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Nils Petter Molvaer: The Trumpet Does the Dreaming

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AAJ: What are you working on these days?

NPM: I am just in the finishing phase of a big project, which is quite different both from Baboon Moon and also from 1/1. I've been working for a couple of years now together with Tord Knudsen who is doing the visuals, and Jürgen Lörschen doing the mixing. The project is called Lucid Dream. It will contain quite a few new elements I've been thinking about for many years, and which now became possible. Like, for instance, to use the pedals of the E-guitar for the trumpet sound. The album is recorded together with Geir Sundstø, strings, steel guitar, Indian guitar, banjo, Morten Quenild, keyboards, and Erland Dahlen, drums, percussion and guitars. I will play trumpet, of course, but I will also do a few other things on the album, like strings and bass. The show will be like a path leading through the forest at night with all the lights and sounds and signals you experience there, which are engulfing you in a dreamy experience. It will all happen, of course in the dark. We are in the mixing process and the album will most likely be released in March, next year. I also plan to go on tour with a Norwegian choir in a sextet formula. And then I am going to take a break and rest.

AAJ: Does success affect you in any way? What do you make out of it?

NPM: It does not affect me on the personal level, but it makes me happy that people want to come and listen to what I am doing. If nobody came and nobody wanted to hear it, then it would probably affect me more. Then I would probably think about doing something else.

AAJ: What else would you like to do, if it weren't for music?

NPM: I would be a gardener then, probably a good one, because I like gardening a lot. Or maybe I would go ahead and study anthropology. Before I started doing music in a serious way, I've done a couple of other things. I can lay bricks, I can do building isolation, I have also worked in a fishery but the only thing I really enjoy doing is music.

Photo credit: Richard Wayne

Selected Discography
Moritz von Oswald, Nils Petter Molvaer, 1/1 (Emarcy, 2013)
Nils Petter Molvaer, Stian Westerhus, Baboon Moon, (Sula Records, 2011)
Food, Quiet Inlet (ECM, 2010)
Nils Petter Molvær, Hamada (Sula, 2009)
Nils Petter Molvær, Re-Vision (Sula, 2008)
Nils Petter Molvær, Remakes (Sula, 2005)
Nils Petter Molvær, er (Sula, 2005)
Nils Petter Molvær, Streamer (Sula, 2004)
Nils Petter Molvær, NP3 (Emarcy, 2002)
Nils Petter Molvær, Solid Ether (ECM, 2001)
Nils Petter Molvær, Recoloured (Emarcy, 2001)
Eivind Aarset, Light Extracts (Jazzland, 2001)
Nils Petter Molvær, Khmer (ECM, 1997)
Bugge Wesseltoft, New Conception of Jazz (Jazzland, 1997)
Marilyn Mazur/Future Song, Small Labyrinths (ECM, 1997)
Masqualero, Re-Enter (ECM, 1991)
Sidsel Endresen, So I Write (ECM, 1990)

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