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Muddersten: Playmates

Read "Playmates" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The amusing cover art is a take-off on a 16th and 17th century Flanders and Netherlands tradition of still life themes known as vanitas (vanity) paintings that basically portray aspects not deemed important when it comes down to living a fruitful life. Somehow, this experimental Scandinavian trio ties all of these connotations into four distinct tracks, ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

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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 ...

Miguel Angel Tolosa: Ephimeral

Read "Ephimeral" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Spanish sound designer Miguel Angel Tolosa is a Renaissance man, performing on all instruments and / or devices while demonstrating his audio engineering prowess on his inaugural solo album for the Norwegian experimental record label, SOFA Music. Moreover, he's been an integral part of this label's output while also recording for other US and European entities ...

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Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Enough still not to know

Read "Enough still not to know" reviewed by John Eyles

It was back in late 2011 that the last collaboration between Keith Rowe and John Tilbury was issued, E.E. Tension and Circumstance (Potlatch, 2011), having been recorded live in Paris in December 2010. As that was their second duo recording, following the double CD Duos for Doris (Erstwhile, 2003), and they had not played together since ...

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Mural: Tempo

Read "Tempo" reviewed by John Eyles

The most significant thing about Tempo is that it was recorded live in concert at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This octagonal space (pictured on the album cover, right) opened in 1971, a year after Mark Rothko's death. It is sparsely furnished and painted white, with fourteen of Rothko's late works--large black canvasses--displayed around its ...

The Pitch: Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)

Read "Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam) is an appropriate moniker for these two works performed live at an Amsterdam venue by the core Berlin-based quartet The Pitch, with assistance from a combination of six woodwinds and strings performers. With inadvertent semblances to minimalist composer Morton Feldman, the music is largely about ever-so-subtle shifts in sound design and pitch. As ...

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Bergljot: Solen avløser regnet som avløser solen

Read "Solen avløser regnet som avløser solen" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Czech-Norwegian trio Bergljot is now at its third incarnation. The trio--Czech pianist Vojtěch Procházka, whose musical background includes experimenting with extensive work with electronic keyboards, classical Indian music, as well as jazz--along with Norwegian double bassist Adrian Myhr, who explores the sonic vocabulary through preparations and extended bowing techniques, and drummer Tore Sandbakken, who plays ...

Sidsel Endresen: One

Read "One" reviewed by John Kelman

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, ...

Point4: Panopticon

Read "Panopticon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Arguably, this 2008 release stands as one of the more comprehensive and, plainly speaking, finest albums this avant-garde Norwegian record label has issued thus far.

However, that statement unto itself might seem a bit bold, especially when considering its impressive discography and largely exuberant acceptance from global avant-jazz and New Music aficionados. With this double duo ...

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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. ...