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Kasper Tom Christiansen

Kasper Tom belongs to the new generation of drummers who mix music from many genres and makes it his own. He graduated from the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Denmark, and lived and worked in Berlin from 2007-2010. Since 2006 he has been leading his own bands which include Rudi Mahall, Marek Kadziela and Mads la Cour. He released CDs on Stunt Records, WhyPlayJazz and Gateway Music with the bands Kran and QUARTz. He has played tours in Denmark, Poland, Germany and USA and played at festivals including Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Leverkusener Jazztage, Jazz w Ruinach and Jazz nad Odra, to name a few...
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Thomas Bjørnsten, Aarhus Stiftstidende (April 2011)

The Danish drummer Kasper Tom makes his debut with a strong, well-toured and precise, hard-hitting album, that in a wonderful and off-centered way unites Germany and Denmark. Tom has good connections to the neighboring country south of the border, which explains the appearances of the Berlin based saxophone-comet Philipp Gropper and Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet. Moreover, the eminent bass player Andreas Lang provides Tom with great support. The group freely sets out from modern, experimental jazz and finds a consistently, captivating combination of abstract improv and hard-swinging interplay ” not least thanks to Tom himself. At more times the individual tracks offer downright outstanding solos, played at a really high level. It is extremely competent and imaginative, but also acquires an open-minded listener, when the most avantgardistic elements fill the sound scape. 5 stars (out of 6). --

Alex Henderson (April 2011)

But for those who do comprehend avant-garde jazz, it can be quite a pleasure to hear left-of-center musicians playing the type of music they enjoy instead of catering to a program director or a marketing department. And that play-what-you-feel-in-your-gut ethos is very much at work on this self-titled album by Fusk, a European avant-garde jazz quartet consisting of leader Kasper Tom Christiansen (who is from Denmark and writes most of the material) on drums, Berlin-born Philipp Gropper on sax, Denmark native Andreas Lang on upright bass and German-born Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet (...) Saying that Fusk would rather reflect and contemplate than confront is not to say that this album is without passion. There are plenty of passionate moments here. But the thing is that when Fusk decides to blow off some steam at times, they will build up to it rather than giving the listener scorching chaos from start to finish. There are some chaotic moments on “Eins Zwei Polizei,” “Ein Kopf Kaffe, Bitte” and the quirky “The Attack of the Überpea,” but it isn’t the sort of nonstop chaos and relentless sensory assault that the more extreme artists in jazz’ avant-garde are known for. Nuance is not a mere afterthought on this album, but an integral part of what Fusk do. And it should also be noted that Christiansen, Gropper, Lang and Mahall have a strong sense of teamwork on this album. The four of them are very much in sync, and together, they achieve a genuine group sound; they give the impression that they went into the studio with a sense of purpose.

Ostseeblog über FUSK (Februar 2008)

… also was die Bassklarinette für Töne von sich gibt, während der Mann mit den Gummibeinen hineinbläst, ist unglaublich, ekstatisch, schräg, irgendwie hätte John Cage seine Freude dran gehabt. Wir natürlich erst recht. Einfach wunderbar … Denn wenn die Bassklarinette und das Saxophon das melancholische gemeinsam ihrem melodischen Rhythmus folgen, bläst es den ZuhörerInnen die Perücke weg … Rhythmisches Zusammenspiel, phantasievolle, manchmal melancholische Soli, schräge Töne: Was will man mehr.

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