European jazz/rock The Thing at Meaty Festival in Kelowna

Meat On The Bone concert brings improvised music to Kelowna's Habitat, June 17, 23 and 27.

The Thing

European free jazz/garage rock trio The Thing and Norwegian quartet Cortex will be making their first ever concert appearances in the Okanagan on June 23 at The Habitat in Kelowna.

The concert is part of Meat On The Bone: A Three Course ‘Feastival’ of Improvised Music, presented by the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its second year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award-nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Renowned Scandinavian power trio The Thing (Mats Gustafsson on saxes, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums) have established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups in the world today. They perform their own compositions as well as freely borrowing from the canons of PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, The Stooges and The Ex.

After nearly 1,000 concerts around the globe, six studio albums and collaborative releases with Neneh Cherry and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, The Thing unleashed their seventh album SHAKE in 2015. With dedicated fans in the rock, noise and jazz communities The Thing uncompromisingly maintains an important position in the contemporary independent music world.

CortexAlso on the bill is Cortex: Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, Ola Høyer on bass and Gard Nilssen on drums. Somewhat cerebral like their namesake, this Norwegian quartet offers a corpus callosum between the spirited free jazz of Ornette Coleman and a more modern improvisational hard bop.

More music June 17 & 27 at Habitat

With sponsorship from The Habitat, the Meat On The Bone festival also includes performances from the Italian ensemble Jooklo Duo with Stanley Zappa on June 17 and USA master drummer Chris Corsano with local saxophonist Darren Williams on June 27.

Habitat doors open at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m. on June 23 for the Skin and Bones Music Series’ Meat On The Bone festival. The Habitat is located at 248 Leon Avenue in downtown Kelowna.

Admission is $22 and ($20 for Alternator members when bought at the Alternator Gallery) at the door or in advance at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street, Mosaic Books on Bernard Avenue, the Alternator and online at

Meat On The Bone festival passes are $35 ($30 for Alternator members at the gallery).

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, 421 Cawston Ave.

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