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Northern Tapes - new album out Nov 5

Oct 29, 2013

Finally, after 2 years in the works, our new album is ready to be launched on Jazzland Recordings! It was recorded in 2011 and has rested peacefully, plus gone through quite a bit of post production, just awaiting the perfect launch date, as I've done a bunch of other stuff meanwhile (Liarbird for sure took up some time, besides, two full moviescores and becoming a father + a lot of sideman touring took quite some time as well.) It's entitled NORTHERN TAPES and heres what thats all about (plus a couple of freebies from the upcoming album through soundcloud.) Check out our list of events to find out where we'll be touring with the album - we'll be bringing the brand new VINYL and CD edition with us. And we'll willingly sign it if you want us to..

 

 

 

Ola Kvernberg Trio / Northern Tapes

ENGLISH:
Ola Kvernberg Trio returns to Jazzland with third studio album
As the violinist returns to Jazzland, it is with the stepping stone of his bands. Ola Kvernberg Trio recorded Northern Tapes in 2011 during two studio sessions at the Ocean Sound Studios, located on the northwest coast of Norway.
On the new album, Ola's folk music heritage is even more apparent, while the underlying and entrancing impulses from bluegrass makes for an integral reportoire. When adding the increasingly familiar classical romanticism known to listeners of Kvernberg's music, the result is an intimate and especially playful album, timely panned out to the grand angle. Northern Tapes is the Trio in the dim autumn woods, unambiguously and intimately present to the listener.

The trio invited drummer Børge Fjordheim, whose career spans an impressive variety of genres including Cloroform, Wunderkammer, Morten Abel and Sivert Høyem, to complete a lineup of violin, bass and two drumsets on the majority of the tracks. While adding Fjordheim to the charts would make for a "quartet", Kvernberg still insists "it feels like a trio" adding "- besides, we just don't like the word 'quartet' - it has a traditional ring to it." The seemingly telepathic interplay between drummers Nylander and Fjordheim, supported by the veritable but playful bass of Steinar Raknes, generates an optimal platform for the distinctly lyrical and folky sound of Ola's violin. Northern Tapes is produced by Ola Kvernberg and Erik Nylander.

Ola Kvernberg has received none less than three awards since his latest release. "Liarbird" (2011) was unanimously celebrated among critics both in Norway and abroad, and went on to win the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for Best Jazz Album in 2012. During the Kongsberg Jazz Festival later that year, he received the country's biggest prize; The Kongsberg DNB Musicians Award, receiving 300.000NOK. In 2013 he went on to win the Best Movie Music category at the Amanda Awards (norwegian Oscars equivalent) for his musical score for movie "Chasing the Wind".

NORSK:

Ola Kvernberg Trio gir ut sitt tredje studioalbum

Ola Kvernberg er endelig tilbake på Jazzland Recordings med bandet som har vært grobunn for mesteparten av hans musikalske utvikling. Med trommis og medprodusent Erik Nylander, bassist Steinar Raknes og trommis og altmuligmann Børge Fjordheim, ble "Northern Tapes" tatt opp på - nettopp - tape, mellom sjøsprøyt og måkeskrik i idylliske Ocean Sound Studios på Giske utenfor Ålesund, i løpet av to intense innspillingsfaser i 2011.

Musikken på Northern Tapes en blanding av nyskrevet materiale og bearbeidede tema fra filmene "Nord" (2009) og danske "Eksperimentet" (2010). Albumet begynner der forrige album sluttet. På "Northern Tapes" løftes Kvernbergs folkemusikkinspirasjon ytterligere fram i lyset, og den underliggende og suggererende bluegrasstonen tydeliggjøres gjennom et helhetlig reportoar. Med den etterhvert karakteristiske og allstedsnærværende klassiske romantikken i Ola Kvernbergs harmoniske palett, svøpes det hele inn i et intimt, men likevel tidvis stort lydbilde. Northern Tapes er Ola Kvernberg Trio i den mørke høstskogen, aldri mer enn en hårsbredd unna lytteren.

Tre priser har landa på peishylla til Ola Kvernberg siden forrige utgivelse - "Liarbird" ble kåra til årets jazzalbum i flere av landets største aviser, omtalt som et mesterverk av utenlandsk presse, og smykket med Spellemannspris for beste jazzalbum i 2011. I 2012 mottok han Norges største jazzpris - Kongsberg Jazzfestivals store musikerpris på 300.000. Senest i sommer ble musikken han skrev til spillefilmen "Jag Etter Vind" belønnet med Amanda for beste filmmusikk.

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