Tree Gardens, UK
Sat 2 – Atomic :: U-Jazz Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
Sun 3 – Ryley Walker Band :: Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vieland, NL
Sat 9 – Duo with Dennis Gonzalez :: Cafe Creme, Austin TX
Thu 14 – Time Machine (album release for Self Sabotage Records) :: Barracuda/Sonic Transmissions III, Austin TX
Sat 16 – Black Unity Ensemble :: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard/Sonic Transmissions III, Austin TX
Sun 24 – Atomic :: ELNICHO en Aural 17, CASA del Lago  – Mexico DF
Tue 26 – Atomic :: Pizza jazz cafe (double bill with Remi Alvarez Trio) – Mexico DF
Wed 27 – Atomic :: Zinco jazz club  – Mexico DF
Sat 30 – Atomic :: Instantes Sonores at Domus Artis  – Buenos Aires

October ::

Wed 4 – Atomic :: norDIG Festival/Uniarts, Helsinki, Finland
Thu 5 – The Young Mothers :: Narodni Dom, Maribor, Slovenija
Fri 6 – The Young Mothers :: Muku, St. Johann, Austria
Sat 7 – The Young Mothers :: The Singer, Rijkevorsel, Belgium
Mon 9 – The Young Mothers :: TBA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tue 10 – The Young Mothers :: TBA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thu 12 – The Young Mothers :: Vilnius Jazzfestival, Lithuania
Fri 13 – The Young Mothers :: Lillesalen, Oslo Konserthus, Norway
Sat 14 – The Young Mothers :: Dokkhuset, Trondheim, Norway
Mon 16 – The Thing :: Westwerk, Hamburg, DE
Tue 17 – The Thing :: Live in Speicher, Leer, DE
Wed 18 – The Thing :: Bimhuis, Amsterdam, NL
Thu 19 – The Thing :: Le Petit Faucheux, Tours, FR
Fri 20 – The Thing :: EKKO, Utrecht, NL
Mon 23 – IPA :: Fasching Jazzclub, Stockholm, Sweden
Thu 26 – IPA :: Arendal Jazzclub, Arendal, Norway

November ::

Fri 17 – The Thing :: D’Jazz Nevers, Nevers, FR
Sat 18 – The Thing :: Jazzdor, Strasbourg, FR
Sun 19 – The Thing :: London Jazz Festival at Rich Mix, London, UK
Tue 21 – The Thing :: Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK
Wed 22 – The Thing :: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Thu 23 – The Thing :: Exchange, Bristol, UK
Fri 24 – The Thing :: Handelsbeurs, Gent, BE
Sat 25 – The Thing :: Ilion Plus, Athens, GR
Mon 27 – The Thing :: Blue Tomato, Vienna, AU
Tue 28 – The Thing :: DOM Cultural Centre, Moscow, RU
Wed 29 – solos and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love :: TBA, Moscow, RU

Desember ::

Thu 7 – Album release and christmas show with Gunvor Gustavsen, Andreas Bjørkås og Co :: Oppdal Kulturhus, Oppdal, Norway
Sat 16 – ILOG and guests (with Oliver Steidl, Ignaz Schick, and Jan Schlegel) :: Bau 4, Altbüron, Bezau Beats, Bezau, AU

April 2017

Hi there,  touring schedule for April and May added, new and old collaborations to play in and places to visit. I’m also very happy that more and more is happing in my own home turf, Austin TX! I feel so humbled and grateful to be able to play and learn from all of these highly inspiring musicians and human beings. Hope to see you along the way somewhere in the world.

  • Thursday, April 6th – Mette Rasmussen Quintet with/Torbjørn Zetterberg, Paul Lytton and Raymond Strid – Victoria/Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo NO
  • Friday, April 7th – Mette Rasmussen Quintet with/Torbjørn Zetterberg, Paul Lytton and Raymond Strid – Vossajazz, Voss NO
  • Monday, April 10th – Carl Smith/Gibran Andrade/Håker Flaten – Cafe Creme, Austin TX
  • Wednesday, April 12th – Plutonium Farmers – Beerland, Austin TX
  • Sunday, April 16th – Nick Mazzarella/Avreeayl Ra/Håker Flaten – Sugar Maple, Milwaukee MI
  • Monday, April 17th – solo performance + discussion with Ken Vandermark – Option Series at ESS, Chicago IL
  • Saturday, April 22nd – Atomic – National Forum of Music, Wrocklaw PL
  • Sunday, April 23rd – Trio with Ignaz Schick and Oliver Steidle – TBA, Berlin GE
  • Thursday, April 27th – Atomic – Clasijazz, Almería ES
  • Friday, April 28th – Atomic – Jazz & Cookin’ fest, Valencia ES
  • Saturday, April 29th – Atomic , Barcelona ES
  • Monday, May 1st – Atomic – Evinger Schloss, Dortmund DE
  • Wednesday, May 3rd – Atomic – Sowieso, Berlin DE
  • Thursday, May 4th – Atomic – Kulturhofkeller, Villach AT
  • Sunday, May 7th – Ryley Walker – Cotton Club, Tokyo JP
  • Monday, May 8th – Ryley Walker – Cotton Club, Tokyo JP
  • Friday, May 19th – Duo with Dave Rempis – Cafe Creme, Austin TX
  • Saturday, May 20th – Duo with Dave Rempis – Austin Jukebox/Beerland, Austin TX
  • Monday, May 22nd – Duo with Dave Rempis – Avant Garden, Houston TX
  • Friday, May 27th – with Carl Smith, Dennis Gonzalez and Yells At Eals, Cafe Creme, Austin TX


January 2017
Atomic’s new album ‘Six Easy Pieces’ (CD + LP with double bonus live material from Japan) out on Odin Records in February. Come see us live!
February 16th – Fasching Jazzclub, Stockholm
February 17th – Bergen Jazzforum
February 18th – Oppdal Kulturhus
February 19th – Jazz i Malmø

January 2017

I’m very honored to’ve been portrayed on German Radio/BR Klassik’s ‘Jazztime’ in an interview by Sirius W. Palzzad. He is playing music from a variaty of my bands and collaborations (in order of apparence: The Young Mothers, Atomic, IHF ‘Oslo’ Kvintett, IHF/Håkon Kornstad Duo, The Cherry Thing, Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, IHF/Nate Wooley/Joe Morris/Joe McPhee Quartet,  and my Chicago Quintet). The program was aired back on Nov. 20th 2014 and you can check it out here :

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