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Karl Seglem: NyeSongar.no

Read "NyeSongar.no" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Looking at the cover of the album NyeSongar.no, there's no doubt that the Norwegian saxophonist and goat horn-player Karl Seglem is still exploring the Nordic aesthetic that he perfected on his album NORSKjazz.no (Ozella, 2009). The resemblance between the titles is striking and it is underlined by a Nordic iconography. NORSKjazz.no had an image of tall Norwegian trees and NyeSongar.no is graced by a photograph of an endless landscape covered by snow. In the foreground there is a stone and ...

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Karl Seglem: NORSKjazz.no

Read "NORSKjazz.no" reviewed by John Kelman


He's done everything from solo concerts on heavily processed goat horns to free improvisation duets with fellow Norwegian, percussionist Terje Isungset, but in a career spanning 20 years and including the more electronica-centric yet curiously timeless Urbs (NORCD Music, 2008), saxophonist Karl Seglem has never recorded an album with a conventional sax-piano-bass-drums quartet. Until now. NORSKjazz.no may use a time-tested format to deliver eight songs largely written by Seglem, but it remains deeply rooted in a more austere Norwegian jazz ...

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Karl Seglem: Ossicles

Read "Ossicles" reviewed by John Kelman


Saxophonist and goat/antelope hornist Karl Seglem has led a long and diverse career, both as a recording artist and as the head of NORCD, a label that reaches across a multitude of musical boundaries looking to be broken, linking them together with a decided focus on the traditional music of his native Norway. Despite an increasingly large and diverse discography as a leader, some of Seglem's relationships actually predate NORCD's creation. The group that released the folkloric-meets-electronica Urbs (NORCD/Ozella Music, ...

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Karl Seglem: urbs

Read "urbs" reviewed by John Kelman


Karl Seglem's solo performance at the 2006 Punkt festival in Kristiansand, Norway prompted the observation that he is, indeed, the Hendrix of the Goat Horn. That anyone could take such a pure and organic instrument, feed it through an array of effects and come out the other side with a mix of contemporary jazz, Norwegian folk music and more, made it one of the most ear-bending performances at a festival that continues to demonstrate just how far away from its ...


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