This beautiful, purely acoustic quartet brings together four of Norway’s most distinctive and creative musicians.
Embracing the space between classical, folk and jazz, Wallumrød’s poignant and atmospheric compositions perfectly capture the delicate, individual sound worlds of these musicians. Performing without PA or electronics, the group provides a rare chance to hear these eminent musicians perform in their purest state, without PA or electronics.
This is the Ensemble’s debut tour of the UK following the release of Christian’s third album on ECM however the members of this group have toured here before, in many of the highly influential new wave of Norwegian jazz.
Christian Wallumrød has enormous talent not only as a composer but as a diverse and idiosyncratic performer. His first UK appearance was with his electronic band, Close Erase as part of the first Fertilizer festival in 2002. His first full tour was with Sidsel Endresen’s Trio as past of the Contemporary Music Network’s tour Midnight Sun.
Arve Henriksen first made his indelible mark on the British scene in 2000 when he featured in Iain Ballamy’s Food in a Contemporary Music Network tour of a Norwegian Double together with Farmers Market. His haunting sound and limitless improvisatory ideas captured the ears of discerning listeners and his follow up visits – in Supersilent (as part of Midnight Sun) and as a solo performer – together with stunning albums on Runegrammofon have marked him as one of the most important players on the current jazz scene.
Hardanger fiddle player Nils Økland, is one of a small group of Norwegian folk musicians who has successfully created an exciting contemporary take on Norway’s rich folk heritage. Enormously diverse, Nils has performed in the UK with both his own trio (performing both traditional and original music) and with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of Nordic Adventures.
Per Odvar Johansen is a diverse player, performing with a range of artists from Kenny Wheeler, Trygve Seim Orchestra to Nils Petter Molvaer.
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble Tour
Christian Wallumrød: piano / harmonium
Nils Økland: violin / hardangerfiddle / viola d’amore
Arve Henriksen: trumpet
Per Oddvar Johansen: drums
26th Sept – The Sage Gateshead | Tel: 0191 443 4661
27th Sept – Norwegian Church, Cardiff | Tel: 0870 0131812
28th Sept – Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham | Tel: 0115 846 7777
29th Sept – The Spitz, London | Tel: 020 7392 9032
Press Reviews on 'A Year from Easter'
‘Here be composition and improv, light and twilight, slow and slower tempos, Scandinavian folk, pre-Baroque harmony, post-Monk jazz, piano, fiddles, drums and Arve Hendriksen’s trumpet, which mostly sounds like a flute. The music proceeds in tiny cadential steps, short-phrased like stopped thought. And while it may not sing, it thinks and feels and sighs.’
Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday
’When you hear Okland’s beautiful keening Hardanger Fiddle on the folkish ‘Sketch’ or the flute-like tones that Henriksen draws from his trumpet on the pre-Baroque sounding ‘Eliasong’, it’s evident that this is much more than the sum of a series of diverse and diverting influences. At times beautifully eerie as on ‘Wedding Postponed’ and ‘Horseshoe Waltz’, where soft string and trumpet sounds merge with Johansen’s bizarre percussive noises and Wallumrød’s dissonant chords, this is a record that dare to be different. As close to perfection as you’re likely to hear.’
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise
’As with Seim’s larger band, the movement of the music is slow and the exploration of small textural and timbral changes is the point. But Wallumrød also likes Keith Jarrett and early Paul Bley, so his angle on ambient sounds has more swing and edge than might be expected. … The soft, breathy hiss of Henriksen’s trumpet against the repeating, perpetual-motion piano figures and the delicate swoops of the violin gradually build a sensitivity that makes the session come to sound like a torrent of restless activity. … Very quiet, but very strong.’
John Fordham, The Guardian
’A quiet, tranquil yet powerful album from a genuine original with a highly individual musical outlook. Wallumrød deserves a place alongside the late lamented Edward Veasala and the aforementioned Seim in the front rank of recent jazz-inspired innovators.’
Chris Parker, Jazzreview
’Absolutely beautiful Scandi chamber-jazz from another great Norwegian outfit. Paul Bleyish pianist Wallumrød has made bleepy electronica with singer Sidsel Endresen. Here he features breathy trumpeter Arve Henriksen and violinist Nils Økland who bring a folky feel to the music. This is ambient jazz full of small movements and gentle textural changes, but it’s surprisingly robust, with Wallumrød’s piano pleasingly edgy and drummer Per Oddvar Johansen clattering away to good effect. If you buy one Norwegian jazz album this year, this is the one.’