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Trygve Seim

Trygve Seim was born in Oslo in 1971, and took up the saxophone at the age of 14. His earliest inspirations were, he says, Jan Garbarek, electric Miles Davis, and ECM's documentation of European improvising. Seim studied jazz at the Trondheim Conservatory. During those studies he met pianist Christian Wallumrod, co-producer of the present disc and an ECM artist in his own right (see “No Birch” ECM 1628) and together they formed the group Airamero, which made Scandinavian tours with Kenny Wheeler and played in Germany with Nils Petter Molvaer. In 1992, Seim, now based back in Oslo, joined the “little big band” Oslo 13 and appears on its 1993 album “Live”; when leader Jon Balke left the group in 1995, Seim and fellow saxophonist Morten Halle became the ensemble's principal composers.

In 1993, Seim co-founded the quartet The Source, a group originally rooted in the free jazz tradition but which has since developed a personal style of its own

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Article: Album Review

Kjetil Mulelid: Agoja

Read "Agoja" reviewed by Chris May


Over the course of three albums with his trio between 2019 and 2022, and the exquisitely pretty solo set Piano (Rune Grammofon, 2021), keyboardist Kjetil Mulelid has emerged as a bright new star in Norwegian jazz. His playing is vivacious, his composing melodic and his overall sound consonant but full of unexpected twists and turns. Mulelid ...

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Wind And Sun

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Row My Ocean; Wind and Sun; It Walks And Talks; When The Heart Is A Moon; Hands That Held; A Child Who Exists; A Window Tells.

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Article: Album Review

Sinikka Langeland: Wind And Sun

Read "Wind And Sun" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Pause. Trust your inner self to guide you. Prepare to avoid the constant bombardment of a multitude of society's mind and body piercing assults. If you're not sure where to start, Sinikka Langeland is willing to help guide you. A master of the kantele (a Nordic instrument with similarities to plucked string instruments such as a ...

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When The Heart Is The Moon

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Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:13

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz Going Strong and Poetic at 50

Read "Vossa Jazz Going Strong and Poetic at 50" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2023 Origin stories in the still-young-ish wild frontier of jazz festival culture can be fascinating case studies in feisty pioneer spirit. Take the Western Norwegian Vossa Jazz Festival, an important stop in the storied Norwegian festival circuit, which celebrated its ripe old 50th birthday this ...

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Article: Album Review

Mette Henriette: Drifting

Read "Drifting" reviewed by David Bruggink


With her self-titled double album debut in 2015, Norwegian saxophonist Mette Henriette arrived on ECM Records, and the international jazz scene, with an impressively assured artistic statement. On it she introduced her versatile technical skills, running the gamut from untamed skronk to near-silent breathing, all presented with her wintry perspective--a perfect fit for the chilly atmospheres that ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Terje Rypdal: Odyssey: In Studio and In Concert

Read "Terje Rypdal: Odyssey: In Studio and In Concert" reviewed by John Kelman


To achieve confluence, an artist must first demonstrate multiplicity. With the benefit of hindsight, the meeting of disparate concepts might appear inevitable when reassessing a decades-long career, but few artists actually possess not only the building blocks but the intuition and acumen to achieve what is, in Sanskrit, called Sangam. That ECM has two recordings using ...

Album

Roraima

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Yarori Ancestors; The Hutukara Forest; The Poriporiri Moon Being; The Mothokari Sun Being; The Paths Of Light I; The Evil Në Wari And Xawara Beings; The Presentation Dance; The Paths Of Light II; The Xapiri; The Jaguar Being Iramari; The Amoa Hi Song Tree; The Paths Of light III; The Flowers Of Dream; The Words Of Merchandise; The Shaman´s Death; The Great Mourning Of Roraima; The Falling Sky.

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...


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