Posts Tagged ‘ECM

30
Jan
11

Sidsel Endresen :: singer, composer and poet

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Sidsel Endresen has been at the forefront of the Norwegian music-scene for more than two decades. Her work has spanned genres from jazz-fusion and jazz-rock in the 80’s to free-improvisation and electronics. Sidsel has performed with Norwegian and international big bands, choirs and symphonic orchestras, worked within multi-media performances, theatre and dance and collaborated with various Norwegian poets. In international media she has been labelled La Grande Dame of the Nordic poetic chamber-jazz, although she does not consider herself a jazz-singer in the strict sense of the term. Endresen has always moved in new directions constantly renewing her music and her approach to the traditional role and function of the singer. She has worked extensively with her voice as an instrument and has developed a distinctive vocal improvisational style with abstract, phonetic language based on her exploration of the pure sound-aspect of the human voice. Endresen is today considered a major influence on a whole new generation of singers. (edit from the Institute for living voice website)

sidselendresen.com
discography on ECMrecords.com
discography on Jazzlandrecordings.com

30
Jan
11

nils petter molvaer :: innovative trumpeter and jazz composer

The Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær is one of the best innovative musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. His compositions are the fascinating mélange of styles that change between ominous ambient sounds and hard breakbeat, along which atonal screeching sounds of guitars and spacey sound effects are combined with melancholic melodies of deep intensity. Molvær’s début album Khmer from 1997 is probably the most unusual ECM album released in the ’90s, because Molvær’s music is not eschewing the record label’s typical musical aesthetics well-known for elevated chamber-jazz. With his Khmer EP he “subverted the traditions of Europe’s most revered jazz label by the sheer force and beauty of his music, to produce an album of bold organic-electronica, recasting the spirit of Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’ for a new jazz generation and a new century.” (edit from Molvær’s website). He has recorded 8 solo albums since, for more info follow this link.

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Click photo to watch the music video Song of Sand directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud.

Click here to watch an extract from DVD Molvaer Live (Universal, 2001), that was recorded at his concert during the Technics Jazzport Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

www.nilspettermolvaer.com
www.ECMrecords.com




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