“Amok Amor is essential listening for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race and is wondering where to find a ray of hope.” – it’s a bold claim and one you can test for yourselves on Tuesday when this new quartet formed by double bass player Petter Eldh plays at the mac in Birmingham.
Eldh is best known in Britain as the bassist of Django Bates’ choice for the pianist’s Beloved trio, and has taken the bass chair once held by Jasper Høiby in the band of saxophonist Marius Neset. Originally from Sweden, he now lives in Berlin, which is where two more members of Amok Amor are also based, drummer Christian Lillinger (the author of that opening quote) and alto saxophonist Wanja Slavin. Completing the quartet is U.S. trumpeter Peter Evans.
Their mac concert is the first in a new initiative from jazz promoter Tony Dudley-Evans, in collaboration with free improv enthusiasts Fizzle. Tony told me he wanted with this and further TDE Promotions/Fizzle events, “to develop a theme of structure meeting improvisation with bands that move seamlessly between the two”.
About this specific band, Tony said:
“Each of the four members of Amok Amor have impressed me in the last year or so: Petter Eldh with Django Bates’ Beloved Bird and with Kit Downes; Christian Lillinger in various projects of his own in Berlin and at the South Tyrol festival; Peter Evans as the most exciting trumpeter to come out of the US for many years; and Wanja Slavin on projects with Christian Lillinger heard in Berlin. So four great individuals who combine very effectively in this group.”
Playing a support slot before Amok Amor will be Birmingham-based pianist Andrew Woodhead.
- Amok Amor can be heard in the mac’s intimate Hexagon space from 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 November. More details and booking are here.