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TONIGHT: Young Mothers at Hallwalls

Young Mothers

8pm Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694 / FREE ($10-15 suggested donation)

1549274_10152125975346772_1924669510_nWhether he’s playing a standard Fender P-bass, a stand-up acoustic double bass, or something in between, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is always finding ways to coax new grooves from his four-stringed instruments. The Norwegian bassist’s most recent project is a band called Young Mothers, a partnership with a group of musicians from Austin, Texas, Houston, and Chicago. The sextet, which includes drummers Frank Rosaly and Stefan Gonzalez, saxophonist Jason Jackson, trumpeter and rapper Jawwaad Taylor and guitarist Jonathan Horne, has set out to not only blur genre barriers but smash them to pieces. A band that combines jazz, indie rock, hip hop, surf rock, and soul—sometimes within one movement of one piece—can only be regarded as an entity beyond classification. Diversity is the key to unlocking those new grooves. Over his 20-year-long career Flaten has performed as bandleader of a variety of different groups including the Thing, Free Fall, and Atomic. Young Mothers’ highly anticipated debut record, A Mother’s Work Is Never Done, is a hip hop heavy project featuring Taylor, who shines as a gifted rapper and trumpet player. For Flaten, hip hop is an ideal foundation that allows him to explore the deeply funky aspects of his bass playing, while still allowing room for the entire band to delve into the type of abstract, improvisational free jazz sounds that his former projects have focused on. Known as “The Man with the Bass” Flaten and his band Young Mothers will kick off Hallwalls’ 40th year of art and music on Monday (Jan 20) at 8pm.

– cory perla