Gareth Davis & Julie Mittens

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The Dutch band Julie Mittens are a hermetic experimental/freejazz/rock trio taking cues as equally from Japanese noise and free improv as from psychedelic rock and experimental blues, playing improvisations that are energetic, dynamic and intuitive. As The Wire’s David Keenan wrote, they are “still the greatest contemporary European guitar psych group”. Formed in 2002, the current line-up consists of bass player Michel van Dam, drummer Leo Fabriek and guitar player Martin Luiten. In 2012, following a series of improvised shows, Austrian composer Peter Ablinger wrote his ‘Black Series, 10 Stücke für Rock Band’ for Gareth Davis and the Julie Mittens, the first part of an ongoing venture between Gareth and the trio working with and reinterpreting the works of composers including Alvin Lucier, Stockhausen, Elliott Sharp and James Tenney. “The result was this year’s most intriguing and succesful genre-crossing collaboration” wrote The Wire about the Ablinger world premiere.