|Nils Petter Molvær — Buoyancy (September 20th, 2016)|
Nils Petter Molvær — Buoyancy (September 20th, 2016) ♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is Norwegian.
♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is a trumpeter.
♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is a jazz musician.
♠ However, that explains nothing at all …
♠ … about an artist who never defines himself by what he is at any given time but always by what is beyond the horizon he is aiming for. Let’s try again.
♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is provocative.
♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is unpredictable.
♠ Nils Petter Molvaer is always a world ahead of himself and the rest of humanity.
♠ “I want to do something different each time I play. There is no point in repeating things.” — Nils Petter Molvaer
Born: 18 September 1960, Langevåg, Møre og Romsdal
Genre: Jazz, future jazz, jazz fusion, electronica
Location: Oslo, Norway
Album release: September 20th, 2016
Record Label: OKeh Records/Sony Music Classical
01 Ras Mohammed 5:29
02 Gilimanuk 3:48
03 Moute Cave 1:58
04 Jackson Reef 4:42
05 Puri Jati 3:49
06 Lamna Reef 3:51
07 Amed 9:16
08 Martoli Bridge 2:03
09 Kingfish Castle 4:54
10 Maddagala (bonus track) 5:19
♠ Myhre, Molvær 1, 2, 6, 7, 10
♠ Molvær 3, 8
♠ Dahlen, Sundstøl, Myhre, Molvær 4
♠ Sundstøl, Molvær 5
♠ Dahlen, Myhre, Molvær 9
◊◊ Jo Berger Myhre: Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Twelve–String Guitar [12–String Guitar], Electric Guitar, Synth [Synths], Electronics, Electronics [Radio], Noises, Handclaps
◊◊ Erland Dahlen: Drums, Bells [Handbells], Bells [Blossombells], Bells [Rackbells], Tom Tom [Marching Toms], Drum Machine, Frame Drum [Frame Drums], Slit Drum [Log Drum], Xylophone, Percussion [Metalplate], Piano, Shaker [Shakers], Performer [Knives And Forks], Handclaps
◊◊ Geir Sundstøl: Pedal Steel Guitar, Guitar [Shankar Guitar], Electric Guitar, Guitar Banjo, Resonator Guitar [National], Handclaps
◊◊ Nils Peter Molvær: Trumpet, Electronics, Voice [Voices], Loops, Handclaps
°•° Recorded with the same group he had in the studio for SWITCH, Nils Petter Molvaer’s new album ‘Buoyancy’ is the logical continuation of its predecessor, whilst also taking the music a step further. Here the group works more closely as a unit and performs the music more spontaneously in the studio. A range of soundscapes, grooves and hauntingly beautiful little melodies emerge from the trumpet master’s instrument to create an intense collection of colourful paintings in sound. ‘Buoyancy’ : the ability or tendency of something to float in water; a cheerful and optimistic attitude or disposition.
°•° Molvær was born and raised on the island of Sula, Møre og Romsdal, Norway and left at age nineteen to study on the Jazz programme at the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1980–82). He joined the bands Jazzpunkensemblet with Jon Eberson and Masqualero, alongside Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen and Tore Brunborg. Masqualero (named after a Wayne Shorter composition originally recorded by Miles Davis) recorded several albums for ECM Records and Molvær recorded with other ECM artists before his 1997 debut solo album, ‘Khmer’. The record was a fusion of jazz, rock, electronic soundscapes and hip~hop beats. Molvær’s muted trumpet sound, sometimes electronically processed, had an obvious debt to Miles Davis’s work of the 1970s and 1980s, but without being a slavish copy. He has recorded several albums since and has also produced film and theatre music.
♠ Recorded at Ocean Sound Recordings, 8th ~ 13th of February 2016
♠ Additional recordings at Kennel Collective
♠ Mixed at Kysten Studio
♠ Mastered at Audio Virus Lab
♠ Artwork [Cover Art] — Ørnulf Oppdahl
♠ Design [Graphic Design] — Martin Kvamme
♠ Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Twelve–String Guitar [12–String Guitar], Electric Guitar, Synth [Synths], Electronics, Electronics [Radio], Noises, Handclaps — Jo Berger Myhre
♠ Drums, Bells [Handbells], Bells [Blossombells], Bells [Rackbells], Tom Tom [Marching Toms], Drum Machine, Frame Drum [Frame Drums], Slit Drum [Log Drum], Xylophone, Percussion [Metalplate], Piano, Shaker [Shakers], Performer [Knives And Forks], Handclaps — Erland Dahlen
♠ Engineer [Mixing] — Jon Marius Aareskiold
♠ Engineer [Ocean Sound Recordings] — Fredrik Ingebrigtsen, Henning Svoren
♠ Mastered by — Helge Sten
♠ Mixed By [Mix Assistant] – Jardar Westvik
♠ Pedal Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel], Guitar [Shankar Guitar], Electric Guitar, Guitar Banjo, Resonator Guitar [National Resonator Guitar], Handclaps – Geir Sundstøl
♠ Photography by [Bandphoto] — Johannes Lovund
♠ Photography by [Photo (Cover Art)] — Peder Otto Dybvik
♠ Producer [Produced by] — Jo Berger Myhre, Nils Petter Molvær
♠ Recorded by [Additional Recordings] — Jo Berger Myhre
••→ He stretches himself out at will in time and space, subjecting himself to the new technology of the moment in order to give ever new expression to his timelessly unbridled romanticism. His music is full of radical tenderness, compact vulnerability and robust fragility. Nils Petter Molvaer is a living contradiction, and that is what makes him so human as an artist.
••→ Buoyancy follows on from his last album Switch. With a quartet in which he himself plays trumpet, electronics and effects, Geir Sundstöl contributes a storehouse of exotic guitars and banjos, Jo Berger Myhre works out on bass, keyboards and more guitars and the former Madrugada drummer Erland Dahlen is responsible as one of Europe’s most versatile sound–painters for drums, percussion, xylophone, piano and any kind of everyday object you can imagine, Molvaer sallies forth on a journey through the horizontal, vertical and temporal. All four musicians back up their formidable arsenal of sound–generators with their personal integrity and with an incredible wealth of experience that each has collected independently of the others.
••→ Buoyancy is a band album. More than ever, Molvaer has involved his fellow–music-makers in the concept. Switch brought him closer to Sundstöl and Dahlen, while new boy Jo Berger Myhre had considerable influence on the form the album would take, not least as Molvaer’s co–producer. The fact that it is a band venture doesn’t mean that Molvaer could deny himself a few highly poetic solo passages along the way. But in a wonderful way he succeeds in folding the whole band sound into his trumpet, so even the solo passages come across as collective achievements.
••→ Molvaer’s topography of sounds reaches unforeseen dimensions on Buoyancy. Impressions when diving form the conceptual starting–point of the album as a whole and of each track. Molvaer and his merry men are simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. Each song offers the Norseman new deals between various composites of tradition and avant–garde. More than ever, his sounds are grouped around imagined spaces whose contrary parameters can be best described in terms of silence and chaos. Each piece describes a new primal impulse in the sense of a genuine process of creation. Molvaer gives the listener insight into the perpetual cycle of coming–to–be and passing–away. The music is beautiful and yet full of contradictions. It follows a logic that has far more to do with life than with artistic concepts.
••→ Regardless what direction we approach the music on Buoyancy from, its hypnotic power and intoxicating magic is hard to resist. Seldom if ever has the effect of Molvaer’s music been so psychedelic. Some of the songs come across like swoops past imaginary underwater landscapes, others seem like camera journeys through nocturnal cities. Stoic serenity alternates with a driving pulse. Indonesian tropics evaporate into cyberspace. The music is full of contrasts, both in microcosmos and in macrocosmos. Buoyancy is a persistent search for the roots of the future in the present — or in the just-now, or the just–after–that.
••→ fter the release on September 2nd, 2016 the album positioned on place #9 in the French Jazz Charts.
Review von Ulf Kubanke
By ADRIANA CARCU
♦» 1997: Khmer
♦» 2000: Solid Ether (with Sidsel Endresen)
♦» 2002: NP3
♦» 2005: Er
♦» 2005: Edy (soundtrack to the film by Guérin–Tillié)
♦» 2008: Re–Vision (OST outtakes merged into an album)
♦» 2009: Hamada
♦» 2011: Baboon Moon
♦» 2014: Switch
♦» 2016: Buoyancy
♦» 1996: Kongsberg Jazz Award
♦» 1997: Spellemannprisen in the Open class
♦» 1998: Gammleng–prisen in the class Jazz
♦» 1996: Kongsberg Jazz Award
♦» 2000: Spellemannprisen in the Open class
♦» 2003: Buddyprisen
♦» 2005: Spellemannprisen in the Open class
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|Nils Petter Molvær — Buoyancy (September 20th, 2016)|
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