One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. Playing on March 10 at the Black Box are musical collective Dans Dans and Hedvig Mollestad Trio.
Featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). Dans Dans take the long tradition of twangy guitar-slingers mixing blues, jazz and early rock & roll and add a gothic stew of brooding melodies and voodoo rhythms. Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin.
Comparing musicians to forces of nature is often the first refuge of the uninspired, but it’s difficult to know how else to describe Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen. There’s something elemental about her guitar playing, the way it weaves and swoops between the bass of Ellen Brekken and the drums of Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, creating sonic currents and eddies in the air as she passes through. Since 2009 the Norwegian three piece has steadily released album after album to critical acclaim, meshing the boundaries between jazz, rock, throw-back, and sludgy blues. Live, their performances are something else; expansive moments, full of rhythmic textures, backed by the tight, kicking rhythm section. Check her trio out live here.