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Arve Henriksen: Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections

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There are musicians who defy compartmentalization based on ever shifting interests and styles. Fewer are those like trumpeter Arve Henriksen whose organic nature precludes musical definition. Throughout his career as a leader on the Rune Grammofon label, he has created collections that seem bound together only by his presence. The delicate Asian influences of Sakuteiki (2001), the electronics of Strjon (2007) and the poetically haunting Places of Worship (2013) bear little resemblance to each other save the sometimes intangibly recognizable presence of Henriksen. The Nature of Connections adds yet another dimension to Henriksen's growing portfolio with its combination of evocative ...

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Three new releases on Rune Grammofon

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Norway's Rune Grammofon label long ago established itself in the front rank, initially based on releases by the group Supersilent plus releases including its members Deathprod (Helge Sten), Ståle Storløkken and Arve Henriksen. In addition, the label has gradually built up an impressive roster including such Scandinavian artists as Alog, Fire!, Jenny Hval, Motorpsycho and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. Consequently, although Supersilent 12 cannot be far away, Rune Grammofon has been well placed to cope with the group's relative inactivity in recent years, with Arve Henriksen being notable among its members for his releases on the label.

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Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections

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Few artists could call an album The Nature of Connections with as much veracity as Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen. There's been the myriad of collaborations on his own albums--just a small handful of the contributors to recordings including Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon, 2013), Cartography (ECM, 2008), Strjon (Rune Grammofon, 2007) and Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon, 2004) including producers/Punkt Festival co-directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré; bassist Lars Danielsson; drummer Audun Kleive; Supersilent mates, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken and guitarist Helge Sten; singers David Sylvian and Trio Mediaeval's Anna Maria Friman; guitarist Eivind Aarset; and pianist Christian Wallumrød. And that doesn't account ...

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Arve Henriksen: Chron | Cosmic Creation

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Despite the suggested evidence of 2008's Cartography (ECM) and 2013's follow-up, Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon), trumpeter Arve Henriksen's career has not only been about the intrinsic--and deeply personal--lyricism that defined those recordings, as well as the three Rune Grammofon recordings that preceded them--2007's Strjon, 2004's Chiaroscuro and 2001's Sakuteiki, those three recordings collected in the beautiful limited-edition vinyl box Solidification (Rune Grammofon, 2012). It should not be neglected that Henriksen remains a founding member of seminal noise improv group Supersilent, whose last release, the vinyl-only 11 (Rune Grammofon, 2010), was culled from the same sessions as 8 (Rune Grammofon, ...

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Arve Henriksen: Places of Worship

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Can it really be five years have passed between this release and Arve Henriksen's last material as leader--the wonderful 2008 collection Cartography on ECM? That record featured Jan Bang and Erik Honore, his core collaborators on this excellent collection, alongside the likes of Eivind Aarset, Lars Danielson and David Sylvian to name but a few. Danielson and Aarset guest on one and two of the tracks here respectively but for the most part it is the Henriksen/Bang/Honore axis on which the collection centres. Places of Worship takes inspiration from abandoned churches and religious buildings, constructing a deep sound ...

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Arve Henriksen: Places of Worship

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Places of Worship marks the return of Supersilent's trumpeter and vocalist Arve Henriksen to Rune Grammofon after his 2008 solo album Cartography for ECM--if we conveniently ignore the awesome compilation Solidification (Rune Grammofon, 2012). While this new release is credited to Henriksen alone, it continues his long-standing collaboration with Jan Bang and Erik Honoré of Punkt, who played on and produced it, so it could rightly have been credited to all three. In a methodology reminiscent of Jon Hassell's Fourth World, Bang and Honoré's synths and samples are used to construct richly varied environments in which Henriksen takes ...

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Arve Henriksen: Places of Worship

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In a career that, from an international perspective, began with Norwegian noise improv group Supersilent's debut, 1-3 (Rune Grammofon, 1997), trumpeter Arve Henriksen's ascendant trajectory has gone from strength to strength, milestone to milestone. It's been a long wait for Places of Worship, the follow-up to his leader debut for ECM Records, Cartography (2008), but it's not as if Henriksen hasn't been busy.Still, six years is a long time. In its own gentle way, Cartography signaled a paradigm shift for Henriksen, following his first three recordings as a leader for Rune Grammofon, beginning with 2001's Sakuteiki and culminating ...

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Arve Henriksen: The Trumpet is My Pen

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Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen is one of a handful of creative upstarts, like trumpeters Nils Petter Molvær or Erik Truffaz, who are embracing electronics and the improvisational side of jazz in their music. Henriksen's music is an otherworldly amalgamation of different and sometimes opposing elements, with imaginative soundscapes built on the tradition that trumpeter Miles Davis began with his electronic explorations of four decades ago. His releases as a leader began with the debut, Sakuteiki (Rune Grammofon, 2001), and also include Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon, 2004) and Strjon (Rune Grammofon, 2007), the three recent reissued on vinyl in the lavish, seven-LP ...

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Jan Bang / Erik Honore / Gaute Storaas / Arve Henriksen: Knut Hamsun's Victoria

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Given the cinematic nature of albums like ...and poppies from Kandahar (SamadhiSound, 2011), Uncommon Deities (SamadhiSound, 2012) and Cartography (ECM, 2008), it should come as no surprise to find trumpeter/vocalist Arve Henriksen and electronic sound sculptors/Punkt Festival Artistic Directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré collaborating on a film soundtrack, in this case Norwegian director, playwright and novelist Torun Lian's screen adaptation of fellow Norwegian and Nobel Prize laureate Knut Hamsun's 1898 novel, Victoria. Just released in March, 2013, the film is already garnering critical acclaim, and if the soundtrack to a film is not necessarily essential to its success, there ...

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Arve Henriksen: Solidification

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Arve Henriksen is one of today's most innovative, creative and busiest musicians in improvised music and jazz. He has his very own signature--first as a highly characteristic trumpeter/singer, but on other instruments and vocals, too. Those who only know him from his Cartography (ECM, 2008) or through his numerous sideman appearances, do not really know him--at least, not well enough.Solidification is a wonderful remedy, a worthwhile dig. This limited edition, seven-LP box set contains the music from his three albums for extraordinary Norwegian label Rune Grammofon--Sakuteiki (2001), Chiaroscuro (2004) and Strjon (2007), all expanded with bonus tracks from ...

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Arve Henriksen: Cartography

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Increasingly well-known to ECM fans for his work with Christian Wallumrod, Trygve Seim and Jon Balke, Cartography is Arve Henriksen's debut as a leader for the label. A logical successor to his impressive Rune Grammofon discs--Sakuteiki (2001), Chiaroscuro (2004) and Strjon (2007)--it's also the Norwegian trumpeter's most ambitious release to date.Post-production has always figured in Henriksen's work, but his previous releases have been either solo or with small, consistent line-ups. Recorded over three years in the studio and in concert--including the sublime “Famine's Ghost," from his outstanding Punkt 06 performance--with Cartography Henriksen creates an even more vivid aural ...

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Arve Henriksen: Cartography

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Arve Henriksen Cartography ECM 2008

Talking about the album Cartography, trumpeter Arve Henriksen says, “...I've been feeling uncomfortable with the idea of ending up playing 'improvised jazz.'" It's an unusual thing to say, particularly coming from a musician who has contributed vitally to a host of releases on ECM, one of the most celebrated jazz labels in the world. Is he opposed to improvisation, or to jazz? Or both? It turns out that Henriksen is pioneering, together with a loose collective of like-minded fellow travelers, a potentially radical new idea of both ...

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Arve Henriksen: Cartography

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The components of sound that make-up Arve Henriksen's Cartography, the trumpeter's debut as a leader on ECM, reads like a hyper-processed, low-nutrition, junk food for the ear brew: samples, treatments, synthesizer, dictaphone, programming, beats, voice samples. It is a stew of musical inputs, a layering of sounds that mixes ambient and electronica with snippets of soaring vocal segments and a dash of spoken word into a reverberant, in-the-cathedral solemnity, with Henriksen's gentle-breeze of a sound, his often voice-like trumpet in the forefront.Putting aside the ensemble aspect of the recording for a moment, the leader's blowing is soft, full ...

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Arve Henriksen with Orchestra at London Jazz Festival 2008

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Arve HenriksenLondon Jazz Festival 2008Kings Place, LondonNovember 14, 2008The solo violin piece from Charles Mutter and the improvised duet between trumpeter Arve Henriksen and live samplist Jan Bang both have their moments, while John Orford's (intentionally?) hilarious distorted bassoon solo wins almost the biggest cheer of the night. Yet the highlights of this opening night of the London Jazz Festival's Scene Norway program were without doubt the ensembles, teaming Henriksen, Bang and fellow Norwegian Thomas Stronen (drums and electronics) with UK players including five members of the London Sinfonietta, Mutter and Orford among them.



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