The Young Mothers

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JAWWAAD (rhymes/trumpet) STEFAN GONZALEZ  (vibraphone/drums/vocal) INGEBRIGT H. FLATEN (acoustic and electric bass)  JASON JACKSON (tenor and baritone sax) JONATHAN HORNE (guitar)  FRANCISCO ROSALY (drums)

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“The Young Mothers closed the last night of Sonic Transmissions with a blistering set of Lone Star free punk that got the old jazz heads out of their chairs and the laconic hipsters moving like interpretive dervishes.”

The Wire / UK

“..their caustic collisions of hip-hop, indie rock, African grooves and grindcore were the stuff of sheer telephatic alchemy. …. At a time when politicians and right wing media outlets continue to turbocharge public fears over adulterated cultures and crumbling borders, the Young Mothers personified the merits of international exchange.”

-Jazzwice / UK

“……. I could tell you that they’re so far ahead of what’s happening in jazz right now, that they’ve placed themselves light years ahead of everyone else. But I feel like you’ll realize that when you give this record a listen.”

– Free Press Houston

“Listen and hear how sophisticated limits are broken and shadows overjumped. All of this happens as nonchalant and playful that it will give you tears of joy in your eyes.”


“This is levitation music, good for dancing on your feet as well as in your head. A Mother’s Work Is Never Done sounds like an early candidate for my end-of-2014 top ten list!”

TheStashDauber / Dallas

“The Young Mothers are hydraulic pumpers. The album is a grenade in the head.”

– CD Journal / Japan

The Young Mothers – the brainchild of the Norwegianborn bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten  was formed 2012 in Austin Texas, the group’s debut album A Mothers Work is Never Done (Tektite Records-2014) been described as a creative-music pacesetter with its jack-out-of-the-box surprises ranging from grindcore injections to visionary hip-hop to spirited and moody takes on modern jazz and improv.

Along with the Austin-based Håker Flaten (The Thing, Atomic) and guitarist Jonathan Horne, a member of the famed White Denim and Steve Albini-engineered Plutonium Farmers, The Young Mothers’ Texas contingent includes saxophonist Jason Jackson, a centerpiece of Houston’s productive improvised music community, a member of the wildly eclectic and always evolving fusion collective FREE RADICALS, and who has played with Leroy Jenkins, Pauline Oliveros, and William Parker; trumpeter and rapper Jawwaad Taylor, a Houston native well known for his solo efforts as JAWWAAD and who recently relocated from New York City to his hometown, but not before performing and collaborating with Jay-Z and MF DOOM; and Dallas-based drummer/vibe man Stefan Gonzalez son of jazz heavyweight Dennis Gonzales, whose powerful chops can be heard in countless jazz and noise/grind projects, Stefan also just released his first solo full lenght LP as ORGULLO PRIMITIVO. Rounding out the lineup – a first-ballot-inductee-intothe-hall-of-fame-type collection of musicians – is Frank Rosaly, a Chicago-stationed percussionist who’s played nationally and internationally with the integrals, such as Peter Brötzmann, Jeff Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Thurston Moore and Louis Moholo.

The band released the critically acclaimed debut album (A Mothers Work Is Never Done) in March 2014 on Ingebrigt’s own imprint Tektite Records which made heavy remarks worldwide for its highly original music. The band done two North American tours (December 2012 and January 2014) and one Norwegian tour (March 2015). They’ve played renowned European Jazzfestivals like Saalfelden International Jazzfestival in Austria (Aug, 2014), Jazz Em Agosto in Lisbon/Portugal (Aug 2015), Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland (Oct 2015), and they did three nights at the Sonic Transmissions Festival in Austin (Sept 2015).

The Toung Mothers are now working on their next album and two European tours for 2016 (May and October).


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“The concert at Klubben/Studentersamfundet was a display of musical prowess, but primarily in how such skills can trigger creativity. And maybe the most impressive with the concert was Håker Flaten’s ability to put together a band which to the degrees could manifest his musical visions.” Trygve Lundemo/Addressavisen (March 2015)

“Those who made the trip to the Cultural Center in Oppdal Saturday night, got to experience a concert full of energy and dominated by virtuosity and true joy of playing. The band touched everything from pure jazz, with influences from both metal rock (with vocal growling), punk and hiphop (with several rap sequences) to afrobeat, to mention some.” – Morgan Frelsøy/OPP (March 2015)

“The young mothers, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and five (male) musicians from Texas, had left the baby carriage and turned out the light in the child’s room when they captured Vossahallen Friday night. For the ferocity they let loose was not something for the faint hearted children. The young mothers gave everything and would not stop until the vibraphone was destroyed and all the strings were hanging dead around the neck of the guitar. The audience shouts ecstatically until last tone rings out and we, the new kids to The Young Mothers, walks out into the Vossa night with our hair standing straight up in excitement.” – (March 2015)

“Mad complete and beautiful music at @nextbop SXSW event right now. These cats from Austin sound like a Saharan metal band with jazz instruments. NEW music! -blog post from our SXSW performance at El Sapo (March 2014)

“Ingebrigt Håker Flaten reminds us that jazz is the musical equivalent of a dark star, a musical black hole, absorbing all musical energy and classifications. Sure, let’s not call this jazz, because it would alienate 99% of fans. But jazz, in truth, it is.” – Marc Corroto/All About Jazz

“An unpredictable and challenging set from serious players who have earned the epithet “heavy hitters” and are out to prove it to a frightening extent. One suspects a live gig by these bruisers would be pretty intense.” – The Sound Projector

“Listen and hear how sophisticated limits are broken and shadows overjumped. All of this happens as nonchalant and playful that it will give you tears of joy in your eyes.” -Freistil/Austria

“This album should be the biggest business card that help The Young Mothers to be invited to all the jazz clubs and international festivals next year, having a certain respect for themselves. Just brilliant!” –

“If a mother’s work is unfortunately never done, the work of these men is so shining that it really slips from sun to sun.” – Chain D.L.K.

“Once you get past what you do or don’t expect from this band, you can relax and appreciate. It goes at it and succeeds by taking the music to places that feel right, with conviction and fire. It is cutting-edge yet it incorporates something of what is happening outside the realms of free music in the insular sense. That’s healthy when it works. It works.” – Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog

“The sextet has set out to not only blur genre barriers but smash them to pieces. A band that combines jazz, indie rock, hip hop, surf rock, and soul—sometimes within one movement of one piece—can only be regarded as an entity beyond classification.” – Cory Perla/

“It’s sort of like a hybrid between mike dillon band, frank zappa, ornette coleman, atoms for peace, death grips, charles mingus, some symphonic metal i’m not well-versed enough to reference…’re going to be overwhelmed either way, but some of you will find it to be extraordinarily rewarding, as opposed to off-puttingly disorienting and chaotic.” – Jared Buchsbaum

“I’ve enjoyed blasting this on my car stereo with the sunroof open. It’s a jolt of energy that gets you going before work, that’s for sure. And it’s a helluva lot of fun.” – Improvised(

“This is levitation music, good for dancing on your feet as well as in your head. A Mother’s Work Is Never Done sounds like an early candidate for my end-of-2014 top ten list!” – Ken Shimamoto/TheStashDauber

“The Young Mothers are hydraulic pumpers. The album is a grenade in the head.” — Mark Rappaport/CD- Journal (Japan)

“The Young Mothers is the coolest sound to come out of Austin since the punk scene of the 80s. ” – Chris Brown/Austin

“The music of The Young Mothers is a fanfare. Anyone with ears is invited to the parade. Raw funk sits at the center of their music like Buddha on a bamboo leaf. When they add in staticky, pitched feedback fuzz and screaming horns, you realize you’ve got a full ensemble that both knows how to party, and knows how to behave smartly. No matter how deranged things might appear for a moment, you can hear the thinking that guarantees a smooth landing, no sinking.” -Andrew Choate/

“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

“The group’s debut album, A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite), situates excursions into hip-hop, hard rock, and even traditional Ugandan folk within a charged free-jazz context. Trumpeter Jawwad Taylor proves himself a strong rapper and trumpeter; he joins saxophonist and fellow Houstonian Jason Jackson on the strong front line, sometimes fleshed out by the nimble vibraphone of Stefan Gonzalez, son of noted Dallas trumpeter Dennis (at other times he switches to a second drum kit). Guitarist Jonathan Horne is something of a wild card, his raucous noise acting as a universal binding agent between the album’s free-jazz foundation and its various genre exercises—he’s largely responsible for the mooky rap-rock feel of “Wells, the Original,” but he lends a lovely moody atmosphere to the Benjamin Britten theme used in Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander.” —Peter Margasak/Chicago Reader

Our album made it to a couple of best-of lists in Italy and Japan as well :

CD Journal Best of 2014

Blow Up Best of 2014












Past tour dates :

31/10.2015 – Tampere Jazzfestival, Finland

10, 11 & 12.2015 – Sonic Transmissions Festival, Austin TX


Norwegian Tour (together with Møster!), March 2015

19/03 – Arendal Kulturhus/Arendal

20/03 – Victoria Teater/Oslo

21/03 – Oppdal Kulturhus/Oppdal

24/03 – Jernvaren/Hemnes Jazzforum/Hemnes

25/03 – Sinus/Stormen Kulturhus/Bodø

26/03 – Klubben/Samfundet/Trondheim

27/03 – Vossasalen, Vossa Jazz/Voss


29/08.2014 – Saalfelden International Jazzfestival

13/03.2014 – SXSW Album release party (El Sapo and Lit Lounge), Austin TX


North American tour, 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)


North American tour, December 2012

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)

27/01/2012 – Skinnys Ballroom/Austin TX

18/02/2012 – MECCA/Houston TX

17/03/2011 – SXSW – The Young Mothers (with Stian Westerhus) debut concert, The Hideout/Austin TX

In January and February 2012 we played our debut gigs as the present personell 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.

Sonic Transmissions poster by Mason McFee:

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Poster for our Norwegian tour 2015 by Kjetil Bransdal:


Poster for our North American tour 2014 by Ragnar Aalbu:


Poster for our North American tour 2012 by Ragnar Aalbu: