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Sidsel Endresen @ 60: Oslo, Norway, November 8-9, 2012

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Sidsel Endresen @ 60: A Special Birthday CelebrationNasjonal Jazzscene VictoriaOslo, NorwayNovember 8-9, 2012Turning 60 can mean different things to different people: for some, it's a time to think about slowing down, and for others, it's a time to kick into higher gear. In the case of jazz and improvising musicians, age seems to do nothing but accelerate their activities; just look at artists like guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Chick Corea, three ...

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Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus: Didymoi Dreams

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Sidsel Endresen & Stian WesterhusDidymoi DreamsRune Grammofon2012There was a time when a live performance was a one-time event; something experienced once by an audience, never to be experienced exactly that way ever again. Live recordings were costly affairs, and if the particular performance lined up for recording didn't turn out to be a great one--or if there were other factors involved, like a bad piano--well, the artist was, as they say, SoL. ...

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Sidsel Endresen: The Place to Be

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Sidsel Endresen is one of those rare artists who, after covering a vast musical territory--in her case reaching across from the Nordic folk songs to the rich cultural heritage of Arabic, Chinese and the Japanese traditional singing--have created their own form of expression, and gradually perfected it into a new musical language. She uses her voice to process the immediate sonic environment into a musical presence that emerges like a new energy, both suave and highly technical, to meet and ...

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Sidsel Endresen: One

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While those around her were busy exploring the nexus of technology and conventional instrumentation at the 2006 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway, Sidsel Endresen was demonstrating just how much could be done with one unaltered human voice. One documents the advances she's made in stretching the potential of voice and articulation. It's a record that eschews, for the most part, conventions like melody, pulse and lyric. Still, despite its improvised nature, this brief 32-minute set is not without form or ...

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Punkt / Sidsel Endresen / Jon Hassell: Live Remixes Vol. 1

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If there's any downside to Norway's intrepid Punkt Fest, it's the inherently restricted audience capable of participating in its profound experience. While performances from artists spanning the entire musical spectrum are almost always captivating, it's Punkt's premise of following each show with a Live Remix, where other musicians interact with radical manipulations of the music just heard. The musical laboratory of the Alpha Room, where the Live Remixes take place, is limited to fewer than 300 people, resulting in a ...

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Sidsel Endresen: One

Read "One" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

One is the most abstract yet original release by Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen. Known for her ECM releases (So I Write, 1990, and Exile, 1994) and her collaborations with fellow countrymen (keyboard player Bugge Wesseltoft, saxophonist Trygve Seim and percusionist Terje Isungset), Endresen is a music educator who has influenced many Norwegian vocalists in her country. Still, she's an innovative musician who keep searching for new avenues to express her art.

One is a series of ten short, ...

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Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft: Duplex Ride

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The duo is often a format of interplay; this one more than most. She sings; he mans a massive bed of keyboards. The adventure goes further: some of these pieces are free improvisations, including the words. There are few precendents for this: Stevie Wonder ad-libbed the words to “Fingertips”, but the words didn’t make it a hit. Dubs and echo are used often, making him an orchestra and her a choir. It could be overdone but it isn’t: they have ...


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