Mysticeti – Messe for blåhvalen

”Mysticeti” har premiere under Vestfold Festspillene i Tønsberg den 24. juni i Støperiet, en gammel skipsverfthall, og i tilknytning til Festspillene i Nord-Norge sitt 50 års jubileum, den 26. juni i Harstad kirke.

Verket er bygd opp etter messens faste former: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus og Agnus Dei, og inneholder både komponert og improvisert musikk.


Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzosopran

Sinikka Langeland folkesang, kantele

Håkon Kornstad tenor, bass-saksofon, altfløyte

Johannes Weisser, baryton

Susanne Lundeng, fele

Knut Buen, hardingfele

Anders Clemens Øien, gitar

Trygve Seim, saksofon

Øyvind Brekke, trombone

Bjørn Kjellemyr, bass

Jon Christensen, trommer

Dag Alveng, foto
Komponist Sinikka Langeland har med seg et topplag med musikere innen jazz, folkemusikk og klassisk.
Marianne Beate Kielland fra Svolvær og Johannes Weisser fra Oslo er blant våre beste sangere med solide internasjonale karrierer. De vil foruten å være hovedsolister, også skape musikk for øyeblikket.

Sinikka Langeland, kantelespiller og sanger, har komponert et verk inspirert av blåhvalens liv og lyder.
Her lar hun jazzmusikere i toppsjiktet møte våre fremste solister innen folkemusikk og klassisk sang. Sammen vil de utfolde seg i musikalsk lek og glede over dette enorme pattedyret med hjerte og lunger som oss, og lyder som bæres med havet. Det er sagt om Sinikka Langelands instrument kantele at det lyder som et helt orkester i seg selv. I dette stykket samarbeider hun med musikere hun har jobbet lenge med, som bassisten Bjørn Kjellemyr, saksofonisten Trygve Seim og trombonisten Øyvind Brekke, mens plateselskapet ECM´s legendariske trommeslager Jon Christensen og Håkon Kornstad er nye musikalske bekjentskaper. Kornstad får utfolde seg både som sanger og som instrumentalist, mens felespiller Susanne Lundeng, oppvokst ved havet i Bodø, og mesterspellmann Knut Buen fra Tuddal i Telemark, løfter fram de folkemusikalske trekkene. Buen er solist på hardingfele i åpningen av verket, som er bygd rundt “Domedagslåtten”. Gitarist Anders Clemens Øien er hentet fra Spania for anledningen. Clemens Øien vant Andrés Segovias pris i 2002 og vil være solist i Credo-delen, en hyllest til kjærligheten.


Selected Signs III – VIII Music selected for the exhibition ECM – Sinikka – Langt innpå skoga

In the winter of 2012/13, the Haus der Kunst in Munich – one of Europe’s most important museums for contemporary art – hosted the exhibition ECM – A Cultural Archaeology. The goal of curators Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller was to show the range of the label’s artistic endeavours in music, graphic art, and photography and its creative interchanges with film, theatre and literature. For this exhibition, Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake created this box-set accentuating directions in ECM’s rich musical history.
Many themes and streams are touched upon here including the range of composition in the New Series, music for and from films, imaginative historical reconstructions, trans-cultural music, ambient minimalism, and jazz and improvisation of many hues, in a collection with a playing time of more than seven hours.With Heiner Goebbels, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett, György Kurtág, Tigran Mansurian, Rosamunde Quartett, Betty Olivero, Kim Kashkashian, Meredith Monk, Giya Kancheli, Keller Quartett, Hilliard Ensemble, Valentin Silvestrov, Eleni Karaindrou, Jan Garbarek, Jon Balke and Amina Alaoui, Rolf Lislevand, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Stefano Battaglia, Tord Gustavsen, Egberto Gismonti, Norma Winstone, Ralph Alessi, Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Colin Vallon, Christian Wallumrød, Tomasz Stanko, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips, Robin Williamson, Old & New Dreams, Sinikka Langeland, Frode Haltli, Gary Peacock, Steve Kuhn, Wadada Leo Smith and many others.

Review Vossajazz March 24: Sinikka Langeland Ensemble by John Kelman

Vossa Jazz XL: Voss, Norway, March 22-24, 2013


Published: April 10, 2013

March 24: Sinikka Langeland Ensemblensemble

Vossa Jazz’s final day started early (11:30am) and ended early (10:30pm, leaving plenty of time to hit the overnight train to Oslo, the first leg of a long trip back home to Canada), but amongst a number of these fine shows, two must-sees stood out.


Sinikka Langeland has been on the Norwegian scene for many years, releasing a number of fine recordings in Norway, based on either folk or classical traditions; but it was with the release of the sublime Starflowers (ECM, 2007) that she finally showed up on the international radar. The singer and kantele player—a plucked member of the dulcimer/zither family—has been exploring the music of Norway dating back to mediaeval times through to Norwegian folk hymns and Bach chorales since Langt Innpå Skoga (Grappa, 1994),but it was with Runoja (Heilo/Grappa, 2002) that, with the recruitment of trumpeter Arve Henriksen, she began to form the group that would eventually coalesce with Starflowers and continue with The Land That Is Not (ECM, 2011), an ensemble also featuring saxophonist Trygve Seim, bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Markky Ounaskari.

Henriksen was not available for Langeland’s Sunday afternoon performance at Osasalen, another venue situated a short five-minute walk from the Park Hotel, but while it would be difficult to ever say the trumpeter’s presence wasn’t missed, the remaining quartet certainly sounded no less complete without him; the only thing the group missed, during its early afternoon show, was the inevitable interaction between Henriksen and Seim, but in a show that drew heavily from her two ECM group recordings, the saxophonist simply assumed a more central role. Still, as a player whose interest in improvisation is one that eschews meaningless demonstrations of virtuosity—and as one of Norway’s most important composers to emerge post-Balke on albums like Different Rivers (ECM, 2001) and Sangam (ECM, 2005)—Seim played with characteristic restraint, his tone on tenor and curved soprano as inimitable as ever, his curious ability to bend notes and play microtonally the result of significant time spent studying in the Middle East, and his strength in evoking melodies redolent of his country’s tradition as unmistakable as always.

Jormin—perhaps better known for past tenures with American saxophonist Charles Lloyd and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, and his ongoing partnership in pianist Bobo Stenson‘s trio—may have been at a disadvantage, with his bass lost in transit and performing on a borrowed instrument, but if he was working any harder to achieve his characteristic singing tone, nobody could have noticed. Ounasakari—who has certainly been getting around since he recorded >Kuára: Psalms and Folk Songs, also appearing in the Fugara (DNL, 2012) quartet, with pianistStevko Busch, trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and saxophonist Paul Van Kemenade and, earlier in the naughties, Brutto Gusto (Challenge, 2003), with Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans—was his characteristically sensitive self; capable of delicately moving the pulse forward with the gentlest of cymbal work but equally able to imbue the music with more power and drive when required.

But as superb as the entire group was, it was hard pull attention away from Langeland. Her playing on the kantele was a revelation; her singing a perfect combination of vulnerability and effortless power. The kantele is a much broader instrument, when it comes to range, than it might appear in photos, and Langeland’s mastery of the instrument was even more impressive live than her recorded performances suggest. Combined with Jormin’s soaring tone, Ounaskari’s textural intuition and Seim’s unfailingly perfect choices, it made for an afternoon performance evocative of sweeping images of barren landscapes and almost painful beauty—one that will not soon be forgotten.

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