Home » Jazz Articles » Christian Wallumrod

Jazz Articles about Christian Wallumrod

12
Radio & Podcasts

Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Mixtape: 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Over two hours of music to savor the breadth of today's Norwegian jazz and improv scene while reading 15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need to Know About. That's 23 tracks showcasing the creativity of the most promising Norwegian players deserving wider recognition beyond their home country. Compiled by Luca Vitali. Happy Listening! Playlist Skrap + Trondheim Jazzorkester, “Pen nå_(feat. Emilie Nicolas)" from Antropocen (Forlaget Fanfare) 0:00 Skadedyr, “Culturen" from Culturen (Hubro) ...

2
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Outstairs

Read "Outstairs" reviewed by Vic Albani


Stabile abitante del sottobosco ECM da oltre tre lustri, Christian Wallumrød è davvero un musicista peculiare che usualmente sfugge all'analisi profonda di molte penne dell'universo della critica internazionale. Probabilmente (e, per fortuna, ci piacerebbe aggiungere) perché da almeno un ventennio riesce sistematicamente a sfuggire dall'orripilante mania dell'etichettatura. Per sfortuna sua, nei tempi moderni, questo è quasi un demerito, ed è forse proprio per questo che pochi ricordano la sua organica e multiforme discografia. Compone una musica intensa e organica; una ...

11
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Outstairs

Read "Outstairs" reviewed by John Kelman


After a four-year break following the biennial run of four recordings beginning with 2003's Sofienberg Variations and ending with 2009's Fabula Suite Lugano (all on ECM), Christian Wallumrød returns with Outstairs. Building on the strength of what came before, the pianist/composer continues to assert a clear identity with this slightly altered ensemble, not only capitalizing on its own intrinsic chemistry but that of two specific members--extant ensemble trumpeter Eivind Lønning and, replacing Baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi, tenor saxophonist Espen Reinertsen--whose ...

497
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

Read "Fabula Suite Lugano" reviewed by John Kelman


With The Zoo is Far (ECM, 2007), Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrød introduced a group that expanded on the unique sonorities of his other, same-titled Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. That other Ensemble--the quartet responsible for A Year From Easter (ECM, 2005), and which gave an equally nuanced performance at Molde Jazz 2009--explored the nexus of improvisation and composition, rooted in traditional Norwegian folk music, and Wallumrød's personal synchronism of contemporary and Baroque classicism. The six-piece Ensemble of The Zoo began a fundamental ...

561
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

Read "Fabula Suite Lugano" reviewed by David McLean


Christian Wallumrød has that rare gift of having an instantly recognizable sound. The pianist's music is characterized by unique blend of early music, romanticism, and traditional Scandinavian folk music idioms played with the looseness of jazz and academic curiosity reminiscent of two of his major influences, John Cage and Morton Feldman. Wallumrød has managed to harmonise these contradictory elements to create a wondrously obscure new music. However, the sound is never dependent on the polarity of these oppositions; its existence ...

268
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod: The Zoo Is Far

Read "The Zoo Is Far" reviewed by Budd Kopman


With The Zoo Is Far, pianist/composer Christian Wallumrød increases his compositional control of the musical forces, now a sextet, at his disposal. This is music of the interior mind, which has an intensity fused to a melancholic beauty. It is mesmerizing, while existing at the boundary of composition and jazz. The quartet that appeared on A Year From Easter (ECM,2005)--Wallmurød, Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Per Oddvar Johansen (drums, percussion), Nils Økland (violin, Hardanger fiddle, viola)--has been augmented with ...

400
Album Review

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: The Zoo is Far

Read "The Zoo is Far" reviewed by John Kelman


Like many Scandinavian musicians, pianist Christian Wallumrod leads a double life. As a collaborator with artists including singer Sidsel Endresen, saxophonist Karl Seglem and guitarist Jon Eberson, he's an electric player capable of fitting into more jazz-centric (albeit often Nu Jazz) contexts. On his all-acoustic ECM discography, however, he's led a series of groups exploring a space that joins increasing interest in classical composers with improvisation that's largely part of more defined constructs. Unlike fellow Norwegian Trygve Seim, who similarly ...


Engage

Contest Giveaways
Enter our latest contest giveaway sponsored by Justin Time Records
Polls & Surveys
Vote for your favorite musicians and participate in our brief surveys.
Publisher's Desk
Musician Tip: Your Thumbnail Photo
Read on...

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.