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Vossa Jazz Festival 2019: Jazz Folk Meet by the Lake

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Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway April 12-14, 2019 There are bigger fish on the storied and seemingly ever-healthy Norwegian jazz festival circuit than Vossa Jazz, but it has its own brand of soulfulness. The kickoff event on a Nordic festival list including later blowouts in nearby Bergen, Trondheim, Molde, Kongsburg, and Oslo, Vossa Jazz is a deceptive little powerhouse occasion all its own, nestled in the lakeside town and winter ski haven, pop. 15,000, and whose ...


Trygve Seim / Frode Haltli: Yeraz

Read "Yeraz" reviewed by Budd Kopman

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 ...


Frode Haltli: Passing Images

Read "Passing Images" reviewed by Budd Kopman

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 ...


Frode Haltli: Passing Images

Read "Passing Images" reviewed by John Kelman

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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