Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen is about to begin a five-city tour of the United States. He will be traveling with the other members of his quartet, Tore Brunborg on tenor saxophone, Mats Eilertsen on bass, and Jarle Vespestad on drums. The performances will feature music from the group’s latest recording for ECM, Extended Circle, which was released at the beginning of this month.
The tour will conclude at the end of this month in San Francisco with a one-night engagement with SFJAZZ. Gustavsen takes a highly cerebral approach to jazz, making for a rather unique take on my interest in jazz that can be called “chamber music by other means.” To appropriate a phrase from Pauline Oliveros, it is music that requires “deep listening.” When I wrote about Extended Circle on my national site, I focused on its “sense of stasis.” This is a quality that has often been associated with the Zen-influenced music of John Cage; but the rhetoric of Gustavsen’s approach to jazz takes it in an entirely different direction that has Zen traits of its own.
The Tord Gustavsen Quartet will perform in the Miner Auditorium of the SFJAZZ Center in a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26. The venue is located at 201 Franklin Street, on the northwest corner of Fell Street. Tickets are $25 and $40 and may be purchased through the seat-selection Web page on the SFJAZZ Web site. Further information is available on the event page for this concert. SFJAZZ may be reached by telephone at 866-920-5299.