In my veins by 1921

In my veins

by 1921

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In my veins merges David Åhlén’s incomparable voice and timeless melodies in sacral sounding falsetto with composer Andreas Eklöf’s electronic-organic world of harmony and counterpoint in an almost unbelievably dynamic way. It creates an epic atmosphere to linger in. Together, they create an electronic chamber music of sorts.

Baeck by A W Andersson

Bäck

by Andreas W Andersson

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Andreas W Andersson’s solo saxophone interpretations of three of Bäck’s hymns melodies to texts by Olov Hartman brings the listener to the heart of the composer’s struggles, both on artistic and spiritual levels. In the improvisations on “En vapenlös Kristus är farlig” (‘An unarmed Christ is dangerous’) and the Getsemane hymn “Vaka med mig” (‘Stay awake with me’), Andersson conveys in several ways not only Bäck’s melodies, but also in a very direct sense Hartman’s poetry and theology. ”Du som gick före oss” (’Thou who went before us’) was conceived by Bäck and Hartman as part of a small passion for Good Friday. The melody is loosely based on a twelve-tone structure, according to which no pitch ought to be repeated until all the other eleven notes in the chromatic scale have resounded. Andersson’s ingenious take on this melody would certainly have been of great interest to Bäck, who on several occasions spoke highly of the musical ideal of melodic improvisation without accompaniment.

Klavikord by Eklof andPersson

Klavikord

by Andreas Eklöf and Mats Persson

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Released in our own »Compunctio box«. The box contains a cd with music composed and performed by Andreas Eklöf (zither) and Mats Persson (clavichord); a 16 page booklet with texts by Mats Persson, Andreas Eklöf, Andreas Runeson and HansErik Svensson, a 16 page mini picturebook with photographs by Malin Lööf. Cover art and design by Tomas Einarsson.

Nattens lovsång

by Ensemble Lakonia

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Released in our own »Compunctio box«. The box contains a cd with music performed by Ensemble Lakonia; a 16 page booklet with photographs by Per Lu. Cover art and design by Tomas Einarsson.

Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker II - Album Cover

Mitt hjerte altid vanker –
II

by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Håkon Kornstad and Jon Christensen

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad deepen their dynamic co-operation on their two live albums »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I« and »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker II«by adding the legendary jazz drummer Jon Christensen.

    The discovery and recording of his grandmother’s old hymns has opened a door to a musical treasury for double bass player Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. After recording the album »Elise« (Compunctio 2008) together with saxophonist Håkon Kornstad, they were both astonished over the synergy that was brought forth between themselves and the musical material. Whilst touring with the music from »Elise« the question eventually arose: How do we continue this musical journey? And if possible, how do we go deeper, further? The answer became: Jon Christensen!

    On the album  »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I«, recorded in the beautiful Kulturkirken Jakob (Norway) during Oslo jazz festival in August 2009, we can enjoy music bursting with playfulness,  improvisation and musical boldness. The same goes for the new album »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker II«, recorded live at Uppsala Sacred Music Festival (Sweden) in October 2009. By listening to both concerts, with some of the same songs, one will understand how acoustics, artistic moods and different audiences can affect improvisational music and how surprising the different results can become.

Thomas Conrad wrote the following lines about the Oslo concert in the American magazine Stereophile (Jan. 2010):

»… music of strange, stark lyricism and surpassing quietness«. The New York magazine All About Jazz declared that the concert was one of the best during the festival and the critic Terje Mosnes gave the concert a full page of praise in the Norwegian newspaper Norska Dagbladet (Aug. 14, 2009). In the USA, Elise concerts have been acknowledged in publications such as The New York Times, Village Voice and Time Magazine, amongst others.

    The album, »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I« is the continuation of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad’s musical journey through the treasure trove of Norwegian hymns. With Jon Christensen on the drums it also becomes a heartfelt meeting between three of Norway’s most eminent jazz musicians from two generations.

Mitt hjerte altid vanker –
I

by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Håkon Kornstad and Jon Christensen

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad deepen their dynamic co-operation on their new live album »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I« by adding the legendary jazz drummer Jon Christensen.

    The discovery and recording of his grandmother’s old hymns has opened a door to a musical treasury for double bass player Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. After recording the album »Elise« (Compunctio 2008) together with saxophonist Håkon Kornstad, they were both astonished over the synergy that was brought forth between themselves and the musical material. Whilst touring with the music from »Elise« the question eventually arose: How do we continue this musical journey? And if possible, how do we go deeper, further? The answer became: Jon Christensen!

    On the new album  »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I«, recorded in the beautiful Kulturkirken Jakob during Oslo jazz festival in August 2009, we can enjoy  music bursting with playfulness,  improvisation and musical boldness.

    It was during this concert that Jon Christensen joined the duo Flaten/Kornstad for the first time. This pairing brings a feeling of openness, while at the same time adding a sense of enhanced presence and musical excellence.

Thomas Conrad wrote the following lines about the concert in the American magazine Stereophile (Jan. 2010):

»… music of strange, stark lyricism and surpassing quietness«. The New York magazine All About Jazz declared that the concert was one of the best during the festival and the critic Terje Mosnes gave the concert a full page of praise in the Norwegian newspaper Norska Dagbladet (Aug. 14, 2009). In the USA, Elise concerts have been acknowledged in publications such as The New York Times, Village Voice and Time Magazine, amongst others.

    The album, »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker I« is the continuation of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad’s musical journey through the treasure trove of Norwegian hymns. With Jon Christensen on the drums it also becomes a heartfelt meeting between three of Norway’s most eminent jazz musicians from two generations.

This spring, the album  »Mitt hjerte alltid vanker II« will also be released (only as Digital Download). It’s a recording with the same trio, this time performing at Uppsala Sacred Music Festival 2009 a few months after the Oslo concert. By listening to both concerts, with many of the same songs, one will understand how acoustics, artistic moods and different audiences can affect improvisational music and how surprising the different results can become.

We sprout in thy soil

by David Åhlén

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David Åhlén is the son of a Baptist pastor and was literally raised in the church. The simple songs and hymns made an impression on him at an early age. At age four, David started to study classical violin, which he continued through high school. However, when it came down to a choice between playing in an orchestra or writing songs for a pop band, he chose the later.

    Since the mid-90’s, David has been involved with a variety of indie bands. He spent several years as the song writer and lead singer for the band Namur, where you could hear is voice among monotonous guitars, danceable drums, and roaring electronics. Critics described this music as dark, apocalyptic dance rock.

    Over the last three years, David’s musical language has developed toward a simpler expression. With producer Andreas Runeson’s involvement, the arrangements have been peeled back to the core with David’s voice and more intimate, and complete, music remaining. This process of undressing to expose only voice, acoustic guitar and subtle arrangements has allowed his musical journey to reach the surface. The spirit which penetrated his live performances at indie clubs in Europe and the US is still the same, but echoes from the years of violin lessons and the tone of the simple songs of faith he never stopped singing now emerge loud and clear.

»We Sprout in Thy Soil« is David Åhlén’s debut album in his own name.

David Åhlén: Vocals and guitar.

Guest musicians: Johan Berthling (Tape), Christopher Burman, Andreas Eklöf, Andreaz Hedén, Emil Svanängen (Loney Dear), Stockholm Strings, Uppsala Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Mariam Wallentin (Wildbirds and Peacedrums), Miriam Åhlén and Stefan Östersjö.

For others

by Andreas W Andersson

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The first note played on this EP was the first note ever played at a Compunctio Festival, on September 2, 2007! Luckily we recorded the concert, and this is the result: Andreas W Andersson’s first solo release. For those of you who were unable to attend, close your eyes and imagine that you are at the castle of Bjärka-Säby, and listen to the voice of Andreas W Andersson.

Andreas W Andersson has developed a very personal sound, often lyrical but so full of energy that it is perhaps sometimes best labeled as punk. He is playing saxophone in the nationally and internationally acclaimed improvisation trio Plunge. Andreas has co-operated with musicians like Markus Wargh, Marilyn Mazur, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Bobo Stenson, Sten Sandell, Ola Hedén and Andreaz Hedén. He has composed music for improvising big band, theatre, documentary movies and he is a well-appreciated teacher at the folk high school in Skurup and the music academy in Malmö.

Nor

by Andreas Eklöf

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Andreas Eklöf has established himself in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a composer, electronica musician (Eukleuf) and a pop musician, as one of two members in the pop duo Lilak, whose album Birds, water and days will be released fall 2008.

    After many years of composing music to artists such as The Gothenburg Combo (Andreas’s piece, Friday, can be found on their album Soundscapes), movies and art exhibitions, it’s finally time for Andreas debut album NOR.

Mats Persson, who, since the 1970’s, has co-operated with artists such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Mats Gustafsson and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and is one the most well-established musicians within the modern Swedish art music scene, has played an important part in the creation of NOR. He plays on four of the seven pieces on the album. Mats Persson says this about Andreas Eklöf’s music:

“I first came in contact with Andreas Eklöf ’s music during the work with NOR for prepared piano. During the studying of the piece it turned out that Andreas’ extremely subtle and refined way of preparing the piano’s middle register didn’t have anything to do with John Cage’s “classic” prepared piano (which one might first think). It is rather a further development and a refinement of the possibilities for registration that were used on the early 19th century fortepiano. The tension, the playing between prepared and unprepared notes, and a very conscious use of the pedals, creates music in several layers. A fascinating spatial complexity arises: a spatial polyphony.

    The room, the spatial, has apparently continued to interest Andreas. In Patterns for Three Pianos, and in Piece for Three Pianos, the three pianists never really meet. They remain isolated in their own rooms. Instead, the meeting occurs in the imaginary room that the music creates. In Tiento I, (A. Cabezón) – ambience version, Andreas takes it one step further. In this piece he uses pre-existing music and creates the different rooms through which this music travels: a journey, literally speaking, through time and space. In Andreas Eklöf ’s music, one is first struck by its simplicity and maybe even its fragility, but this is deceptive and illusory. Under the surface there is stringency, awareness, expressiveness, and also a wonderful inventiveness and freshness.”

All music on NOR is composed by Andreas Eklöf and performed by: Mats person, piano and clavichord; Stephanie Mulot, Lina Nilsson, Lasse Egge, piano; Olof Olsson, Amund Sjølie Sveen, vibraphones and gongs; Andreas Eklöf, zither and electronics.

Elise

byIngebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad

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It sounds like Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Håkon Kornstad have always played the duo format together. In the album »Elise«, their interplay is natural, while at the same time searching and open, with the room’s great acoustics acting as a third musician. It’s hard to imagine a better way to take advantage of the double bass’s and the saxophone’s sound and possibilities to unite—from colorful multiphonics and soft moves with the bow via suggestive grooves to noisy tone explosions. The music, consisting mostly of Norwegian hymns, is recorded in a room with excellent acoustics at the new castle of Bjärka-Säby, south of Linköping, Sweden, during two days in April 2008. Ingebrigt’s grandmother, Elise Flaten, was a tradition bearer of a treasure trove of old hymns from Oppdal, Norway, and her interpretations of the songs were recorded by the Norwegian National Radio (NRK) in the 1970‘s. Transcriptions of these recordings form the basis of the album »Elise«.

Having two jazz musicians interpreting hymns reminds one of Jan Johansson’s classical album »Jazz på Svenska« (Jazz in Swedish), and though »Jazz på Svenska« has never been a reference for the recording of »Elise«, there are similarities between the both albums. However, Ingebrigt and Håkon are not nostalgic in their interpretations. With their innovative playing, respect for tradition and childish curiosity as to where the music will take them, they have created an extremely dynamic and contemporary album, a sort of »Jazz in Norwegian – for the 21st century«! Keith Jarrett’s »Death and the flower« and the free improvisation »Etter Elise« (After Elise) is also part of the album and, together with the hymns, they create a natural whole.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass) and Håkon Kornstad (saxophone and flutonette) have established themselves as two of the most driven young musicians on the worldwide jazz scene. For a long time now they have been a leading part of the jazz scene in Norway through their frequent and consistent co-operation with Bugge Wesseltoft and the record label Jazzland. The list of great musicians with whom they have co-operated is extensive: Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Pat Metheny, Dave Liebman, Mats Gustafsson, Anja Garbarek, Joe Lovano, Raoul Bjørkenheim, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvær, John Scofield, Yusef Lateef, Bugge Wesseltoft, Joe McPhee, Tony Oxley, Tore Brunborg, Joshua Redman, Axel Dørner, Paul Lytton, Ken Vandermark, Michiyo Yagi, and more…

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Compunctio festival – I

by Multiple artists

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The music on this special release was recorded in august 2007 and is not available on any other album. The 4-track cdwas given to visitors at the Compunctio festival at Nya Slottet Bjärka-Säby, Linköping Sweden, September 2, 2007. The package includes presentation (in Swedish) of the artists – Lena Koller, Carl-Johan Engberg, Rikkard Häggbom, Frida Tebus, Ola Elmquist and Samuel Ottosson – that exhibited art at the festival, as well as info on the record company.

Wasted breaths by David Åhlén

Wasted breaths

by David Åhlén

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Rickard Jäverling plays the glockenspiel on this 7″ and it’s mastered by Christoffer Berg who has mixed The Knife. David Åhlén is a Stockholm-based, suburban father and a touring artist. David grew up playing classical violin and listening to hymns. As a son of a Baptist minister he began to sing and perform in his father’s church at the age of three. As a teenager he started to write songs and play in different popbands. After moving to Stockholm in 1995 he founded Namur (R.I.P.) with his brother Tobias. Namur released one EP and three full-length albums. They toured Europe and US with their apocalyptic dance-rock. David Åhlén is now current with his new acoustic solo project, only bringing his nylon guitar and his angel voice as instruments. This 7″ vinyl, titled »Wasted Breaths«, acts teaser to David Åhlén’s full-length album »We Sprout in Thy Soil« early in 2009.

If I can stop one heart from breaking

If I can stop one heart from breaking

by Gösta Rundqvist and Andreaz Hedén

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»If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking« captures a pivotal moment in piano music for 2007. The meeting of two pianists, one old and one young, sharing a stage for one night and recording the outcome. Each CD is dedicated to a single artist, each recording six tracks of heart-wrenching piano music that takes you from the prepared piano of Henry Cowell or John Cage to the delicacy of Gonzales’ »Solo Piano« album that shook us to the bone in 2004. Despite a 25-year age gap between the two, Andreaz Hedén and Gösta Rundqvist’s separate interpretations under the same title work along the same aesthetic plane, where nuances and intricacies hold equal importance to jarring chord thrusts and heroic diminuendos.

    Although only the fifth release bearing his name, Rundqvist has played over 30 albums previously and played with such artists as Toots Thielemans and Monica Zetterlund. Hedén, on the other hand, who just recently released his critically acclaimed debut trio album, yet displays a talent and integrity that even his idol Keith Jarrett would be proud of. As fractured melodies whirl and jump around your ears, you find yourself delving into a world where the exquisiteness of these compositions is not thrust at you: it must be found upon late-night careful listening and a desire to fully embrace what these CDs have to offer.