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Sidsel Endresen @ 60: Oslo, Norway, November 8-9, 2012

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Sidsel Endresen @ 60: A Special Birthday CelebrationNasjonal Jazzscene VictoriaOslo, NorwayNovember 8-9, 2012Turning 60 can mean different things to different people: for some, it's a time to think about slowing down, and for others, it's a time to kick into higher gear. In the case of jazz and improvising musicians, age seems to do nothing but accelerate their activities; just look at artists like guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Chick Corea, three musicians who are not only touring and recording at an accelerated rate but who are, in the process, delivering some ...

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Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus: Didymoi Dreams

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Sidsel Endresen & Stian WesterhusDidymoi DreamsRune Grammofon2012There was a time when a live performance was a one-time event; something experienced once by an audience, never to be experienced exactly that way ever again. Live recordings were costly affairs, and if the particular performance lined up for recording didn't turn out to be a great one--or if there were other factors involved, like a bad piano--well, the artist was, as they say, SoL. Nowadays, it's so easy/inexpensive to record live shows that many artists, like pianist Keith Jarrett, eschew the studio completely. Of ...

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Sidsel Endresen: The Place to Be

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Sidsel Endresen is one of those rare artists who, after covering a vast musical territory--in her case reaching across from the Nordic folk songs to the rich cultural heritage of Arabic, Chinese and the Japanese traditional singing--have created their own form of expression, and gradually perfected it into a new musical language. She uses her voice to process the immediate sonic environment into a musical presence that emerges like a new energy, both suave and highly technical, to meet and round its digital pendant right in front of the audience. Ha! (Rune Grammofon, 2011), her recently released ...

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Humcrush with Sidsel Endresen: Ha!

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That so many artists can place themselves in a position of ultimate risk on a concert stage, attempting to create something from nothing, speaks of a certain intrepid spirit. That some of those same artists not only succeed at pulling form from the ether, but actually do so night after night, with a distinct and recognizable voice, speaks of something even more special. Not every night is equally successful, however, and between cell phones and YouTube, artists have lost control over deciding what is worthy of permanent documentation. Of course, what constitutes worthy by the artists and their fans may ...

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Sidsel Endresen: One

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While those around her were busy exploring the nexus of technology and conventional instrumentation at the 2006 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway, Sidsel Endresen was demonstrating just how much could be done with one unaltered human voice. One documents the advances she's made in stretching the potential of voice and articulation. It's a record that eschews, for the most part, conventions like melody, pulse and lyric. Still, despite its improvised nature, this brief 32-minute set is not without form or clear intention. Endresen has been on the radar since her early days with ECM and albums including ...

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Gerald Cleaver: Downtown's Hardest Working Drummer

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Ralph Alessi & Modular Theater Open Season RKM Music 2008 Gebhard Ullmann's Basement Research Don't Touch My Music Not Two 2008 Yaron Herman Trio Muse Laborie Records 2009 Raphal Imbert New_York Project Zig-Zag Territoires 2009

Gerald Cleaver, one of the hardest working drummers on the scene, is a consummate accompanist comfortable in eclectic settings; in ...

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Punkt / Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell: Live Remixes Vol. 1

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If there's any downside to Norway's intrepid Punkt Fest, it's the inherently restricted audience capable of participating in its profound experience. While performances from artists spanning the entire musical spectrum are almost always captivating, it's Punkt's premise of following each show with a Live Remix, where other musicians interact with radical manipulations of the music just heard. The musical laboratory of the Alpha Room, where the Live Remixes take place, is limited to fewer than 300 people, resulting in a wealth of experiments heard by a very limited group of people.

Until now. While Crime Scenes ...



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