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HASSE BRUNIUSSON (aka Hans) is a Swedish drummer, percussionist and composer mostly in the avant-garde realm. He has had a very long career, dating back to the mid-1960s and has been a member of many well-respected bands, including Samla Mammas Manna, Ensemble Nimbus and The Flower Kings.

Starting his professional music career with pop-group OBJECTIONS in the mid-1960s, Hasse Bruniusson then discovered jazz and would later go on to form avant-garde and progressive rock band SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA in 1969 along with Lars Kranz (also of Objections), Lars Hollmer and Henrik Ahberg. He would play drums and percussion for all of Samla Mammas Manna/Zamla Mammaz Manna's albums up to their disbandment in 1980. In 1979, he played percussion in FANTASIA, which included guitarist Roine Stolt (who had recently left Kaipa) and in 1980, he played drums with "supergroup" NYA LJUDBOLAGET, which featured Ulf Wallander, Karl-Erik Eriksson and Ove Karlsson on their self-titled only album.

Bruniusson then became a free agent and recorded his first solo album "Mannaminne "in 1982/83, along with Roine Stolt and other guests. This album was light-hearted and entirely composed by Hasse and he not only played drums but also sang and played piano and synthesizer.

Due to his links with the Rock in Opposition movement, he played drums on Fred Frith's 1983 solo album "Cheap at Half the Price".

During the 1980s, he began to work closely with Hasse Nordelius of drum company Clavia and helped develop their electric drumkits, including the "D-drums" and his own creation, the "Apparatorium", an electro-acoustic drum kit.

In 1986 and 1987, he would record two albums with TRIANGULUS, a band featuring Peter Bryngelsson and Roine Stolt.

Come 1991, he helped reform SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA (until their disbandment in 1999) and in 1992, he became a member of avant garde progressive rock band ENSEMBLE NIMBUS (who have released three studio albums to date).

However, it was also in 1992, that symphonic progressive rock band THE FLOWER KINGS were formed. Featuring Bruniusson on percussion and long time friend and collaborator Roine Stolt, the band also initially featured Michael Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Jaime Salazar and Hasse Fröberg. The Flower Kings would become a very popular and well respected band not only in his native Sweden but throughout the world.

In 2002, Bruniusson recorded his second album "Hasse Bruniusson Proudly Presents: Flying Food Ci...
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 Flying Food Circus by BRUNIUSSON, HASSE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.15 | 8 ratings

Flying Food Circus
Hasse Bruniusson RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Slowly flowing forwards, filled with humorous atmosphere, circus sounds (all of them, including drumming mockery and applause of audience) mixed together with something that escapes definitions. It's not your typical Avant artists, as this is simply optimistic. It's more homage to fun making than actual experimentation. And if they're successful in something, it would be atmosphere. Because ath. is really great here. Common, we all know circuses (even I never was in one, I'm not regretting it), I've seen it many times. In films, books, even in rock music (and The Simpsons once, where was Canadian Circus in Springfield). But never in prog music. Such a image, Circus Prog sounds and looks pretty insane, but aren't these things insane from beginning ?

I mean try to hear the music here, you somehow know that it fits to traveling band of artists (not musical ones, but acrobats), magicians, bearded ladies (you know I mean you ... you will know if you'll see this) and such things. There's certain style of music that accompanies it. And here, somehow, it's combined with prog that you can't almost tell the difference, but it fits, it works and it's interesting. Oh, except Kiss: Psycho circus game, there's also whole world (4 levels) in old DOS game Superfrog (I love this one) based on this theme.

4(-), frankly, I've been feeling like at jamming gig at times. And that's something I like, even prog lacks here a little bit. What can't we deny is the fact that it's original music, very intriguing and done in complex style, without clear structure. It is, well, it provides a lot, but also it's its fault that it therefore lacks advantages of more strict structures.

Or something like that.

Thanks to James for the artist addition.

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