This week the UK tour of Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket rolls into London for a headline show at the Southbank Centre‘s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Berglund is formally of E.S.T., the renowned avant-jazz ensemble that was forced to disband after the premature death, in 2008, of their leader Esbjörn Svensson. Looking for a new direction and outlet for his talents, bassist Erglund founded Tronbuket, ensliting the services of Johan Lindström (guitar), Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Martin Hederos (piano) and Andreas Werliin (drums).

Tonbruket, which is also the title of the group’s debut album, is the Swedish expression for a workshop or factory that produces tones. “We really liked the sound of it – and then, our tiny four-men factory also researches and produces. We produce tones that together hopefully result in good music”.  This music touches on ambient, prog and psychedelia, with bass very much foregrounded.

If you’d like to win tickets for the London show, e-mail your name and the word ‘Tonbruket’ to

Tonbruket tour dates:

Sat 13 Mar EDINBURGH The Queen’s Hall
Mon 15 Mar LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall / Southbank Centre
Thu 25 Mar MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
Fri 26 Mar NOTTINGHAM Lakeside
Sat 27 Mar GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead
Sun 28 Mar SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims Concert Hall
Mon 29 Mar MILTON KEYNES The Stables
Wed 31 Mar BARNSTAPLE The Queens Theatre
Thu 1 Apr  BRISTOL St George’s Bristol

Also on tour this week is Nik Bärtsch and his Ronin quintet. Led by pianist/composer Bärtsch, Ronin’s personnel features Kaspar Rast (drums), Björn Meyer (bass), Andi Pupato (percussion) and Sha (bass/contrabass clarinet), and together they deliver a polyrhythmic cocktail inspired equally by John Cage and James Brown. Bärtsch speaks of the band’s way of working as a “spiral continuum” rather than the newness-at-all-costs priorities of the Western avant-garde. The band have just released an album on the legendary ECM label. You can catch them on the following dates:

Tue 9 Mar
MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
Wed 10 Mar
GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead
Thu 11 Mar
BRISTOL St George’s Bristol
Fri 12 Mar



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