Burning Ambulance streaming festival announces lineup


Burning Ambulance, the independent arts and culture center launched in 2010 by writer Phil Freeman and artist IA Freeman, will kick off 2022 with an extraordinary one-day event: an online streaming festival featuring exclusive performances by 20 of today’s most creative artists from the realms of jazz, modern classical music, improvised avant-garde and more.

“Burning Ambulance celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and since then we have broadened our scope,” said co-founder Phil Freeman. “We have gone from simply documenting the artists we love to working with them on ambitious projects that will bring adventurous music to a global audience of listeners.”

The Burning Ambulance Festival will be broadcast live on the Burning Ambulance Music Bandcamp page starting at noon ET on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Tickets are $ 20 and ticket buyers will be able to stream the festival for two additional days after the premiere. Each ticket will also entitle the buyer to a download of the label’s first release, 2020’s Eyes Shut, Ears Open: A Burning Ambulance Compilation.

The confirmed lineup for the Burning Ambulance Festival 2022 is as follows (running order to be determined, additional artists to be confirmed): saxophonist Rodrigo Amado (Portugal), saxophonist Muriel Grossmann (Austria), pianist Karin Johansson (Sweden), organist Susanne Kujala (Finland), drummer Simo Laihonen (Finland), saxophonist José Lencastre (Portugal) with João Almeida, Clara Lai, Gonçalo Almeida, João Lencastre, Massacre (Anton Pomonarev, saxophone; Anton Obrazeena, guitar) (Russia), cornet player Rob Mazurek (USA), trombonist Peter McEachern (USA) with Mike Sarin, guitarist Ava Mendoza (USA), drummer Gard Nilssen (Norway) with André Roligheten, Petter Eldh, bassist William Parker (USA), trumpeter Steph Richards (USA), Senyawa (Rully Shabara, vocals; Wukir Suryadi, instruments) (Indonesia), saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi (USA), electronic musician Submerged (Estonia), pianist Lisa Ullen (Sweden) with Elsa Bergman, Anna Lund and pianist Eli Wallace (United States)

Burning Ambulance has provided thoughtful and in-depth coverage of a wide range of forward-looking music, from avant-garde jazz to modern classical to extreme metal, since its inception in 2010. The Burning Ambulance podcast, launched in 2017, offers listeners an hour-long interview with legendary jazz artists including Anthony Braxton, Branford Marsalis, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Matthew Shipp, Peter Brötzmann, David Murray and many more.

In 2020, Burning Ambulance’s media empire grew again with the creation of Burning Ambulance Music, an independent label that has released Senyawa albums to date; Ivo Perelman and Nate Wooley; Submerged and Graham Haynes; and Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey, with more releases coming in 2022.

Burning Ambulance Music releases have been covered by NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, DownBeat, and many other media. The site’s weekly emails go to a curated list of hundreds of forward-thinking music fans around the world.

Phil Freeman is available for interviews on Burning Ambulance, the Burning Ambulance Festival and his upcoming book Ugly Beauty: Jazz in the 21st Century.


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