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Aviva Endean: cinder: ember: ashes

Read "cinder: ember: ashes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Aviva Endean's debut album for the Norwegian label SOFA is heady and gleams with interesting abstracts. In addition to her improvisational acumen, she is a shaper of sound. Endean toggles between various clarinet types on each track. With asynchronous minimalist parts and microtonal aspects, she also executes darkly weaving passages, iterated with an alien dichotomy. This ...

Like Driving

Label: SOFA
Released: 2018
Track listing: Everything We Touch Is Electric; Astronaut Peace; Like Driving.

Playmates

Label: SOFA
Released: 2018
Track listing: Private Pleasure 1; Private Pleasure 2; Private Pleasure 3; Private Pleasure 4.

cinder: ember: ashes

Label: SOFA
Released: 2018
Track listing: burst in black: under; apparition: above; vapour: between; distant song: afar; smoulder: beneath; undulations: behind; ashes for viv: before; cinder: ember: ashes.

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Streifenjunko: Like Driving

Read "Like Driving" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The artists' first venture into the world of electronics is quietly mesmerizing and off the beaten path as some would say. Espen Reinertsen (saxophone) and Eivind Lønning (trumpet)'s previous albums, No Longer Burning (SOFA, 2009) and Sval Torv (SOFA, 2012), were acoustic sound-sculpting endeavors. And both musicians have performed together in pianist Christian Wallumrød's ensemble. On ...

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Muddersten: Playmates

Read "Playmates" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The amusing cover art is a take-off on a 16th and 17th century Flanders and Netherlands tradition of still life themes known as vanitas (vanity) paintings that basically portray aspects not deemed important when it comes down to living a fruitful life. Somehow, this experimental Scandinavian trio ties all of these connotations into four distinct tracks, ...

15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Emerging Norwegian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article. Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being “interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its “Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind ...

Ephimeral

Label: SOFA
Released: 2017
Track listing: Rio De Cristal; Tropismos; El Reino Azul; Contornos; Sol De Plomo Y Purpura; Fragmentos De Ti; Pálida Y Móvil, Sombra; Musgo; De Un Pais De Hierro; Allá Lejos.

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Miguel Angel Tolosa: Ephimeral

Read "Ephimeral" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Spanish sound designer Miguel Angel Tolosa is a Renaissance man, performing on all instruments and / or devices while demonstrating his audio engineering prowess on his inaugural solo album for the Norwegian experimental record label, SOFA Music. Moreover, he's been an integral part of this label's output while also recording for other US and European entities ...

Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)

Label: SOFA
Released: 2015
Track listing: Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam).


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