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The three members of Shitney Spears are all intensely familiar with each other, having previously crisscrossed in various musical constellations including Pistol No. 9, Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe, and Television Pickup. Shitney was born in early 2015 with the purpose of creating new and uncompromising music on a contrasting acoustic/electric sound plane.
Here are three women who are all, in their own ways, on the fringe of musical normality. They are not afraid of choosing paths that can hurt one way or another, to both listener and musician alike. The music is sometimes unsettling, then giving way to gentle and symphonic passages. They create an unpredictable mix of the concrete and abstract, using beats and samples, as well as synthetic and organic sounds. Recently, the use of black & white visual aids has become a new variable, which deepens Shitney’s musical universe with yet another contrasting dimension.
MARIA FAUST SACRUM FACERE
MARIA FAUST – alto sax & clarinet
FRANCESCO BIGONI – clarinet
NED FERM – tenor sax & clarinet
TOBIAS WIKLUND – trumpet
MADS HYHNE – trombone
JONATAN AHLBOM – tuba
EMANUELE MANISCALCO –piano
KRISTI MÜHLING – kannel
Maria Faust Sacrum Facere, is a song cycle written for brass ensemble, three woodwinds, prepared piano and kannel (an Estonian folk harp played by plucking strings with the fingers). The music is inspired by Estonian folklore and runo singing that comes from the Setu region, close to the Russian border. The movements in the cycle are written specifically for the musicians in the group, catering to their unique and individual voices on their instruments.
Sacrum Facere can be described as a synthesis of two of Faust’s passions: classical composition and free improvisation.
MARIA FAUST JAZZ CATASTROPHE
Maria Faust: alto saxophone; Lars Greve: clarinet, tenor saxophone;
Sture Ericson: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet;
Henrik Pultz Melbye: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone;
Anna Juuliska Nykvist: flute, piccolo; Tobias Wiklund: trumpet;
Kasper Tranberg: trumpet; Jens Kristian Bang: trombone; Kristian Tangvik: tuba;
Qarin Wikström: voice, omnichord, electronics; Adam Pultz Melbye: double bass;
Nils Bo Davidsen: double bass; Stephan Sieben: guitar; Morten Pedersen: piano;
Håkon Berre: drums.
Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe is a modern contemporary big band that involves 6-15 musicians from Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. The music lies on the borders of many different music styles- jazz, rock, pop, classical music and involves a good portion of free improvisation. It pays homage to the classic big band set up in that it includes both woodwinds and brass, but is smaller than a typical big band.
Maria Faust, who uses in her music new instrumental techniques, minimalistic harmony and strong rhythmical figures, uniting fully composed parts with open improvisation. Maria Faust is the multiple winner of Danish Music Awards Jazz 2014 in categories “Composer of the Year” and “Cross-over Album of the Year”