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Morten, J. Olsen: Bass Drum!

Read "Bass Drum!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian, Berlin-based percussionist Morten J. Olsen's debut solo album demonstrates how far and advanced his instrumental vocabulary has become. Olsen was part of the high-energy duo MoHa, with guitarist Anders Hana, which later evolved to the powerful quartet Ultralyd, founded by legendary reeds player Frode Gjerstad. After moving to Berlin he became a member of Splitter ...

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Ultralyd: Inertiadrome

Read "Inertiadrome" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been nearly four years since Ultralyd released its 2007 Rune Grammofon debut, Conditions for a Piece of Music, and a lot's happened since that time. The members of this electrified quartet continue to weave their way through the fabric of the cutting-edge Norwegian improvising scene, ranging from the Coltrane-inspired, early Garbarek-tinged modal freedom of The ...

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Ultralyd: Conditions for a Piece of Music

Read "Conditions for a Piece of Music" reviewed by John Kelman

Cross-pollination is one of the things that keeps music moving forward, as artists from different groups come together in new permutations that have clear reference points from where they came, but also create something new and distinctive. Guitarist Anders Hana and percussionist Morten J. Olsen make up the Norwegian noise improv duo MoHa!, whose Norwegianism (Rune ...