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Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music

Read "Hubro: Making Room for Marginalized Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There are times when a record label becomes more than just a label. It becomes an embodiment of a certain period in time. In Norway, think of the German label ECM with the emergence of the so-called Nordic sound propelled by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen. Later, Rune Grammofon summed up a more ...

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Moldejazz Festival 2018

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Molde Jazz Festival
Molde, Norvegia
15-19.07.2018

Il festival jazz di Molde è il secondo più antico d'Europa --fondato nel 1961, lo precede di un solo anno il festival di Ljubljana la cui prima edizione risale al 1960 --e ancora oggi il più importante in Norvegia. È qui che Keith Jarrett e Jan ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

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Big Ears Festival 2017

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Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN
March 23-26, 2017

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 3-7, 2016

In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all:

swing
blues
soul
improvisation
latin
gospel
R 'n' B
crossroads
silence
groove
world ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Veslefrekk: Veslefrekk

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Veslefrekk
Veslefrekk
NORCD
1994

Before there was Supersilent--the renowned Norwegian noise improv group that was a seminal part of the flurry of creative Norwegian activity that, between 1997 and 1998, literally shook the world of improvised music and brought a number of artists, including Nils Petter Molvaer, Bugge Wesseltoft and Eivind Aarset, to far ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Terje Rypdal: If Mountains Could Sing

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Terje Rypdal
If Mountains Could Sing
ECM Records
1995

Today's Rediscovery is If Mountains Could Sing, an album that stands out in Terje Rypdal's career for its marriage of his two seemingly (but clearly not necessarily) divergent paths: one, the rock-edged improvising guitarist; the other, the classical composer of contemporary music first inspired ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skyggespill: Morphing Between Spaces and Phases

Read "Morphing Between Spaces and Phases" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Skyggespill (shadow play in Norwegian) is the moniker of Norwegian keyboards player, electronics and sound designer Kjetil Husebø for his first (and only) electronics recordings project. Husebø references local Norwegian and international sonic explorers like Biosphere (aka Geir Jenssen), Deathprod (aka Helge Sten, known from the acclaimed Supersilent outfit, who mastered this project), Christian Fennesz or ...

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Supersilent: 12

Read "12" reviewed by John Eyles

There is a widely-used saying about London's famous red buses, “You wait ages for one, and then three turn up at once..." Back in the autumn of 2010, it seemed as if it could equally well apply to Supersilent releases. After the quartet's first four albums were all released in 1997-8 (1-3 as a triple, then ...

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InterStatic: Arise

Read "Arise" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Interstatic è una sorta di power trio formato da virtuosi strumentisti quali il tastierista Roy Powell (Anthony Braxton, Art Farmer, Terje Rypdal), il batterista Jarle Vespestad (Supersilent, Tord Gustavsen) e il chitarrista Jacob Young (Karin Krog, Nils Petter Molvaer, Christian Wallumrod). Trio che ha trovato ragioni comuni solide e importanti visto che è alla terza incisione ...