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Cambien, Jonas Trio: A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed)

Belgian pianist based in Oslo, Jonas Cambien's Trio with Andre Roligheten on reeds and Andreas Wildhagen on drums, in an album of unique compositions using simple ideas yielding complex improvisation & dialog, named for the Dougal Dixons book "After Man: A Zoology of the Future".
 

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Andre Roligheten-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Andreas Wildhagen-drums

Jonas Cambien-piano


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The album title is borrowed from Dougal Dixons book After Man: A Zoology of the Future

UPC: 5609063003703

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF370
Squidco Product Code: 22124

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Jonas Cambien trio at Fabrikken, Oslo. Mixed by Kyrre Laastad. Mastered by Christian Obermayer. All compositions by Jonas Cambien except "Clap" by Andreas Wildhagen. All arrangements by André Roligheten, Andreas Wildhagen and Jonas Cambienm.

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"Belgian-born, but living in Oslo and being strongly involved in the Norwegian scene, pianist Jonas Cambien makes his debut as a band leader with two of Norway's most exciting players from the younger generation.

Cambien has a particular view of the way improvisation and written material can intertwine. Influenced by textures and methods of free improvised music, his compositions function as a sort of toolbox with a limited set of surprisingly simple ideas that form a starting point for complex improvisation and interplay. Out of abstract landscapes, a collage of recognizable rhythmic and melodic elements emerge, drawn back into abstraction by obsessive repetition.

One can hear a broad range of references, from jazz to contemporary music to folk music from non-existing countries, revealing the diverse backgrounds in which the musicians have been working. Drummer Andreas Wildhagen provides energetic rhythms with a healthy dose of free jazz, and reed player André Roligheten orchestrates with a broad pallet of sounds on bass clarinet and saxophones. On two tracks Roligheten plays tenor- and soprano saxophone simultaneously, making his horns sound like an african brass band, and making the band sound much larger than a trio. A solo by Cambien can go to Ligeti-land, revealing his classical background, and patterns of prepared piano sound like small malfunctioning machines.

All music is acoustic and recorded live by the trio themselves in their practice room, which gives the sound a DIY touch, and the music a raw, spontaneous energy.

A Zoology of the Future is very much like a box of surprises, one after the other after the other, for our astonished pleasure."-Clean Feed Records


The album title is borrowed from Dougal Dixons book After Man: A Zoology of the Future

Artist Biographies

"Norwegian saxophonist, improviser and composer.

André was born in Skien, Norway in 1985. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 8 and early on became interested in improvised music. Roligheten has studied to Bachelor at the Jazz Academy at NTNU in Trondheim, with teachers and mentors like John Pål Inderberg and Erling Aksdal. Now he recently finished his Masters degree in improvised music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

One of Rolighetens main projects is the duo "Albatrosh". After winning the prestigious Norwegian "JazzIntro" award in 2008, "Young Jazz Musicians of the year", Albatrosh has had busy years. In 2009 they released their critically acclaimed debut album, "Seagull Island" (InnerEar), as the cohesive press celebrated with solid rolls of the dice, and by the big Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet described as "perhaps the most exciting release in Norwegian elite jazz in many years". And John Kelman from All about jazz: "Roligheten and Dale manage to say much without ever resorting to excess. A fine debut from a duo with a bright future, Seagull Island doesn't just suggest great promise; it delivers on it as well." In 2010 they released their second album "Mystery Orchestra with Grenager & Tafjord", featuring cellist Lene Grenager and horn player Hild Sofie Tafjord. This album received great reviews as well, and the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen ranked it to be the best Norwegian jazz record of 2010. At North Sea jazz 2009 they took part in the European Jazz Competition, and won the prestigious 1st prize "Best Band". Jury chairman, Maria Schneider said: "Most original, great interplay and amazing improvisation, effective and colorful compositions paired to amazing improvisation." This meant radio play across Europe as well as a dedicated concert at North Sea Jazz 2010.

During "Young Nordic Jazz Comets 2008", the jury awarded Roligheten with the Soloist Prize "because of his virtuous technique and his dynamic play. Especially his technique combined with the ability to improvise in very tight arrangements made the choice. He is disciplined - in control - and plays with an impressive rhythmic and melodic combination. He is a young talent!"In 2009 André went on a Europe tour with European Jazz Orchestra conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer, where he played with some great fellow musicians from 20 countries all over Europe.

Some of Rolighetens other current projects are "Team Hegdal", fellow saxophonist Eirik Hegdals new quartet (Hegdal, known from a.o. Trondheim Jazz Orchestra with Joshua Redman). Terje Mosnes wrote in the Norwegian Newspaper Dagbladet about the first record: "..sparkling solos and swinging hard drive, and two saxophonists that ardent each other to the most "harmolodical" deeds I can ever recall hearing from Norwegian musicians."The record ("Volume 1") was also awarded this year's record of 2010 by the Norwegian magazine Jazznytt.

André is also playing with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (TJO). At Molde Jazzfestival 2010, he played with TJO ́s project with Ståle Storløkken (Super Silent) and the legendary Norwegian rock group Motorpsycho.

Roligheten has also played and worked with musicians like: Andrew D ́angelo, Theo Bleckman, Django Bates, John Edwards, Paul Lovens, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward, Raymond Strid, Bugge Wesseltoft, Mathias Eick, Ola Kvernberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Per Zanussi

André have played on festivals like Molde Jazzfestival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Oslo Jazzfestival, Norh Sea Jazz, Münster Jazz, Süd Tyrol Jazz, 12 Points, Dølajazz, Nattjazz, Jazzfest, Maijazz, Soddjazz, Vossajazz. And done several tours in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, Czech, Slovenia, France, Italy, China and USA."

-Andre Roligheten Website (https://roligheten.com/about/)
7/10/2024

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"Andreas Wildhagen was raised in Oslo and attended the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2012, earning his Masters degree in 2014. He is a sought-after jazz drummer and participates on a series of records with bands like like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Nakama, Lana Trio, Momentum, Jonas Cambien Trio, and Mopti. He has released a solo drum album in 2016 on the Nakama Records label, No Right No Left"

7/10/2024

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"Jonas Cambien (b.1985) is a Belgian pianist and improviser, active on the Norwegian scene for improvised and contemporary music since he moved to Oslo in 2008.

Jonas Cambien leads his own trio, which released its debut-album 'A Zoology of the Future' on the portuguese label Clean Feed Records.

He has also released albums within Platform (Vafongool 2015) and Karokh (Loyal Label 2015, No Forevers 2016), with whom he performs regularly in Norway and abroad.

He also performs solo and within Aksiom, an Oslo-based ensemble for contemporary music.

Jonas Cambien is known for using prepared piano and extended techniques as well as analog synthesizers and electronics in his music.

Jonas holds a Master's degree in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where he studied with Jan Michiels, and holds a Master's degree in Jazz and Improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo."

-Jonas Cambien Website (http://jonascambien.com/bio/index.html)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Gulf 3:24

2. We The King 4:44

3. Clap 3:42

4. Times 3:11

5. Helium 3:59

6. Frosk 3:34

7. Sing 4:52

8. We The People 8:14

9. Clap (Alternate Take) 1:49

10. Times (Alternate Take) 2:03

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
Clean Feed
Piano Trio (Piano Bass Drums)

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