Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Trees Of Light (2015) [FLAC 24bit, 44,1 kHz]

Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa - Trees Of Light (2015) [FLAC 24bit, 44,1 kHz] Download

Artist: Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa
Album: Trees Of Light
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2015
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 56:38
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 520 MB

Tracklist:

01. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Krippainggler (08:43)
02. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Dröm (03:55)
03. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Jag Starkvar (03:19)
04. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Urbanus (04:02)
05. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Hirajoshi (05:58)
06. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Minni (02:03)
07. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Ogadh Dett (05:39)
08. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Lyöstraini (05:14)
09. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Slingerpolska (02:28)
10. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Uoruo (05:59)
11. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Lyösfridhn (04:49)
12. Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark, Karin Nakagawa – Vilda Vindar (04:26)

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Anders Jormin’s new Swedish-Japanese project returns the highly distinctive voice and fiddle of Lena Willemark to ECM (her first appearance on the label in more than a decade), and introduces koto player Karin Nakagawa. In their collaborative music the Japanese classical tradition and the stark, archaic sounds of the koto, allied to Jormin’s muscular bass improvisations, form a unique context for Lena’s sung poems, delivered in her native Älvdals-dialect. Traditions and non-idiomatic improvising are cross-referenced, and new paths are opened up.Bringing together composed music by all three participants—and recorded after two years spent working on the music in rehearsal and in concert—Trees of Light is rife with singable themes, cascading supportive lines and swirling koto sweeps that allow the music to ebb and flow so organically that the improvisation, so fundamental to its raison d’être, oftentimes blurs the line between form and freedom. With the broad-ranged koto able to traverse the entire range covered, in parts, by Jormin’s bass and Willemark’s fiddle, it often possesses an adherent quality, joining all three instruments into a seamless whole.
But, while there are songs where, indeed, the three players come together as a glorious whole, there is also plenty of space for permutation and combination…and solo excursions too, with koto, first alone, ultimately supporting Willemark’s voice before Jormin joins in to complete the imagery. Jormin’s remarkable and inimitable extended techniques (both pizzicato and arco)—developed over decades now—are given a cappella moments, too; and Willemark proves herself as compelling and evocative a fiddler as she is a singer—sometimes playing with raw, almost unfettered energy, other times so delicately that it seems as though she is barely breathing on her strings.
As transcultural collaborations go, Trees of Light is an unequivocal success, with Willemark having taught Nakagawa the Swedish polska and Nakagawa, in turn, shedding light on the millennial koto tradition for both Willemark and Jormin. Together, the three make music that’s redolent of both traditions and yet reveals something else as well.

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