|Nils Økland Band|
Nils Økland Band — Kjølvatn (2015)••• ••• The idiosyncratic Norwegian musician Nils Økland (fiddle / violin / viola d'amore) has had a diverse career. On this sixth album "Kjølvatn" he has put together a brand new band consisting of some of the leading musicians in Norway: Rolf–Erik Nystrom (saxophone), Sigbjørn Apeland (harmonium), Håkon Mørch Stene (percussion), Mats Eilertsen (double bass ).
••• Økland has played as a solist with several major orchestras, written music for London Sinfonietta, film, ballet and theater and played on records with Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Åsne Valland Nordli and Bjørnar Andresen, to mention a few. He has previously published solo album "Monograph" and the duo "Lysøen" along with Sigbjørn Apeland on ECM. Before this he released the albums "Bris" and "Straum" on Rune Grammofon and the self published debut "Blå Harding". Nils plays in rock trio Lumen Drones (ECM), who released a critically acclaimed debut album last October and in the improvisation band 1982. Both as a performer and composer he has built bridges between folk, Jazz and improvised music.
••• Økland himself describes the music on "Kjølvatn" this way: “In my work as a professional violinist in the last 30 years, I have moved between a wide wide range of genres from classical violin to Balkan folk, rock and punk, jazz and free improvisation, to Norwegian folk music. I've always composed my own material inspired by all these expressions; a hybrid between folk music poetry and punk energy. In early baroque music — another musical style I let myself be inspired by — it was common to have sketches as the basis for making music. In this band we work with methods that are inspired by this.”
Album release: September 2015
Record Label: ECM
01 Mali 4:06
02 Undergrunn 6:19
03 Drev 4:21
04 Kjølvatn 5:17
05 Puls 8:17
06 Fivreld 5:14
07 Start 3:06
08 Skugge 3:47
09 Blå harding 4:48
10 Amstel 4:07
♠ Nils Økland: viola d’amore, hardanger fiddle, violin
♠ Rolf–Erik Nylstrøm: saxophone
♠ Sigbjørn Apeland: harmonium
♠ Håkon Mørch Stene: percussion, vibraphone
♠ Mats Eilertsen: double bass
••• Leading Norwegian daily paper Dagbladet spoke of “seductive tones from a magical landscape” and “music that is both physically present and vision–inducing”. Aftenposten praised the “interaction of a formidable band. The violins and fiddles of Økland have the central focus, but the other four musicians create the most enchanting settings and detours.”
••• For more information on Nils Økland’s projects and concerts visit his homepage: www.nilsokland.no. Hard on the heels of his critically–lauded — and distortion–saturated — collaboration with rock players in Lumen Drones comes the next fine album from Norway’s Hardanger fiddle master. His new band makes a quieter but richly creative musical proposal. All the musicians are well–known in diverse contexts. Mats Eilertsen’s elegant bass has been heard on ECM recordings with Tord Gustavsen, Trygve Seim, Wolfert Brederode and Jacob Young. Håkon Stene is a Norwegian contemporary classical percussionist of distinction. Harmonium player Sigbjørn Apeland collaborated with Økland previously on Lysøen — Hommage à Ole Bul. And new music saxophonist Rolf–Erik Nylstrøm has played extensively with Frode Haltli in the trio ‘Poing’. On Kjølvatn most of the music is from Økland’s pen but each band member contributes his unique perspective to the arrangements. As Nils says: “Over the years I have moved between a wide range of genres from classical violin to Balkan folk, rock, jazz, free improvisation and Norwegian folk music. I've always composed my own material inspired by all these expressions. In early baroque music — another musical style I let myself be inspired by — it was common to have sketches as the basis for making new music. In this band we work with methods influenced by this.” Kjølvatn was recorded at the Østre Toten stone church outside Lena, in Norway’s Oppland county. The church has long been noted for its excellent acoustics, also factored into the music–making here.
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