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Trygve Seim / Frode Haltli: Yeraz

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Yeraz is an intimate, deep and beautiful exploration of both instrumental sound and artistic reactions to many different influences. It must be listened to carefully and patiently, not only because it is performed by a duo--saxophonist Trygve Seim and accordionist Frode Haltli--but because their musical choices are, for the most part, very subtle and carefully developed. It is anyone's guess why the music of mystic G. I. Gurdjieff in particular, and traditional/folk music of the Eastern Mediterranean and ...

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Trygve Seim / Frode Haltli: Yeraz

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On the surface saxophone and accordion together might seem unusual, but it's really a perfect combination. Both are reed instruments driven by air--one blowing, the other compressing or expanding a bellows. Saxophonist Trygve Seim and accordionist Frode Haltli have been collaborating for some time, notably in the saxophonist's ensemble responsible for Sangam (ECM, 2004). Despite no shortage of acumen, Seim's a self-avowed improvisational ascetic whose primary focus has been detailed composition and the integration of controlled improvisation within more formal ...

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Frode Haltli: Passing Images

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Frode Haltli does not play accordion, but rather makes music with an instrument that we call an accordion. Using carefully chosen musicians, Haltli has created, with Passing Images, a highly intense, very concentrated work that is both disconcerting and beautiful--something to be slowly savored and pondered. Its fifty-one minutes are full of surprises and shocks. There is little overt musical movement and yet, despite much silence, the listener is pulled ever forward. The overall volume is low ...

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Frode Haltli: Passing Images

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Abandoning the contemporary classicism of Looking on Darkness (ECM, 2002), Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli's Passing Images looks, instead, to traditional Norwegian music for its inspiration. But Haltli, like accordionists Pascal Contet and Guy Klucevsek, stretches the boundaries of his instrument's capabilities--rarely takes things literally. His unfettered musical aesthetic, and the players that he's chosen to work with--trumpeter Arve Henrkisen, violist Garth Knox and singer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje--make this collection of traditional tunes, original music and free improvisation a lesson ...


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