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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Outstairs

Read "Outstairs" reviewed by Vic Albani


Stabile abitante del sottobosco ECM da oltre tre lustri, Christian Wallumrød è davvero un musicista peculiare che usualmente sfugge all'analisi profonda di molte penne dell'universo della critica internazionale. Probabilmente (e, per fortuna, ci piacerebbe aggiungere) perché da almeno un ventennio riesce sistematicamente a sfuggire dall'orripilante mania dell'etichettatura. Per sfortuna sua, nei tempi moderni, questo è quasi ...

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Outstairs

Read "Outstairs" reviewed by John Kelman


After a four-year break following the biennial run of four recordings beginning with 2003's Sofienberg Variations and ending with 2009's Fabula Suite Lugano (all on ECM), Christian Wallumrød returns with Outstairs. Building on the strength of what came before, the pianist/composer continues to assert a clear identity with this slightly altered ensemble, not only capitalizing on ...

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

Read "Fabula Suite Lugano" reviewed by John Kelman


With The Zoo is Far (ECM, 2007), Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrød introduced a group that expanded on the unique sonorities of his other, same-titled Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. That other Ensemble--the quartet responsible for A Year From Easter (ECM, 2005), and which gave an equally nuanced performance at Molde Jazz 2009--explored the nexus of improvisation and composition, ...

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Fabula Suite Lugano

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Solemn Mosquitoes; Pling; Drum; Jumpa; Dancing Deputies; Quote Funebre; Scarlatti Sonata; Snake; Knit; Duo; I Had A Mother Who Could Swim; Blop; The Gloom And The Best Man; Jumpa #2; Valse Dolcissima; Glissandro; Mosquito Curtain Call; Solo.

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

Read "Fabula Suite Lugano" reviewed by David McLean


Christian Wallumrød has that rare gift of having an instantly recognizable sound. The pianist's music is characterized by unique blend of early music, romanticism, and traditional Scandinavian folk music idioms played with the looseness of jazz and academic curiosity reminiscent of two of his major influences, John Cage and Morton Feldman. Wallumrød has managed to harmonise ...

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The Zoo is Far

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Nash Lontano; Backwards Henry II; Parkins Cembalo; Fragment no. 6; Psalm Kv

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: The Zoo is Far

Read "The Zoo is Far" reviewed by John Kelman


Like many Scandinavian musicians, pianist Christian Wallumrod leads a double life. As a collaborator with artists including singer Sidsel Endresen, saxophonist Karl Seglem and guitarist Jon Eberson, he's an electric player capable of fitting into more jazz-centric (albeit often Nu Jazz) contexts. On his all-acoustic ECM discography, however, he's led a series of groups exploring a ...

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A Year from Easter

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Arch Dance; Eliasong; Stompin at Gargarin; Wedding Postponed; Psalm; Unisono; Lichtblick; Horseshoe Waltz; A Year from Easter; Japanese Choral; Scetch; Eliasong Version 2; Neunacht; Two Years from Easter

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: A Year from Easter

Read "A Year from Easter" reviewed by John Kelman


Like fellow Norwegian and occasional collaborator Trygve Seim, pianist Christian Wallumrød occupies a musical space where improvisation takes place within rigidly structured contexts. But while that is nothing particularly revolutionary in and of itself, the degree to which Wallumrød (and Seim) mesh the two potentially divergent philosophies is what distinguishes A Year from Easter, his third ...


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