The Young Mothers


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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – acoustic and electric bass/compositions, Jawwaad Taylor – trumpet/electronics/vocals

Jason Jackson – alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Jonathan Horne  – guitar

Stefan Gonzalez – drums/vibraphone/vocal, Frank Rosaly – drums

“The Young Mothers are a brilliant band that merges modern jazz, free improvisation, indie rock, hip hop and a caterwauling Afro-groove reminiscent of the Brotherhood of Breath. The rhythm section is deep, throaty and incredibly swinging, while Jackson’s reed work is both feral and soulful. Horne’s extensive pedigree in surf rock and punk (as well as rugged free improvisation) means that The Young Mothers have someone in the front line that’s unpredictable and has a wide range of sources to draw from. Coupled with Jawwaad, whose palette combines Don Cherry-like sputters and flourishes with intelligent, off-kilter rapping, this group is without comparison. They may have started in Austin, but the world is certainly pining for their diffuse, joyous vibe.”/Clifford Allen

Upon moving to Austin in 2009, I sought out to establish a new working relationship with improvisers from the vibrant and eclectic music undergrounds of Texas—my new home. With Texans, Jason Jackson, Jawwaad Taylor and Stefan Gonzalez handling horns, vocal and percussion duties; I called upon Chicagoan Frank Rosaly (also a member of my Chicago Sextet), to act as a second drummer. The addition of Jonathan Horne, the local guitar phenomenon, completed this collective. A complex amalgam of references and aesthetics within the band makes for a clever, intricate, and raucous sonic foundation that propels the music forward into compelling new territories.

Our debut album “a mothers work is never done” was recorded with Chico Jones in Austin during September 2012 and was released on Tektite Records in March 2014. Check out album reviews posted on our facebook page here. We will tour Norway for two weeks in March 2015, get in touch for more information here. There is also several European festival offers for Summer 2015 so please check back in.

The band did a North American tour in January 2014 :

15/1 – Austin (Hotel Vegas) with special guests; Marriage, SSBT, Plutonium Farmers, Ralph White & Bob Hoffnar

16/1 – Dallas (Crown and Heart)

17/1 – Chicago (Township) with NRG Ensemble

18/1 – Detroit (Trinosophes) with Chatoyant

19/1 – Cleveland (Mahall’s) with Rafeeq Washington & The Surah Orchestra

20/1 – Buffalo (Wallhals)

Check out some press from the tour here!

In December 2012 we toured the east coast:Mothers_Poster

Dec. 11th – Sjapeshifter Lab/Brooklyn (VIKING BASS NIGHT a double bill with Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas)

Dec. 12th – JACK/Brooklyn (tripple bill with Cactus Truck and Zombi Jazz)

Dec. 13th – Terraza 7/Queens (double bill with Home of Easy Credit)

Dec. 14th – Ars Nova in Philadelphia (double bill with Frode Gjerstad Trio)


In February 2012 we played a few gigs in Texas, here’s a video from our show at MECA in Houston where we shared the stage with Marilyn Crispell Trio :

The Young Mothers – February 18th, 2012 @ MECA, Houston TX from Nada Brahma Media on Vimeo.