Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SPUNK: Adventura Botanica

You must not forget to get Spunk´s new album "Adventura Botanica" on Rune Grammofon (2014).
The limited vinyl versions were unfortunately gone in no time though.

The music is based on a commissioned work for choreographer and dancer Odd Johan Fritzøe. Fritzøe´s performance is inspired by the works of Charles Darwin, and here is what is written on his Vimeo: "In the same way as Darwin studied coevolution between plants and insects, Frtitzøe´s ensembly has been inspired by the Darwin ´s theories. The quartet SPUNK has created potent noise poetry provided from five sound sculptures".

The tracks are named after plants: White Water Lily, Mountain Clover and Common Hepatica. Quite an organic and evolutionary album from SPUNK this time.

Have a listen on Rune Grammofon´s Soundcloud, and watch the video from Fritzøe´s performance below.

SPUNK is: Kristin Andersen (trumpet, flutes), Lene Grenager (cello), Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (voice) and Hild Sofie Tafjord (french horn).

Cover: Kim Hiorthøy.

Also well worth checking out: Maja Ratkje´s "Adventura Anatomica" (Semishigure 2006) for another Odd Johan Fritzøe piece.

Adventura botanica from Odd Johan Fritzøe on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The walls of Bergen again

Some colorful Bergen graffiti for you today, to raise your spirits.

I guess I will be back with more street art before the weekend. A releaseparty for the book "Street Art Bergen" is happening Thursday evening.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New albums on SOFA

Why don´t you have a listen to two new relases on the Sofa label?

Microtuba is Robin Hayward (microtonal F-tuba), Martin Taxt (microtonal C-tuba) and Kristoffer Lo (microtonal C-tuba). Their album "Star System" was recorded at Sjøbygda Art House in Selbu, Norway in April 2013. Microtonal and minimalistic, but please try to dance to the track "Squaredance" if you please.

Citing Sofa
: "The 3-dimensional graphic scores used on the album Star System are subsets of the Hayward Tuning Vine, which arose out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. Each of the balls represent pitches, and the struts between them musical intervals".

Michael Francis Duch´s "Tomba Emanuelle" was recorded in May 2013 at the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, famous for it´s acoustics.

Citing M.F. Duch: "It is an unedited concert recording of a piece I have been working on since it was first commissioned by nyMusikk Bergen in 2012. It is for one or more bass instruments exploring different registers, timbres and acoustic effects of their instruments and their relation to the room it is being performed in".


If you have visited this blog more than once, you may already have guessed that I am a big fan of the Norwegian record label Hubro.

Friday 25 October they celebrated their first five years with a Hubro Label Night at Nasjonal Jazzscene, Victoria in Oslo.
The concert was streamed, and is now edited (the full stream is on YouTube too, if you want to enjoy all the waiting between bands!) to present three fine videos with the bands Moskus, Building Instrument and Mats Eilertsen Trio.

Moskus: Anja Lauvdal (piano), Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson (bass) and Hans Hulbækmo (drums).

Building Instrument: Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, sampler, zither, percussion, kazoo), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums and percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synthesizer, electronics, melodica).

Mats Eilertsen Trio: Harmen Fraanje (piano), Thomas Strønen (drums) and Mats Eilertsen (bass).

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soundtrack of my life: Robert Wyatt

The Guardian (26 October 2014) interviewed Robert Wyatt on some favorite music. And here is "the soundtrack of his life": Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Willimas, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Kalinka Vulcheva, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and Pharrell Wilson.

Pharrell Wilson´s "Happy" is named "The recent song that is as good as the 60s classics". A fine one indeed!

"English rock is all about beer and guitars. That’s why I don’t really fit in. I’m much more wine and keyboards" (R.W.).

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Wind of Change

A very short interview with Jerry Dammers and Robert Wyatt on the SWAPO Singers/Wyatt single "The Wind of Change" (1985). I believe I have seen this somewhere else, but I´m not quite sure where.

The uploader says this about the quality of the video "many of my videos are old versions from VHS that are copies of copies of copies that 30 years ago I had clandestinely from a friend of mine that he had from a friend of a friend of a friend of his".

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Digital Primitives

Wow! Check out Digital Primitives at Jazz House (Copenhagen)! They were a part of the Paal Nilssen-Love curated "Action Jazz" concert series (still going on, October 2014).

This makes me happy, happy, happy - happy to be alive!
No I haven´t taken any drugs, see last part of part 2, and you might agree with me!

Musicians: Cooper-Moore (hand crafted instruments - diddley-bo, banjo, mouth bow, flute, drums, vocals), Assif Tsahar (tenor sax, bass clarinet9 and Chad Taylor (drums, M'bira).