Paal Nilssen-Love's "Townhouse Orchestra"

Evan Parker - saxophones
Sten Sandell - piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums

The quartet came together in 2002, after the Kongsberg Jazz Festival's call for Nilssen-Love to put together "his own" band. The name is taken from the venue where the Quartet had its debut, "Byorkesterets Hus" in Kongsberg. Townhouse Orchestra consists of some of Europe's strongest voices within improvised music and jazz, and they are working as a collective, where music and expression are the focus. The band is also how a orchestra should be: A collective where all members are equal, and where improvisation is the focus -  Free improvisation where each musician's personal history and experience shapes the band's sound.

Evan Parker should not really need any more introduction: he is one of the most important figures in improvised music. Since the 1960s he has paved the way for musicians in the same genre, and not at least for saxophone players and people's perceptions of what a saxophone can be. He has redefined the instrument's lost opportunities and its limitations. This has also established a tradition, especially in European improvised music, of expanding the instrument through "preparation".
Sten Sandell has, in his 25 years on stage, broken many traditions and boundaries, blending phrases from several genres. Influenced by pianists Cecil Taylor and Alexander von SCHLIPPENBACH, but also the composers Morton Feldman, John Cage and Mauricio Kagel, Sten Sandell represents a unique voice within European improvisation.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have since the late 90's led the way as Norway's heaviest rhythm section, including work in the groups Element, Atomic, and, not at least the groups Scorch Trio and The Thing.

Håker Flaten represents a special era in Norwegian bass tradition and in recent years he has allowed more and more European and American audiences to experience the weight of his playing. Inspired by Jimmy Garrison, Richard Davis and William Parker, aswell as European bassists such as Barry Guy, Dave Holland and Peter Kowald, he provides an historical continuity of the instrument's tradition, and as such, improvisation.