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Christian Wallumrød Ensemble — Kurzsam and Fulger (07.10.2016)

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble — Kurzsam and Fulger (07.10.2016)

  Christian Wallumrød Ensemble — Kurzsam and Fulger  Christian Wallumrød Ensemble — Kurzsam and Fulger (07.10.2016)★λ★•     John Kellman of the All About Jazz magazine recognized Christian Wallumrød Ensemble’s appearance at TD Ottawa Jazz Festival June 2013, as no. 8 of his “Best Live Shows of 2013”.   Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.                                                                                                                                                    Location: Trondheim, Norway
Born: 26 April 1971, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Album release: 07.10.2016
Record Label: Hubro
Duration:     38:30
1 Haksong     6:29
2 Fulgsam     2:35
3 Langsam     6:14
4 Phoniks     3:52
5 Klafferas     2:05
6 Arpsam     11:08
7 Kurzsam und Onward     6:07
John Fordham, Thursday 8 December 2016 18.30 GMT / Score: ****
•    Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Kurzsam and Fulger review — from hymnal to mischievous.
•    Norwegian composer/pianist Christian Wallumrød has recorded solo and duo projects and one large~scale work with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in recent years, but this is a return to his long~running Ensemble’s quietly hymnal, beautifully harmonised and occasionally mischievous music. The leader is stripping his sound down even further though, with the group now a quintet (trumpet, sax, cello, percussion, keys), albeit an adaptable one with a sound palette embracing much sonic abstraction alongside conventional tonality. The opening is a catchy cowboy~music shuffle with a simple piano figure rising, falling and occasionally modulating; but the opposite soon follows, as monastic bell chimes are separated by lengthy pauses. Then come harmonium and horn harmonies underscored by Per Oddvar Johansen’s restless tom~toms, ambient hums, squabbly percussion mixed with sucked~wind and sax~reed sounds, faintly gospelly piano, and finally a prancing, stop~start dance. You have to listen closely, but Wallumrød’s musicality always rewards your trouble.
•    https://www.theguardian.com/Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Description:
••   The celebrated Norwegian composer, pianist and bandleader follows his three previous Hubro releases (the solo ‘Pianokammer’, the duo LP Brutter, and a collaboration with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, ‘Untitled Arpeggios and Pulses’) with a new album for his principal performing group, the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble.
••   As well as offering continuities with the past — earlier versions of the Ensemble recorded five well~received albums for the ECM label, from 2001 to 2012 — the performance of the seven original compositions on ‘Kurzsam and Fulger’ represents a significant refinement of Wallumrod’s methods: a further stripping away of extraneous material to create a harder, leaner style that can be as close to pure sound as it is to music. While the composer’s background in both jazz and church music, and his varied musical interests — from early polyphony to John Cage to techno — remain evident, there’s a new, rigorously austere aesthetic where less really does mean more. The minimal instrumental resources that Wallumrød employs, and his daring juxtaposition of sound with long beats of silence, nevertheless combine to produce music of great beauty, as if the limited means used had to be countered by a compensatory leap of imagination.
••   Although this new, cut~down Ensemble is reduced to five members, the players’ doubling and tripling of instruments and their variety of sound~making approaches (blowing, sucking, hitting, scraping, whatever…) make it a kind of highly portable mini~orchestra, whose acoustic effects can mimic electronic processing with uncanny accuracy. And as anyone who has seen the Ensemble in performance will know, it really is a group, with the empathetic contributions of the individual members making them far more than mere interpreters of a pre~existing text. Indeed, the Ensemble itself is the text, each player combining to join the dots of the very faint line separating composition and improvisation. Eivind Lønning plays trumpet; Espen Reinertsen, saxophone; Tove Törngren, cello and the virtuoso percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen, drums and vibraphone. Christian Wallumrød plays piano and harmonium.
••   While the compositions vary in duration from the two~minute miniatures of ‘Fulgsam’ and ‘Klafferas’ to the relatively epic ‘Arpsam’ (11’05”), and stylistically from the giddily kinetic to the almost entirely static — everything is all of a piece: intensely meditative, intricately worked music designed to reward patient listening.
••   The particular pleasures of the new Ensemble are captured in the opening track, the disconcertingly jaunty ‘Haksong’, a solo version of which also appears on ‘Pianokammer’. A clip~clopping, horse~drawn rhythm conjures up the vision of a rolling prairie landscape, the image accentuated by the half~heard sounds of what could be whoops and hollers. As if to undercut the catchy, almost pop~friendly, repetitions of the tune and the horn players’ parping brass and reed harmonies, the music then devolves into a series of experimental glissandi, like the ending of the Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’ re~scored for quintet. It’s a lovely, brave and entirely successful touch, emblematic of Wallumrød’s command of different musical registers and the ability to synthesise them into a wholly personal, enduringly satisfying style.
With Christian Wallumrød Ensemble:
•    2001: Sofienberg Variations (ECM)
•    2004: A Year From Easter (ECM)
•    2007: The Zoo Is Far (ECM)
•    2009: Fabula Suite Lugano (ECM)
•    2013: Outstairs (ECM)
•    2016: Kurzsam And Fulger (Hubro Music)
Label: http://hubromusic.com/

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble — Kurzsam and Fulger (07.10.2016)



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