Story Water is the most ambitious achievement of Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim. It is a musical fantasy inspired by texts about the universes of dreams and death, commissioned by the VossaJazz Festival and recorded live at the festival's opening day in March 2012. Seim expands her modern jazz-based musical language, as was documented before with her Time Jungle band, including a collaboration with acclaimed pianist Marilyn Crispell, (Elephant Wings, Drollehålå, 2012). With a new, unconventional cast of collaborators, she incorporates elements influenced by the progressive rock, noisy electronics, metal and even folk singer-songwriter songs. The texts of ...read more
With Elephant Wings, Norwegian trumpeter Gunhild Seim grows the number of albums released, since beginning her career as bandleader of Time Jungle more than five years ago, to three, including 2007's Time Jungle and 209's Morpho, all released on her own Drollehålå imprint. Each has been a beautiful gem, demonstrating Seim's compositional skills to balance and contrast between a subtle, tender aesthetic with fierier and more intensive playing. Elephant Wings is another excellent set of compositions, with Seim collaborating, this time, with renowned American pianist Marilyn Crispell, following a joint tour in Norway and Germany. Crispell plays ...read more
Stavanger, Norway-based Gunhild Seim & Time Jungle's sophomore release delivers further evidence of trumpeter Seim's mature compositional skills, also featured on her debut, Time Jungle (Drollehola Records, 2009). Seim matches intensity and adventurous improvisation--typical of improvisers coming from her hometown such as reed player Frode Gjerstad and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love--with nuanced, melodic lines of chamber jazz that are identified with the ECM style of Nordic jazz, all fused into organic, collective interplay. Seim is accompanied by an excellent rhythm section that includes double-bassist John Lilja and drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen, who both played on her debut release; ...read more
Norwegian trumpeter/composer Gunhild Seim lives in Stavanger, where many Norwegian musicians who play outside the ECM school--including reed player Frode Gjerstad, trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and organist Nils Henrik Asheim--developed their musical language for free improvisation. Seim is one of the leaders of the local ensemble, Kitchen Orchestra, and leads her own quartet on this debut recording on her own Drolleholå Music label.
For this recording Seim enlisted New York-based reed player Andrew D'Angelo to produce and play on it. Pianist/composer Marilyn Crispell, who taught at the Banff Centre in Canada where Seim studied composition with ...read more