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Mats Gustafsson celebrating 50th birthday in Vienna

Swedish sax man Mats Gustafsson is holding a three day festival in Vienna next month to mark his 50th birthday. From 26–28 October, Gustafsson and his associates will descend on the Porgy & Bess venue to perform in a variety of line ups. Porgy & Bess will also host a poster and photo exhibition, with Gustafsson also promising some vinyl releases around the weekend.

"It will be rather intense," he says. "I'm booking it all, trying to find a balance, to show a spectrum of the music that I'm interested in and that kicks my ass and mind."

On the bill are Gustafsson's groups Fire! Orchestra, The Thing with Ken Vandermark (who also recently celebrated his 50th birthday), Swedish Azz, and Fake The Facts. Also performing will be the Austrian chamber orchestra Klangforum Wien, Christof Kurzmann, pianist Agustí Fernández, bagpipe player Erwan Keravec, Wildbirds & Peacedrums's Mariam Wallentin, Sofia Jernberg, Paul Lovens and others.

A full schedule for the weekend is up on Gustafsson's site here, with more musicians to be announced in the coming months.