”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
|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.
Vossa Jazz XL: Voss, Norway, March 22-24, 2013
Published: April 10, 2013
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.
Sinikka Langeland is invited to join the KALEVALASEURA ( The Kalevala Society). The Society has 326 Finnish and 124 foreign members.
All of the members have contributed to the understanding of folk traditions, national scholarchip, the arts, or the promoted knowledge of Kalevala.