Peter Van Huffel – Alto & Baritone Saxophones, Effects
Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass, Effects
Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums, Percussion
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 acutely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian expat 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.
Text adapted from the liner notes to “HOWL!” (2012, Between the Lines) and “Bite my Blues” (2014, Clean Feed) by Dave Wayne (Santa Fe, NM, USA)
“… a seriously talented modern jazz band who still remembers how to have fun and make enjoyable and provocative music, unafraid to meld their jazz with a generous helping of punk and metal.”
Tim Niland, Music and More
“It is this kind of craftsmanship from all the members of Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask that makes this music not only meaningful, but enormously enjoyable in its gravity, humour and ultimately its overall aesthetics as well.”
Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama (Canada)
“Together with his co-musicians, the exceptional Fidezius and Fischerlehner, Van Huffel has for a decade created a band sound that reminds me of nothing else. Finding their own sound is something everyone is looking for, but not so many find, and Gorilla Mask should have all the honor for it.”
Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen Livsstil (Norway)
“… Put the explosiveness of punk, the intensity of metal and the freedom of free jazz together and you have Gorilla Mask. Sax, bass and drums go on an adventure together and don’t shy away from the effect. Gorilla Mask is an intriguing example of how contemporary trained musicians bring influences from punk, rock and metal into jazz.”
Geert Ryssen, Jazz & Mo (Belgium)