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Amalgam

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((1967-1981) – present)

There is more then one artist with this name:

1) United Kingdom ((1967-1981) Free Jazz

2) Scandinavia (2003-Present) Jazz Quintet

3) Australia (2006-2010 reformed 2012-Present) Alternative Rock

4) New Zealand (1999-2006) Experimental

5) Greece Thrash Metal

6) Czech Republic (1976-1982) Alternative

1). Amalgam (60s-80s free jazz) was a British avant garde and free jazz group that was active in the years between 1967 and 1981. The band’s core member was Trevor Watts, but notable musicians such as Barry Guy, Paul Rutherford, Jon Stevens, and Jeff Clyne all played for the group. In 1969, Amalgam relesead Prayer for Peace, which is generally regarded as their master piece.

2). Amalgam (jazz quintet), was founded in Aarhus Denmark in October 2003, where the members where studying music at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Similar interest in music and approach to improvisation soon led them together and their debut concert took place in November 2003.
Three of the members (Morten Bruun, Søren Mehlsen, and Hans Christian Erbs) are Danish and two (Sigurdór Guðmundsson and Sigurður Þór Rögnvaldsson) are Icelandic.

Despite busy schedules and living in three different countries, Amalgam has managed to do tours around Iceland (2004) and Denmark (2005) as well as doing some recordings.

The music of Amalgam has no boundaries or limitations so it might be hard to label the band in one category, but creativity energy and improvisation is their forte. Elements of rock, jazz and free improvisation are obvious when one listens to their music, Latin music and funk has also its place in their spectrum of influences.

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