Mars Williams presents
The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas
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Mars Williams - saxophones, flutes, toys
Thomas Berghammer - trumpet
Knox Chandler - guitar, electronics
Christian Meaas Svendsen
- double bass
Klaus Kugel
- drums, percussions

Booking: Constanze Schliebs, +49 30 61285671

December 15, Oslo, Victoria - Nasjonal Jazzscene (NO)
December 16, Dortmund, Domicil (DE)
December 17, Dachau, Kultur-Schranne (DE)
December-18, Chemnitz, Neue Sächsische Galerie im Tietz (DE)
December 19, Magdeburg, Forum Gestaltung (DE)
December-20, Bonn, Kreuzung an Sankt Helena (DE)
December-21, Vienna, Martinschlössl (AT)
>>> more to come !!!

CD on NotTwo Records

Listen to the cd on bandcamp or here
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„The performances attest to how well the Ayler Xmas concept travels: The rhythm section brings a particularly muscular energy, and Chandler's effects-drenched guitar lights the music up like a Christmas tree. Williams and Branch tangle ferociously, but she also keeps him on track during a giddy recitation of "The Night Before Christmas.“ by Bill Meyer, December 2019, Chicago Reader

Past concerts
December-2/3, Zaporizhia, Metallurgov House Of Culture (UA)
December-4, Warsaw, Pardon To Tu (PL)
December-5, Villach, Kulturhof:keller (AT)
December-6, St. Johann, Alte Gerberei (AT)
December-7, Vienna, Blue Tomato (AT)
December-7, Berlin, Jazzkeller69 @ Aufsturz (DE)
December-8, Weikersheim, Klub W71 (DE)
December-9, Krakow, Alchemia (PL) (cd recording)

Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas
The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas

For many years Witches & Devils, the long-running Albert Ayler tribute band led by saxophonist Mars Williams, have existed mostly as an excuse to get together and perform an annual Chicago holiday concert.

For these memorable concerts, Williams merges a variety of Christmas songs with the indelible repertoire of free-jazz titan Ayler, who brought a scalding intensity to tunes rooted in gospel and spirituals. It may sound silly, but the performances are no joke, and they produce a seriously joyful noise. The band tackles warhorses like “O Tannenbaum” and “12 Days of Christmas” in the same smoldering fashion as their take on Ayler: the rhythm section bubbles and generates a kind of levitating intensity during the wonderfully expressive, multilinear theme statements, while the horns state familiar melodies in loose cries and the embellished lines of each player pull apart and coalesce in a naturalistic frenzy. Williams designs clever medleys that appropriate the pulse and feel of particular Ayler tunes as the band rips through a greatest-hits lineup of holiday tracks.

- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

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Mars Williams, Klaus Kugel, Mark Tokar, Jaimie Branch, Knox Chandler
in Zaporizhia, Ukraine

[photos by Bernd Scholkemper and Дмитри
й Краснокутский]