9

Svein Rikard Mathisen: Copenhagen Diaries

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Svein Rikard Mathisen: Copenhagen Diaries
Copenhagen Diaries documents Norwegian, Bergen-based guitarist Svein Rikard Mathisen experiences while studying at the acclaimed Rhythmic Music Conservatory in the Danish capital, an era described by him as a "twilight zone" where "curiosity meets nightmares and angst meets caffeine." Fortunately, Matisen experiences were processed into an appealing yet complex compositions, reflecting the dramatic emotional turmoil of that seminal time.

Mathisen core quartet feature Swedish pianist William Larsson and double bassist Paul Hinz and Danish drummer Andreas Fryland, supported on three pieces by Danish saxophonist Aske Drasbæk and on two pieces by Norwegian vocalist Maylen Rusti. Mathisen, who also plays in the Norwegian funk-fusion outfit Ninjabeat, has a mature and commanding sound of his own, rooted in the American school of jazz guitar, echoing at times early Pat Metheny and the singing voicing of Ben Monder. His intricately crafted, original compositions flow with fast shifting, inventive ideas that gravitate toward complex harmonic structures, always suggesting a strong melodic vein and always revolving around tight and emphatic interplay.

"Nightmares" is the the most arresting composition. Slowly sketching a fragile, emotional territory, intensified by the gentle wordless vocals of Rusti and the whispering sax of Drasbæk. Mathisen leading guitar hints about the inner turmoil with a reserved, gentle voice. His affinity with pianist Larsson is highlighted in their beautiful duo "Hedmark," referring to the Eastern part of Norway where Mathisen was born. This strong affinity is later cemented also on the moving ballad, "A moon on a sunny day."

A promising debut.

Track Listing

Obstruction; Who broke the bat?; Pheasant cookin´; Nightmares; Hedmark; Vanity; A moon on a sunny day; New beginnings; I guess seeing one more episode won't hurt anyone.

Personnel

Svein Rikard Mathisen: guitar; William Larsson: Piano; Paul Hinz: Double bass; Andreas Fryland: Drums; Aske Drasbæk (4,6,9): alto saxophone; Maylen Rusti: vocals (4,9).

Album information

Title: Copenhagen Diaries | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Curling Legs

Post a comment about this album

Listen

Tags

View events near Bergen
Jazz Near Bergen
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.