Sunday, June 28, 2009
Arve Henriksen's new album is called "Ellivan" (NORCD 2009). He has composed music to Norwegian poet Elling Vanberg's (1937-1993) lyrics, and Vanberg is reading them (archive material from norwegian radio). The musicians are Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice), Anna Maria Friman (voice), Karl Seglem (goat horn, voice), Terje Isungset (drums, voice, ice) and Jan Bang (sampling) and the music is just beautiful, both when it stands alone and when it adds colour to the poet reading.
If you don't understand Norwegian (and this is in local dialect too, just to make it even more difficult), you don't have to worry about the words here, because they are not translated into English. His books are only in Norwegian too. But sometimes i put on an album with songs from Madagascar, and that sounds just fine to me, so why worry?
Cover photo: Oddleiv Apneseth.