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Arve Henriksen

Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991, and has worked as a freelance musician since 1989.

He has worked with many musicians familiar to ECM listeners, including Jon Balke (with whose Magnetic North Orchestra he has played extensively), Anders Jormin, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Marilyn Mazur, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvær, Misha Alperin, Arkady Shilkloper, Arild Andersen, Stian Carstensen, Dhafer Youssef, Hope Sanduval, the Cikada String Quartet, The Source and more. He has played in a wide spectre of contexts, ranging from working with koto player Satsuki Odamura, to the rock band Motorpsycho via numerous free improvising groups with Ernst Reisiger, Sten Sandell, Peter Friis-Nilsen, Terje Isungset, Marc Ducret ,Karl Seglem et cetera

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by David Bruggink

A cross-cultural collaboration between Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset, sound manipulator Jan Bang, and Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Atmosphères seems to be a quintessential ECM release in certain ways. It exhibits qualities that come readily to mind when imagining the ECM aesthetic: sonic minimalism, musical gestures with exquisite subtleness and thrilling, sometimes discordant, experimentation. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stillefelt: Stillefelt

Read "Stillefelt" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

British bassist/electronics player Chris Mapp initially formed the Stillefelt trio as a “quiet band" in response to his group Gonimoblast, which can often be quite the opposite, as heard on Gonimoblast Live (Stoney Lane Records, 2017). The band name means “quiet field" in Norwegian. Mapp is joined by Percy Pursglove (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Thomas Seminar ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music

Read "Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

There's a lot to be said about musical excellence in versatility when it comes to guitarist Jacob Young. The Norwegian fret-acrobat came to international prominence in the early 2000s, when ECM's Manfred Eicher detected his remarkable chops and subsequently recorded and released Young's debut Evening Falls (2004) for the prestigious German label. Two more sessions followed ...

Jan Bang e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Jan Bang e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Mi interessa lavorare su cose molto concrete come il ritmo, la tessitura, la melodia, l'armonia. Come dice una mia buona amica, la cantante norvegese Sidsel Endresen: se hai tempo, allora tutto il resto alla fine si risolverà. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wako: Wako

Read "Wako" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bands will often self-title their debut album, as a kind of calling card to the world at large. But doing so on a fourth album implies a serious coming of age statement: this is really who we are. That is certainly the case here. Its third album, Urolige sinn (Øra Fonogram, 2018), was a blend of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang: Snow Catches on her Eyelashes

Read "Snow Catches on her Eyelashes" reviewed by John Eyles

Although they had been collaborating since the early 90s, the first recording on which the Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and American-born, Norway-resident Jan Bang appeared together was Bang's Pop Killer (Virgin, 1998). In the years since, Aarset and Bang have collaborated on many more albums, but this is the first to credit them as a duo. ...

The Timeless Nowhere

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2019
Track listing: Captured Under Mountainsides: Amazed by its Beauty; From a Distance; Fog and Light; Traces, Marks and Imprints of Time; Abandoned Schoolhouse; Valley Echolocation; The Storyteller; The Painter, the Poet and the Past; Bedehus – House of Prayer; Tún – Old Remains of Settlement; Water Inscriptions; Tilia Cordata; Acousmograph: Shadow Lines; Prelude Unfolding; Pathless Forest; Cinématique Graphique; Port of Call; Monochrome Garden; The Timeless Nowhere; Chamber Calibration; Embracing Life of Solitude; Dimly Lit Frescoes; Point of Departure; Cryosphere: Origin; Perfectly Diffuse; Subsurface; Radiative; Eating Stars; Intoku; Levitation; Aerial; Myosis; Towards Language – Live at Punkt: Traces of Words; Aspirations; Patient Zero; Towards Language; Guarded; Groundswell; Turf War; Vivification; Biding Time; Paridae.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Arve Henriksen: The Timeless Nowhere

Read "The Timeless Nowhere" reviewed by John Eyles

Released as a limited-edition four-LP set, including the music on two CDs--a total of forty-two tracks, running for over one-hundred-and-fifty-six minutes--Arve Henriksen's The Timeless Nowhere mainly comprises new recordings and unreleased material dating from 2007 to 2019. (Only the live recordings from the 2017 Punkt festival have previously been available, by streaming or download.) Not a ...


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