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Asger Thomsen

Asger Thomsen is a double bass player and composer in the field of improvised music with and without notated material. Thomsen has established himself as a strong improvisor in the Copenhagen scene and can be heard in many different contexts spanning from alternative pop to free/experimental jazz and avant-garde. He toured in Denmark, Poland, and USA and has been working with prominent names such as Kresten Osgood, Kasper Tranberg, Christian Kyhl, Eliot Cardinoux, Pandelis Karayorgis, and many others.

Mia Dyberg

The berlin-based saxophonist Mia Dyberg plays in the fields of Jazz and free improvisation. Her unique melodic expression emerges from sound experiments & scandinavian melancholy. She composes for Mia Dyberg Trio which plays free jazz inspired by Burroughs. Clean Feed Records released Ticket! which was reviewed by jazz magazines such as 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine [USA]. She is a steady member of the dadaistic improv-collective Klub Demboh, playing with Axel Dörner and Tristan Honsinger every Monday. ‘Mia Dyberg is a saxophonist who is well inside the free improvised. But not without having “head and tail” in what she does. Dyberg’s playing is controlled and easy-to-grasp. She has full control of the free but also has a good sense for jazz history’ – Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts.

Steve Heather

Steve Heather (AU-DE) drums, percussion, electronics, composer, performance and installation maker based in Berlin. Born in Melbourne Australia Steve studied improvisation at the Victoria College of the Arts and theater studies at Das Arts/Amsterdam. Steve Heather's current music projects/bands vary from avant guard, free jazz to noise, drone rock and prog fitness disco and include: THE STILL, SHELTER and THE SPLITTER ORCHESTRA. His music has been described as the breeding ground between progressive landscape gardening, psychic carpentry and a instructional ritual finesse DVD. He is interested in the repetitive acoustic territories of every day life informing his and others sonic agency. His music is riddled with noise and rapture, sudden links an resonances, offered assistances and conflicts of interest.

Ticket! released on Clean Feed

LISTEN TO TICKET! 2018 Ticket! by Mia Dyberg Trio

LISTEN TO LIVE IN OSLO 2020 Live in Oslo by Mia Dyberg Trio



DownBeat Magazine November 2018 Digital Edition p.61. Reviewed by Bill Meyer

Bebop inspired beat authors to invest their writing with more rhythm, soul, spontaneity and unpredictability. Now, the Mia Dyberg Trio, a collection of Danish and Norwegian musicians with strong connections to Berlin’s improvised music scene, brings things back around by claiming the influence of beat writer William S. Burroughs. In addition to working through the varied dimensions of his oeuvre, Burroughs was a vivid performer, a serpentine narrator, a bone-dry comic and an unsparing truth-teller.

The trio’s music, whether composed by alto saxophonist Dyberg and bassist Asger Thomsen or collectively improvised, matches its inspira- tion with impact and clearly has the edge when it comes to lucidity.

Thomsen has a strong instinct for structure, which ensures direction and cohesiveness, even during the music’s most free-flowing moments.The saxophonist’s adroit phrasing and tonalflexibility express a variety of moods and tex- tures quite clearly, and her melodic imagination ensures that each gesture lands with emotion. “Party Ist Vorbei” captures the reflective mel-ancholy one might experience when a long eve- ning’s fun winds down; “Claws Out” stretches and twists with feline elasticity. Ultimately, it matters less that one can spot the literary influence here than the music suc- ceeding on its own merits. With its strong writ- ing, responsive interaction and expressive play- ing, the trio delivers. —Bill Meyer


Review Ticket! DownBeat DownBeat Magazine

Danish alto saxophonist Mia Dyberg is a bracing and exciting musician who uses the influence of William Burroughs to create a memorable and thought provoking album of free jazz. She is in fine company with Asger Thomsen on bass and Dag Magnus Narvesen on drums. “Ticket” begins the album with raw saxophone and bass in open space, probing the silence for an opening. The drums crash in and the music lunges forward in a predatory fashion, building to an exciting collective improvisation of thick elastic bass, ripe saxophone and drums. The music becomes very exciting with gales of saxophone pushing the band forward relentlessly amidst thrashing percussion and stoic bass. There is a swooping and free sounding nature to “Wil’s Swing” with long tones of saxophone against deft bass playing, though the entry of the drums is the cue to unleash the full power of the trio, with Dyberg’s rending howls approaching Pharoah Sanders territory, and her inventive use of sounds that are released from restraint makes this track particularly thrilling. There is a rattling, clanking drum feature akin to controlled chaos that is tethered to the saxophone by the unflappable bass planing. “Mia’s Pulse” continues mining this vast sound the trio achieves, as she leaps with abandon along with the bowed bass and drums creating waves of sound that course forward from the band. Another short track, “Claws Out” is a potent collective improvisation that gives each member equal footing in a sharp blast of concentrated energetic free jazz. “Topical” builds its own majestic pace through strong interplay between deeply toned alto saxophone, tight bass and drumming that opens a subtle pocket which is perfect for exploration. The longest performance on the album, “The First Track,” is among its most memorable, with the group developing a firm rhythmic foundation that allows for unrestrained expression by each member and the trio as a whole. Dyberg gets a rich and emotional tone from her instrument which gives her a unique sound while the bass playing is thick and powerful, and the drumming free ranging and unpredictable. The music gradually builds becoming faster and stronger as the group whips up a frenzy of resonant improvisation, dynamically moving between full out blowing and abstract improvisation. The album ends with the blistering act of free fun called “How Do You Know When You Are Through?” where they through caution into the wind for an all out blast that abruptly cuts off as if they had reached orbital velocity and slipped the bonds of Earth entirely. Ticket! –

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Review Ticket! Tim Niland / Jazz And Blues Blogspot

‘Everything is within a searching, loose rhythmic and melodic framework in the tradition of the European free-jazz tradition with strong roots both in England and perhaps in particular Germany. We have three listeners and empathic musicians that play together well, through listening and not staying alone, but with the collective, at the center’. Excerpt from: 


Review Ticket! & Interweaving by Schlippenbach/Narvesen Duo Tor Hammerø

‘The young generation of ‘free’ musicians can build on their predecessors’ achievements. They are free(d) to
switch between different modes of playing and create
their own voice, throws and furrow of sound and music:
highly energetic, bold, subtle, wild, melodic, far out, far in, visceral and emergence of deep groove ….’

Copenhagen Jazz Festival mentioning Henning Bolte/All About Jazz
 ‘(…)Vi får noen up-tempo-låter som kan minne litt om Henry Threadgills AIR-trio, mens andre ting er helt nedpå og i den mye mer frilynte delen av jazzskalaen. Men hele tiden låter det fint. Mia Dyberg er en original altsaksofonist, som har gode ideer både i det kompositoriske og i improvisasjonene. Thomsen har en nydelig «stemme» i bassen, og Narvesen utfyller de to på en eminent måte.

En trio man skal følge videre!’



Ticket! Review Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts

‘Mia Dyberg er en saksofonist som er godt inne i det fritt improviserende. Men ikke uten at det både er «hode og hale» i det hun gjør. (…) jeg synes Dybergs spill er mer kontrollert og oversiktlig enn noen av de andre. Hun har full kontroll på det frie, men har også jazzhistorien godt inne, og bruker dette friskt i samspill med den utmerkede vokalisten Kamilla Kovacs. Settet de gjorde denne kvelden besto av frie strekk, men også partier med klart strukturerte og planlagte øyeblikk, og sett under ett, var dette en strålende åpning på fin kveld på 5e’.…/juleavslutning-uten-julesanger-pa…/

5e concert review Jan Granlie - Salt Peanuts

’I really don’t want to call “The Mia Dyberg Trio” by that name. Because, for me, this unit transcends any standard format or name. So, for the sake of these words, I will just call them…..

The Eyelash Butterfly

The Electric Fisherman

and The Big Boom

Together, they create. And this world of creation is happening from the moment sound escapes their instruments, until the final curtain falls. This world is a special world. With exactitudes. Liberties. Emotions and beaucoup listening going on!

Treat yourself to their chemistry and you will be glowing for weeks afterwards.’- Greg Cohen

Greg Cohen: ‘The Eyelash Butterfly The Electric Fisherman and The Big Boom’

‘I don’t know how Mia Dyberg does it, but many times you forget that it’s a saxophone she is playing. It is so much more than that’

Lisa Appelqvist – Kristianstadbladet

‘Both Dyberg and Robertson utilized a range of ancillary sound-making devices and techniques, stretching into AACM/CMIF/ BAG-inspired passages of deep conversation, playful chatter and bluesy storytelling’

Clifford Allen – New York City Jazz Record

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