Since emerging on the label with his own large ensemble and as part of the collaborative, more improv-heavy group The Source, saxophonist Trygve Seim has been a leading voice in the second wave of Norwegian artists who look to legacy ECM musicians like Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen and Terje Rypdal as touchstones, but possess unmistakable voices of their own. Albums like the superb Sangam (2005) spotlighted Seim's distinctive compositional approach, taking the unorthodox instrumentation of Edward Vesala (with whom Seim collaborated) as a starting point, but intentionally avoiding the more chaotic turns of recordings like the late Finnish drummer's overlooked ...read more
Yeraz is an intimate, deep and beautiful exploration of both instrumental sound and artistic reactions to many different influences. It must be listened to carefully and patiently, not only because it is performed by a duo--saxophonist Trygve Seim and accordionist Frode Haltli--but because their musical choices are, for the most part, very subtle and carefully developed. It is anyone's guess why the music of mystic G. I. Gurdjieff in particular, and traditional/folk music of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucuses in general, have come to the fore. This trend is evidenced by not only Yeraz, but also the ...read more
On the surface saxophone and accordion together might seem unusual, but it's really a perfect combination. Both are reed instruments driven by air--one blowing, the other compressing or expanding a bellows. Saxophonist Trygve Seim and accordionist Frode Haltli have been collaborating for some time, notably in the saxophonist's ensemble responsible for Sangam (ECM, 2004). Despite no shortage of acumen, Seim's a self-avowed improvisational ascetic whose primary focus has been detailed composition and the integration of controlled improvisation within more formal structure. Haltli's Looking on Darkness (ECM, 2002) fearlessly positioned his instrument in the classical sphere, while Passing Images (ECM, 2007) ...read more
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Day two of the Portland Jazz Festival (PDX Jazz) was a bit of a rarity, with the sun burning away a thick layer of early morning fog, and temperatures rising to the mid-60s. But the majority of the heat was generated indoors, with a number of outstanding performances, and the continuation of the ECM Jazz Roundtable.
Chapter Index ECM Roundtable: Cover Art Jazz Dialogue: Charles Lloyd Diego Ramirez Geri Allen Trio Trygve Seim Don Byron Dave Douglas Quintet ...read more
Trygve Seim is a Norwegian saxophonist whose first recording, Distant Rivers received very positive press in 2001. Sangam, which means coming together" in Sanskrit, is his second release as a leader. It is an apt title, as this recording demonstrates a vast combination of styles. The instrumentation alone gives the music a unique quality. Accordion, bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet, cello, string ensemble, tuba, french horn, trombone, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, and drums converge to create a flowing, ethereal picture that defies easy categorization. At times we hear a big band, next a single instrument, with a myriad of other combinations ...read more
When saxophonist/composer Trygve Seim emerged on the international scene in 2000 with his critically-acclaimed debut disc, Different Rivers, it was clear that yet another fresh voice had emerged from the infinitely deep wellspring of Norwegian talent that ECM label owner/producer Manfred Eicher has been drawing from for over 30 years. But whereas so much of the music coming from that part of the world revolves around a rich improvising tradition that fits tongue-in-groove with Eicher's music of the moment" aesthetic, Seim seems to come equally from a more through-composed approach that owes as much to contemporary classical composers like Henryk ...read more
Sangam , or confluence" in Sanskrit, is sometimes interpreted as the meeting point of three rivers," an appropriate title for young Norwegian saxophonist/composer Trygve Seim's second album as a leader, where he comfortably and seamlessly blends elements of jazz, contemporary composition, and various folk traditions. It's also a fitting reference to Different Rivers (ECM, '00), a much-lauded d?but recording that introduced Seim to a broader international audience and is a clear antecedent. Lastly, it also works as a pointer to the three primary voices on Sangam --Seim, the rapidly-becoming-ubiquitous trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and clarinetist Håvard Lund.
Listeners looking for any ...read more