Mette Rasmussen Trio North

Danish reedist Mette Rasmussen has been an explosive force on the international free improv scene, but she launched this new trio to focus on her compositional practice. Melody meets pure fire, fuelled by a rhythm section of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Chris Corsano.

Mette Rasmussen playing expressively on the saxophone

Mette Rasmussen Trio North

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Mette Rasmussen Trio North

(DK, NO, US)

Trondheim-based Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen has been one of the most exciting and fiery figures to emerge from improvised music circles over the last decade. She is a musician of remarkable power and agility who has consistently found ways to tailor her astringent blowing to ever-shifting contexts. Last year she expanded her practice by forming Trio North, shifting from pure improvisation to tune-based performance—after taking composition lessons online from the great Israeli conductor and musician Ilan Volkov. The trio includes the veteran bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten—a frequent Jazzfest Berlin participant, who will also perform with Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra on Sunday—and the young drummer Veslemøy Narvesen. Over the last year they have developed their repertoire patiently, revealing a more lyric, narrative side to Rasmussen’s practice. Unfortunately, due to scheduling difficulties Narvesen is unable to join the trio for this concert, but the good news is that filling in will be the powerful American drummer Chris Corsano, who has deep ties to Rasmussen, through regular work as an improvising duo and to Håker Flaten, as member of the trio Icepick with trumpeter Nate Wooley.


Mette Rasmussen saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass
Chris Corsano drums