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Dave Rempis / Lasse Marhaug: Naancore

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Naancore adds another chapter to the Chicago-Oslo musical axis. This limited edition LP (offered also as a digital download) brings together one of the most original Norwegian musicians, noise master Lasse Marhaug with one of Chicago's most active saxophonists Dave Rempis. The two like-minded, fearless musicians collaborated before in Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, when Marhaug guested in a performance of Remis' Ballister trio in Philadelphia and in a live set of an ad- hoc quintet that featured Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk in Oslo's BlowOut festival.

Marhaug collaborated before with improvisers—mainly with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, as a duo and in various other musical meetings including Fire Room with Vandermark, with reed master Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale and with sax titan Mats Gustafsson. But these collaborations featured Marhaug's uncompromising, combination of punk and metal high energy approach, while Rempis musical language is rooted in the modern and free jazz. Still, the two wanted to explore deeper the potential of an intimate meeting. This meeting was recorded at Marhaug studio right after the quintet set at the BlowOut festival, straight to two-track cassette.

On the first piece "Skinning the Poke," both are still searching for common ground. Rempis focuses his energy on multiphonics produced from the upper register of his alto sax while Marhaug reduces his common level of brutal walls of noise to a series of almost gentle bursts of static white noises that comment on and expand the sonic envelope of Rempis' urgent blows. But on the second piece, "Strategikon," both already enjoy the intensity of such an explosive, muscular collision of sounds. Rempis shouts through the saxophone and Marhaug ups the temperature of this primal, fiery meeting with merciless attacks. There is a short segment mid-piece where both sound as contemplating on an alternative, leisured sonic course, exchanging compassionate, even humorous gestures, before deciding that the brutal route fits each better.

Highly intense, highly intoxicating ride.

Track Listing: Skinning The Poke; Strategikon.

Personnel: Dave Rempis: alto saxophone; Lasse Marhaug: electronics.

Title: Naancore | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Aerophonic Records


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