Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, who commutes easily between free jazz,funk, hip-hop and rock. Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, he is an active collaborator with improvisers such as Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, Kent Kessler, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen-Love.
Norwegian drummer Tollef Østvang is a key figure in Trondheim’s jazz
environment, and has established himself in recent years as an active musician at
home and abroad. He collaborates frequently with improvisers like Joe McPhee,
John Dikeman and Martin Küchen. Over the past few years he has established a close connection to the Chicago scene.
In Spring 2017, they teamed up for a series of shows in the US, EU & Scandinavia. As heard on their new live recording “Painted Pillars”, from Artacts ‘17 in St. Johann,Austria, the collaboration is a powerful, spontaneous and unpredictable duo constantly searching for new and unheard musical landscapes.
Spring 2018 reunites the Mars Williams/Tollef Østvang Duo with a tour that starts
in Vienna, and continues to Norway and the US.