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Kjetil Husebø: Steps

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Norwegian pianist Kjetil Husebø attempted in his recent releases to integrate programmed sounds and live sampling into the sound of the acoustic piano. On Steps he focuses on the grand piano, his first solo piano album. The album was recorded in the famed Rainbow Studio in jny: Oslo in a short session in December 2014, with the assistance of the studio master Jan Erik Kongshaug, the experienced engineer who recorded countless classic ECM albums, including the seminal solo piano album, ...

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Kjetil Husebø: Sources

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Norwegian pianist and live sampling master Kjetil Husebø continues to develop his highly personal sonic language on his sophomore solo release after last year's solo debut Contradictions (Optical Substance, 2012). Husebø explores the grand piano as a sound source--acoustic or enhanced with live sampling and electronics. Both treatments of the piano sound organic even in its most abstract moments, and all blur the distinctions between jazz improvisation, contemporary music, acoustic ambiance, and electronic textures. All ten pieces ...

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Kjetil Husebø: Contradictions

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Known previously as the mastermind behind the Optical Substance jazz-electronica outfits, Contradictions is Norwegian pianist Kjetil Husebø's third album and first solo recording. Here, Husebø distills his piano playing and use of electronics into a personal music universe. In his most lyrical moments, references to fellow countrymen, pianists Bugge Wesseltoft and Jon Balke, and Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski can be found in Husebø's musical language, but the success of this album is based on the cumulative effect of his disarming, ...

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Take Five with Kjetil Husebø

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Meet Kjetil Husebø:35 years-old, from Bergen, Norway, currently living in Oslo. Pianist, synth, electronics, live-sampling, programming. Main project: Optical Substance. Instrument(s):Piano, synth, laptop, samplers, electronics.Teachers and/or influences?Jan Garbarek, Bendik Hofseth, Nils Petter Molvaer, Biosphere, Jan Bang, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset.I knew I wanted to be a musician when...I heard Arild Andersen`s Sagn (ECM, 1991) and Jan Garbarek`s I Took up the Runes (ECM, 1990), when I ...


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