Nu Ensemble is a free improvising group originating from Sweden, started in 1988. Nu Ensemble was part of the building up of the Swedish free improvised music scene in the late 80´s. A scene that became one of the strongest in Europa with names like Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Christian Munthe, David Stackenäs and the members of Nu Ensemble. “The members of Nu Ensemble are extremely well matched: the group includes three of the Swedish Improv scene´s leading performers, Mats Gustafsson (reeds), Sten Sandell (piano), Raymond Strid (drums). While essentially an example of trio improvising, the longest piece, ”Any warranty Of”, also offers the chance to hear Gustafsson and Sandell produce persuasive solo contributions…. Strids drumming is never less than brilliant fleet, yet somehow restrained, spacious, and alive with tiny metallic nuances. Authoritative collective improvising you cant afford to miss.” Chris Blackford, Wire Mag.
“Das Trio (Sten Sandell, Mats Gustafsson, Raymond Strid) hat sich im Zusammenspiel enorm gesteigert, es entwickelt eine eigene, romantische, englische, expressive musik, es ist die Zukunft des Rock´n´Roll” Jazzthetik
“Gush, a Swedish trio…There are of course many moments where the music is a delight, working at its highest level, serving if you will as an appetizer to other performances.” Coda Magazine
Nu Ensemble has collaborated with Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Günther Christmann, Sven-Åke Johansson, Phil Wachsmann, Chrinstine Abdelnour and others Tours and projects in North America and Europa
Ulrichberg Kaleidophon; Antwerpen Free Music Festival; Copenhagen Jazzfestival; Bochum Ruhr Jazz Festival Aachen Eurigo Tage; Berlin Workshop Freie Musik; Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen; Vancouver Jazz Festival; Tampere Jazz Happening; Festival Internacional de Novas Músicas, Guarda, Portugal
Mats Gustafsson (sax, composition,conduction), Sten Sandell (keyboards, piano), Raymond Strid (drums), Nate Wooley (trumpets), Anders Nyqvist (trumpets), Jaap Blonk (vocal), Julien Desprez (guitar), Ken Vandermark (barisax), Mette Rasmussen (sax), Jamie Saft (organ, keyboards), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (electric bass), Morgan Agren (drums), Hedvig Mollestad (guitar), Bas Wiegers (conducted), Mikael Werliin (sound).