35

Bruno Råberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

Marithe Van der Aa By

Sign in to view read count
The number three has always had a symbolic and spiritual significance in many different religions and cultures—and, in his latest album Triloka (literally translated as 'Three Realms'), Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg pays his own personal homage to the trinity of...well, everything.

Inspired by South Indian carnatic music, the album immediately cuts to the chase with its enchanting title track, "Triloka," which—not too surprisingly—has a threefold structure. The entire album is written for strings only, and despite not having a complete rhythm section at hand, the music proves to be full of energy and groove in pieces such as "Chandra Soma" and "Trilogy For Strings (Part III)." In addition to South Indian music, Råberg's other musical influences include jazz improvisation and Swedish folk music. This equally appropriate ternate concept is displayed beautifully in "Sojourn For Strings," which starts within Western, diatonic harmonies and later ventures out into microtonality, where violinist Layth Sidiq takes a tasteful solo exploring Arabic sounds and colours.

The album draws to a peaceful close with the serene "August Hymnal," in Råberg's words a "tribute to the end of summer, an afterthought and at the same time an anticipation of fall." Triloka is a captivating album with an almost orchestral flair to it; at times dark and foreboding, yet at other times playful and light.

Track Listing: Triloka - Three Realms; Chandra Soma - Bass Intro; Chandra Soma; Wave Play (Vagspel); Sojourn for Strings; Trilogy For Strings: Part I - The Clearing; Part II; Part III - The Meeting; August Hymnal.

Personnel: Bruno Råberg: acoustic bass; Vicente Espi: violin; Carlos Felipe Silva: violin; Rob Thomas: violin; Layth Sidiq: violin; Alliz Espi: viola; Daniel Lay: viola; Marta Roma: cello; Mike Block: cello; Naseem Alatrash: cello; Nate Sabbath: acoustic bass; Charles Overton: harp.

Title: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Orbis Music

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Message XII

Message XII

Bruno Raberg
Tailwind

Area 51

Area 51

Bruno Raberg
Plunge

April Suite

April Suite

Bruno Raberg
Lifelines

Album Reviews
Read more articles
Tailwind

Tailwind

Red Piano Records
2018

buy
For The Unknown

For The Unknown

Orbis Music
2016

buy
Hot Box

Hot Box

Orbis Music
2015

buy
Plunge

Plunge

Orbis Music
2013

buy
Plunge

Plunge

Orbis Music
2012

buy

Related Articles

Read Avec le temps Album Reviews
Avec le temps
By Mark Sullivan
April 23, 2019
Read Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog Album Reviews
Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog
By Mark Corroto
April 23, 2019
Read Requiem for a New York Slice Album Reviews
Requiem for a New York Slice
By Mark Corroto
April 23, 2019
Read Trion Album Reviews
Trion
By Dan McClenaghan
April 22, 2019
Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 22, 2019
Read After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane Album Reviews
After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 21, 2019
Read Cadillac Turns Album Reviews
Cadillac Turns
By Troy Dostert
April 21, 2019