Content by tag "Ballrogg"

Moskus: Salmesykkel

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For a country isolated in the north of Europe, Norway has experienced a surprising number of musical waves. The first came in the early '70s, when producer Manfred Eicher and his fledgling ECM Records label brought the Scandinavian “big five"--Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson and, from Norway, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, guitarist Terje Rypdal, bassist Arild Andersen and ...

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Ivar Grydeland: Bathymetric Modes

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A member of drone-improv band Huntsville and the more abstruse Dans les arbres who has given Ballrogg a facelift with Cabin Music (Hubro, 2012), Norwegian guitarist Ivar Grydeland has built a busy career as a performer and as co-head of the extremely left-of-center SOFA Music. In most live contexts, like his 2007 Punkt Festival appearances with ...

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Ballrogg: Cabin Music

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If 2010's Insomnia (2010) was a significant shift away from the more decided jazz outlook of Ballrogg's self-titled 2008 debut (both on the Bolage imprint), then with Cabin Music, the departure is complete. In the Country bassist Roger Arntzen formed Ballrogg with saxophonist/clarinetist Klaus Ellerhusen Holm in 2006, and six years later the duo is now ...

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Ballrogg: Insomnia

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Contrasting his role in the remarkable Norwegian trio In the Country--responsible for the critically acclaimed debut This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon, 2005) and even more ambitious Whiteout (Rune Grammofon, 2009)--bassist Roger Arntzen formed Ballrogg in 2006, with saxophonist Klaus Ellerhusen Holm; a more intimate duo that found its own dark nexus of ...