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Trio Mediaeval: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rimur (vocabolo che ha già fornito il titolo anche a un album dei Sigur Ros) sono le canzoni in rima o allitterate della tradizione epica islandese che forniscono la base di partenza per questo album del Trio Mediaeval, dove alle voci delle tre cantanti norvegesi si unisce quella strumentale del trombettista loro connazionale Arve Henriksen. I ...

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ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland

Read "ECM e le voci: Theo Bleckmann e Sinikka Langeland" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Con gli anni, le voci hanno acquistato un carattere sempre più rilevante nel catalogo ECM rispetto ai tempi della sua fondazione, quando l'etichetta bavarese era rivolta alla pubblicazione di musica di carattere prevalentemente jazzistico e quasi esclusivamente strumentale. I primi nomi di cantanti a trovar spazio nel catalogo dell'etichetta sono stati quelli di Norma Winstone, Aina ...

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Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Rímur are songs in the unique Icelandic tradition of rhyming narrative verse. Transmitted orally for centuries, in the twentieth century they were recorded and transcribed by ethnographers and folk song collectors. They form part of the inspiration for this music, along with chants, folk songs, religious hymns, and fiddle tunes. There's also an emphasis on improvisation, ...

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Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

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Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Read "The Magical Forest" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian singer and kantele player Sinikka Langeland leads her Norwegian-Finnish-Swedish Starflowers quintet through a series of songs built upon myths and legends from Finnskogen, the forested area in eastern Norway bordering Sweden where Langeland has been based since 1992. The name means “forest of the Finns," reflecting the history of Finnish migration to the place during ...

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Sinikka Langeland: The Magical Forest

Read "The Magical Forest" reviewed by John Kelman

Some pairings seem, in retrospect, to be made in heaven; so inevitable that it's only when they actually take place that it becomes clear how predestined they were all along. Sinikka Langeland--a forward-thinking traditional singer and kantele (Finnish zither/dulcimer variant) champion garnering significant attention in her home country of Norway over the past two decades--has, since ...

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Punkt Festival 2015

Read "Punkt Festival 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norway September, 3-5, 2015 Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway on the Skagerrak strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest-Agder.

Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu

Read "Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu" reviewed by John Kelman

With only four records released as a leader on ECM, it may seem a little early to release a “best of" disc for drummer Manu Katché. But having since moved on to fellow German label ACT for Live in Concert, while Touchstone for Manu is only being released in North America in the summer of 2015, ...

Anders Jormin / Lena Willemark / Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light

Read "Anders Jormin / Lena Willemark / Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light" reviewed by John Kelman

It's not often that a new recording appears on ECM from Anders Jormin--a bassist who is, perhaps, best-known for his work in fellow Swede Bobo Stenson's ongoing trio, last heard on 2012's superb Indicum (ECM), and for his tenure, alongside Stenson, in Charles Lloyd's career-defining 1990s quartets, collected recently in the Old & New Masters Edition ...

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Sinikka Langeland: The Half-Finished Heaven

Read "The Half-Finished Heaven" reviewed by Vic Albani

Esistono, lo sanno bene gli elfi piuttosto che gli umani, paradisi finiti a metà. Uno di questi lo racconta -grazie anche alle liriche di Tomas Tranströmer -nella sua quarta esperienza nei solchi di ECM la norvegese {Sinikka Langeland, regina del delicatissimo kantele, un'interessante variante del nordico dulcimer in stile cetra/arpa. L'altro è quello ormai certificato e ...


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