Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK

Live Act Jazz Experimental Punk Avantgarde
Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK - Jazz Experimental Punk Avantgarde Live Act in Berlin

Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK Short Info

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain - the ebb and flow of an actuely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius' frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner's pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he's ever seen.

GORILLA MASK is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde. A collision of styles which form the key to the band's identity. This is bold, audacious 21st Century music writ huge, with innumerable influences and tendencies, gritty and urban, intellectual and ready to run a marathon.

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Praise for Gorilla Mask:

"Huffel and his crew, dubbed "Gorilla Mask," bring both the Brötzmann and the Black Flag in a tidy, compact package... Huffel’s more direct, confrontational method results in a thrash-jazz record that’s more purposeful, unpredictable and just plain fun. Huffel and Gorilla Mask have created the perfect gateway drug into acoustic jazz for Henry Rollins fans." (S. Victor Aaron - Something Else!, Nov. 2012)

""Bite My Blues is madness, but there’s a method to this madness. Van Huffel sets the parameters wide, encouraging flexibility amongst everyone and it works, because everyone is so attuned to everyone else. From a punk attitude comes jazz aptitude; Gorilla Mask does it again." (Something Else! Reviews, USA)

"Even in the sense of desperation of the destruction of nature, which is suggested by the sardonic name of the ensemble, the music of dissonance and atonality marked by the compositions on this recording would appear to be de rigueur. The screaming of Mr. Van Huffel’s alto saxophone, the mighty groans of Roland Fidezius’ bass and the incessant rattling of the drums, and the snap and crackle of the cymbals and other percussion at the hands of Rudi Fischerlehner would suggest that something of that order is going on in the soulful depths of this trio. This makes for music that is not only beautifully terrifying, but significant as well..." (Raul da Gama, "Jazz da Gama" 2014)

"Peter Van Huffel, Saxophon, Roland Fidezius, Bass, Effekte, und Rudi Fischerlehner ... erzeugen bei „Bite my Blues“ eine, gerade in letzter Zeit beispiellose, Free Jazz Kraft, die wunderbar mit Funk und Blues durchzogen ist, dass den Hörern das Herz vor Freude fast aus der Brust hüpfen muss." (Christian Bakonyi - Concerto Magazin Österreich)

"Hier bläst (Peter Van Huffel) auf seinem Altosaxophon, als wäre der Spirit von Brötzmann auf Black Flag übergesprungen. Nennt es Punk Jazz, Metal Jazz oder Thrash Jazz, ich nenne es Fire Music." (Bad Alchemy, Deutschland)

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain - the ebb and flow of an actuely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding th...

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Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK on Tour

  • 09 | 03 | 2017 Berlin, Germany Schokoladen (double-bill with LED BIB)
  • 13 | 03 | 2017 Vienna, Austria Porgy & Bess (double-bill with LED BIB)
  • 17 | 03 | 2017 Bielefed, Germany Bunker Ulmenwall
  • 21 | 03 | 2017 Prague, Czech Republic Jazz Dock
  • 28 | 09 | 2017 Nürnberg, Germany Z-Bau
  • 29 | 09 | 2017 Münster, Germany Black Box / Cuba
  • 13 | 10 | 2017 Graz, Austria Stockwerk Jazz

Past Gigs Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK

  • 11 | 2016 Maasmechelen, Belgium CC Maasmechelen w/ Teun Verbruggen's BOAT
  • 11 | 2016 Berlin, Germany Jazzkeller 69 w/ Teun Verbruggen's BOAT
  • 11 | 2016 Husum, Germany Kulturkeller
  • 07 | 2016 Berlin, Germany Schokoladen Hoffest
  • 06 | 2016 Berlin, Germany West Germany w/ Samuel Blaser Trio
  • 02 | 2016 Schokoladen, Berlin GORILLA MASK + LA TOURETTE
  • 11 | 2015 Warsaw, Poland 12/14 Jazz Club
  • 11 | 2015 Tarzo, Italy Cantina Cenci
  • 11 | 2015 Rome, Italy Dal Verme
  • 11 | 2015 Bilbao, Spain Jazz Club Bilbaina
  • 11 | 2015 Barcelona, Spain Bar Robadors
  • 08 | 2015 Budapest, Germany Ujbuda Jazz Festival, A38 Ship
  • 05 | 2015 Lärz, Germany Fusion Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Jazzkeller 69, Berlin GORILLA MASK with friends
  • 04 | 2015 Jazzkeller 69, Berlin GORILLA MASK with friends
  • 04 | 2015 Maison du Jazz, Liege BE GORILLA MASK
  • 03 | 2015 Krakow, Poland PiecArt Jazz Club
  • 01 | 2015 Gladhouse, Cottbus GORILLA MASK
  • 10 | 2014 Kunstfabrik-Schlot, Berlin GORILLA MASK with Special Guest Matthias Schubert
  • 09 | 2014 Jazzclub Erfurt GORILLA MASK
  • 09 | 2014 Jazzclub Nordhausen GORILLA MASK
  • 09 | 2014 Paradox, Tilburg NL GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2014 SMUP, Parede PT GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2014 Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid ES GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2014 Repulica da Musica, Lissabon PT GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2014 Salao Brazil, Coimbra PT GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2014 West Germany, Berlin GORILLA MASK CD Release Concert
  • 05 | 2014 Schokoladen, Berlin GORILLA MASK + Bulbul (AT)
  • 02 | 2014 de Casino, Sint Niklaas BE GORILLA MASK
  • 02 | 2014 de Werf, Brugges BE GORILLA MASK
  • 01 | 2014 Jazzclub Tonne, Dresden GORILLA MASK
  • 01 | 2014 Manufaktur, Schorndorf GORILLA MASK
  • 10 | 2013 Kunstlerwerkstatt, Pfaffenhofen GORILLA MASK
  • 10 | 2013 Kunsthaus Nexus, Saalfelden AT GORILLA MASK
  • 06 | 2013 Kanada Tour (21.06-10.07.2013) GORILLA MASK
  • 03 | 2013 Handelsbeurs, Gent BE GORILLA MASK
  • 01 | 2013 Stockwerk Jazz, Graz AT GORILLA MASK
  • 01 | 2013 Porgy & Bess, Wien AT GORILLA MASK
  • 01 | 2013 Jazzclube Unterfahrt GORILLA MASK

Discography Peter Van Huffel's GORILLA MASK

  • 2017 IRON LUNG Album | Clean Feed Records
  • 2014 Bite My Blues Album | Clean Feed Records (PT)
  • 2012 HOWL! Album | Between the Lines (DE)

Media

  • Video “Chained” - Gorilla Mask (f...
  • Video Gorilla Mask 'Before I Die'
  • Video Gorilla Mask 'Hammerhead'
  • Video Gorilla Mask - Dirty City -...
  • Sound Hammerhead (Sample)
  • Sound Iron Lung (Sample)
  • Sound Chained (bonus track - comp...
  • Sound THUMP! (Sample)
  • Sound Skunk
  • Sound Bite My Blues

Origin

  • Berlin DE

Founded

  • 2009

Members

  • Peter Van Huffel Altsaxophon
  • Roland Fidezius E-Bass, Effekte
  • Rudi Fischerlehner Schlagzeug