Interview with Mats Gustafsson and Christof Kurzmann
Mats Gustafsson is a Swedish saxophone player, composer, and improviser. Gustafsson works on the boundaries of noise, electronica, contemporary rock, and free jazz, as well as contemporary dance and theatre production. He performs solo and in various all-star impro projects. He has gone on international tours with artists including Peter Brötzmann, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark, and bands Sonic Youth, The Thing, Sonore, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz, and Nash Kontroll. He also plays in larger formations such as the Barry Guy New Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, and NU – ensemble. Christof Kurzmann is a Vienna-born autodidact, occasional conductor, genre omnivore and musician active in electropop, improvisation, and new music. He has performed on every continent except Australia. He also organises diverse events in music and media. Kurzmann is curator of the small independent label Charhizma, a platform for musicians from all across the globe. His recent projects include El Infierno Musical, Harmolodic Affection, Made to Break, and Orchestra 33 1/3. He currently lives in Vienna and Buenos Aires.