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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three new releases on Rune Grammofon

Read "Three new releases on Rune Grammofon" reviewed by John Eyles

Norway's Rune Grammofon label long ago established itself in the front rank, initially based on releases by the group Supersilent plus releases including its members Deathprod (Helge Sten), Ståle Storløkken and Arve Henriksen. In addition, the label has gradually built up an impressive roster including such Scandinavian artists as Alog, Fire!, Jenny Hval, Motorpsycho and Susanna ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

On February 1, 2012, Norway's Kongsberg Jazz Festival unveiled its first series of shows scheduled for the 2012 edition, running from July 4-7, 2012: a total of fourteen shows—seven of them detailed in this press release. AAJ is pleased to announce the lineup for its All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway festival-within-a-festival, following last fall's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrod: If Grief Could Wait

Read "If Grief Could Wait" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when hard lines existed between genres, but they seem long gone when tenor John Potter and electronic composer Ambrose Field can create a very 21st century take on 15th century musical frameworks with Being Dufay (2009), while Norwegian keyboardist Jon Balke conjoins baroque string ensemble and Fourth World progenitor, trumpeter Jon Hassell ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011

Read "Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Polar Jazz / Arctic Mood
Longyearbyen,
Svalbard, Norway
February 3-7, 2011

Flying into Longyearbyen is a surreal experience. It's a two-day trip from North America--one day to get to Oslo, Norway, and the second to make the final trek above the Arctic Circle to the islands of Svalbard, about halfway between the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep

Read "Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep" reviewed by John Kelman

Since releasing its first album, Supersilent's groundbreaking 1--3 (1998), Rune Grammofon has evolved into one of Norway's most consistently intrepid and unfettered labels. With every passing year, it's stylistic purview--largely focusing on Norwegian artists--expands just that extra bit further, with music ranging from the sublime beauty of In the Country's debut, This Was the Pace of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norwegian Road Trip, Part 3: Oslo, July 12-14, 2010

Read "Norwegian Road Trip, Part 3: Oslo, July 12-14, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

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[Editors Note: From July 6 to July 26, 2010, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman will travel throughout Norway to cover both the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (also participating in Silver City Sounds) and Molde ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: 3

Read "3" reviewed by John Kelman

The ability of musicians on the Norwegian scene to live in a multitude of musical spaces was made clear at Molde Jazz 2009, where trumpeter Arve Henriksen performed in a variety of settings, ranging from the sublime beauty of his Cartography group to more aggressive noise improv with Supersilent. The two members of Susanna and the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Melody Mountain

Read "Melody Mountain" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Che l'identità sia uno dei temi più problematici nella musica - e non solo! - di oggi non è novità che dovrebbe stupire più di tanto. Anzi non è novità per nulla! Volendo sintetizzare in un solo disco questa situazione, il nuovo Melody Mountain di Susanna and the Magical Orchestra è un ottimo esempio. A partire dal nome della ...