The legendary Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is the leader of FIRE!, one of the most talked-about power trios in Europe. Driven by the amazing rhythm section, comprised of Johan Berthling on the bass Andreas Werliin on the drums, together the three musicians spark a psychedelic noise jazz explosion, which is expanded to form a transcendental quartet with the help of Australian experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi. FIRE!’s sweeping, rhythmic improvisations and compositions engender a powerful, meditative quality that is shaped by tremendous density and expansive emotional depth. While the Swedish core trio regularly take part in a wide range of small and large orchestral collaborations, the exclusive highlight of the opening of the festival will be a concert experience the likes of which has never before been seen in Berlin.