Susana Santos Silva & Torbjorn Zetterberg, Nick Mazzarella & Tollef Ostvang | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Susana Santos Silva & Torbjorn Zetterberg, Nick Mazzarella & Tollef Ostvang All Ages Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Thu., June 2, 9 p.m. 2016

Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and Swedish bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg are two of the most exciting figures in European improvised music, never drawing lines between tradition and experimentation. As a member of Zetterberg’s superb Charles Mingus-flavored sextet Och Den Stora Frågan, Silva adds a full-bodied yet delicately lyric presence, but tonight she’ll show off her equally versatile duo practice with the bandleader. Their 2013 album Almost Tomorrow (Clean Feed) consists mainly of free improvisation, though Zetterberg slyly reveals a deep connection to jazz history: the title track, its name a play on Monk’s “’Round Midnight,” features a similar melody, here voiced in grainy, sumptuously vulnerable half-valved lines from Silva, well supported by Zetterberg’s dark thrum. Elsewhere there’s loads of extended technique as the duo craft turbulent yet subdued atmospheres on “Knights of Storvälen” and strident, knotted explosions on “Falling and Falling and Falling.” For last year’s terrific If Nothing Else (Clean Feed) they invited British native Hampus Lindwall—a Parisian church organist whose presence only seems to magnify the duo’s rapport—into the fray. Lindwall is an adventurous spirit, and together they generate richly atmospheric excursions, fully taking advantage of the sonorous ambience of the 12th arrondissement’s Église du Saint-Esprit. The duo themselves will wind down their first Chicago visit in a quartet performance with drummer Tim Daisy and saxophonist Dave Rempis; saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Tollef Ostvang open.

Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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