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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Officium (ECM, 1993) paired renowned Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek with The Hilliard ensemble--a vocal group with a formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music--playing a riveting and gorgeous set of compositions that were 500 years old. This unusual pairing proved to be a match made in heaven, as the subtle and wistful ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: New York, November 12, 2010

Read "Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: New York, November 12, 2010" reviewed by Warren Allen

Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
New York, NY
November 12, 2010

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the ancient music quartet known as The Hilliard Ensemble first came together through the machinations of ECM records owner and maestro Manfred Eicher. Their auspicious debut collaboration was Officium (ECM 1994), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

At first blush, there is really no reason the eutection of early a capella music and modern saxophone should work. It is antithetical, it makes no sense. However, wizards like Manfred Eicher, saxophonist and ECM stalwart Jan Garbarek, and early music mavens The Hilliard Ensemble not only defy the odds, they redefine them with a bit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by John Kelman

With the unexpected massive success of Officium (ECM, 1994), Jan Garbarek's first collaboration with The Hilliard Ensemble, it would be all too easy for the Norwegian saxophonist and British vocal ensemble to rest on their not inconsiderable laurels, and simply repeat the formula. But while Officium featured a repertoire of structured early music--from Gregorian chant to ...

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Mnemosyne

Read "Mnemosyne" reviewed by Ian Nicolson

Half a decade ago, the visionary in Manfred Eicher met the marketing man head-on and the first collaboration between ECM's most popular artists - and an album called Officium - bridged the outwardly alien worlds of mediaeval ecclesiastical vocal harmony and Jazz saxophone. Garbarek's purity and economy of sound and his independence from the rhythmic history ...