Sun of Goldfinger, composed of the saxophonist Tim Berne, percussionist Ches Smith and guitarist David Torn, goes way beyond the framework of jazz. This unpredictable trio explores the boundaries of the genre, adding elements of film or minimalistic music as well as metal in some cases. Basing on improvisation, they effortlessly switch from calm atmosphere to brutal chaos, which makes the musical experience even more interesting.
All three musicians work individually, as well. They have all recorded solo albums for the prestigious ECM records. Bern has released many diverse albums rich in advanced harmonies. As a guitarist, composer and enthusiast of advanced technologies, Torn’s contribution to music is impressive. With a guitar, he is able to make weepy and piercing sounds, fluid phrases and cluster of noises. This is how he redefines this instrument. Smith is a well-respected percussionist who combines acoustic and electronic instrumentarium to explore endless musical landscapes.
These three leaders and musical companions create a fully democratic group whose aim is to take the audience on a journey to known as well as unknown musical areas. This is the future of jazz. This is Sun of Goldfinger.