Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Mnemosyne
Officium became a worldwide success, and this year the collaboration is on tour around the world to support a new double CD recorded once again in the Austrian alpine monastery of St Gerold that mid-wifed Officium.
Mnemosyne means memory in pre-Christian Greek, and the five musicians work with more than 2,000 years of Western music - sometimes whole pieces, sometimes just fragments scribbled in the margins of a psalter, or, this time, new pieces by Garbarek himself that demand this most ancient of styles reinvent itself as improvisation and jazz.
Officium remains a stunning, breakthrough recording. For the jazz fan, Mnemosyne moves the magic up a notch. If you haven't had the experience yet, do yourself the favour soon.
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Modern Jazz