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Mollestad, Hedvig : Tempest Revisited [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

For her 2nd solo record aside from her rock trio, guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen expands her orchestration to an octet, adding jazz-rock elements while balancing scorching playing with lyrical and open passages, as she pays tribute to Arne Nordheim's 1979 composition for Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and for her own experiences of furious weather in her home town of Ålesund.

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Karl Hjalmar Nyberg-alto saxophone

Trond Frones-bass

Per Oddvar Johansen-Drums

Ivar Loe Bjornstad-drums, bass drum, handclaps, percussion

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen-guitar, vocals, handclaps, upright piano

Martin Myhre Olsen-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Peter Erik Vergeni-tenor saxophone, flute

Marte Eberson-vibraphone, synth

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UPC: 7033662022236

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RLP 3223LP
Squidco Product Code: 31598

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Norway
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Amper Tone Studio, in Oslo, Norway, by Bard Ingebrigtsen.

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"Hedvig Mollestad must surely be one of the hardest working musicians on the Norwegian music scene at the moment, with Tempest Revisited being her third album in a mere 18 months, all at a consistently high artistic level. Her first solo album, Ekhidna (2020), received a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy), appeared on several jazz and rock best of the year lists and got her into Downbeat's "25 for the future" selection.

Tempest Revisited draws lines back to 1998 and the very beginning of Rune Grammofon. This was the year we released Electric, the collected electronic works of Arne Nordheim, one of Norway's greatest composers. It was also the year when parts of The Tempest, possibly his most cherished and well-known work, was chosen to be performed at the opening of Parken, the new cultural house in Ålesund, birthplace of Hedvig Mollestad.

To celebrate 20 years, the culture house was ready for a new storm, and the first name that came to them was Hedvig, a local artist that was already making waves on the international scene with her power-trio. Hedvig took inspiration from the front of the house, adorned with Nordheim's score for "The Tempest", at the same time making a direct connection to the sometime heavy weather conditions of this coastal area in the northwest part of Norway.

One could say it's a big paradox that over all this might be Hedvig's most lyrical and less aggressive collection of music. On the other hand it's quite a dynamic record, lots of light and shade and enough sonic parts at work to evoke the elements, the mighty Gran Cassa drum only one of them. The music included here was adapted from the initial performance in 2018 and produced by Hedvig in the studio the following year for this album release. The musicians included are old friends Marte Eberson from the Ekhidna band, Ivar Loe Bjørnstad from her trio and Trond Frønes (Red Kite) on bass as well as a horn section of three.

Yet another triumph in a more than impressive discography."-Rune Grammofon

"Tempest Revisited" is a not so stormy tribute to Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen's hometown Ålesund. The album draws lines back to 1998, the very beginning of Mollestad's cooperation with the label Rune Grammofon. In the same year, "The Tempest", the most cherished and well-known work of Arne Nordheim, one of Norway's greatest composers, was chosen to be performed at the opening of Parken, the new cultural house in Ålesund, and Rune Grammofon released "Electric", a collection of Nordheim electronic works.

Twenty years later Parken's manager Hans Pareliussen commissioned Mollestad to compose a work celebrating the culture house 20th anniversary. Mollestad was inspired by the front of the culture house, adorned with Nordheim's score for "The Tempest", and connected her composition to the heavy weather conditions of this coastal area in the northwest part of Norway.

"Tempest Revisited" was first performed at Parken cultural house in November 2018 and the album adapts the music from the initial performance and was recorded in the studio the following year. The musicians are old friends of Mollestad - keyboards and vibes player Marte Eberson, of Highasakite, who played on Mollestad's "Ekhidna" (Rune Grammofon, 2020), drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad from her power trio, bassist Trond Frønes from Red Kite, as well as three sax players, including Martin Myhre Olsen of Wako and Hegge.

Despite its title, "Tempest Revisited" is Mollestad's less aggressive and most lyrical album to date. The titles of the five pieces evoke the elements, but Mollestad focused here on dynamic and layered band work and decided not to rely on the infectious heavy guitar riffs so identified with her, except briefly on "Winds Approaching" on the last "High Hair", where she joins the sax choir. She builds the tension and drama patiently and opts for a cathartic coda only on "High Hair". She arranges this composition as a continuous prog-rock meets fusion suite, with the vintage analog synths and keyboards, but, still, with inspiring yet reserved solos of Mollestad. Her exquisite guitar work on "418 (Stairs In Storms)" brings to mind the early solo albums of Terje Rypdal for ECM. Mollestad proves on "Tempest Revisited" that she is not only one of the hardest working musicians in the Norwegian scene but also one of the most original ones."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Karl Hjalmar Nyberg is a Norwegian saxophonist and clarinetist, known for the groups Kalle, Kimchi Moccasin Tango, Left Exit, Mr K, Megalodon Collective, Pumkin.

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"Trond Frønes (born 1978 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian (bass guitarist), known from bands like Blood on Wheels, Goat The Head, Grand General and Sunswitch.

Frønes has collaborated with musicians like Ola Kvernberg, Even Helte Hermansen, Erlend Slettevoll and Kenneth Kapstad, and had a central position in the Norwegian band Cadillac and Jerryville from 1999."

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"Per Oddvar Johansen (born 1 March 1968) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (drummer), most recognized for his work with Trygve Seim, Christian Wallumrød, The Source, Solveig Slettahjell and Vigleik Storaas, but has also been awarded the Spellemannprisen five times.

Johansen was born in Oslo, where he played in several rock bands before attending the Jazz Program at Trondheim Music Conservatory (1989-92). There he started cooperations with among others the Bodega Band (1990-92, with the record En flik av ... in 1992), Airamero from 1990, Trio Midt-Norge, Piggy Bop from 1991, Vigleik Storaas Trio and the Trondheim Kunstorkester. He also started a long-lasting cooperation with Trygve Seim, among others in The Source, and has given profound marks on the Norwegian Jazz scene. He put his drums in for the band Tre Små Kinesere (1992) too.

When returning to Bærum (1992) he still continued many of these projects, in addition to performing with artists like Torbjørn Sunde, Jan Erik Kongshaug, the quartet TINGeLING, tubaist Lars Andreas Haug, Solveig Slettahjell's "Slow Motion Orchestra", Kjersti Stubø, Petter Wettre, Jacob Young, 1300 Oslo, Zanussi Five, with Kjetil Møster/Per Zanussi Trio, the singer Eldbjørg Raknes and the guitarist Hans Mathisen. In 1994 he toured with the trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and performed with the rock band Motorpsycho at Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1995. He played with Joshua Redman, Arild Andersen and Bugge Wesseltoft at Moldejazz 2006.

Johansen together with Petter Wettre was rewarded Spellemannprisen 2000 in the class jazz for the album The Only Way to Travel, a prize he also received twice as a member of Vigleik Storaas Trio. He has released four records with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Christian Wallumrød in the trio Close Erase (from 1995). He has also given lectures in drumming at University of Oslo and Norges Musikkhøgskole."

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"Ivar Loe Bjørnstad (born 1981 in Surnadal, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz and rock musician (drums), brother of the dancer Marit Loe Bjørnstad (1983) and the singer Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad (1978).

Bjørnstad studied jazz at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo together with Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and Even Helte Hermansen (guitarist of Bushman's Revenge). With an origin as a rock musician, he also mentions the guitarist Bill Frisell as one of his inspirations, accompanied by the major Norwegian drummers Audun Kleive and Per Oddvar Johansen. He resides in Oslo, and has since the turn of the Millennium collaborated with countless bands and constellations in a variety of genres. He has collaborated with artists like Bjørn Kjellemyr, Jon Eberson, Karl Seglem, Ken Stringfellowcurrently, and currently (2013) play within the bands Hedvig Mollestad Trio, the Hilde Marie Kjersem Band and Cakewalk. The debut album Shoot! of the Hedvig Mollestad Trio was recorded live in the studio with only a few minor overdubs."

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"Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen (born 4 February 1982 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian musician (guitar, vocals and composing). She is known for a series of album releases and collaborations with musicians like Jon Eberson, Jarle Bernhoft and Hilde Marie Kjersem.

Thomassen is a graduate from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and collaborates in a variety of rock and jazz bands, including her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Thomassen Trio, Bronco Busters, Songs and Sweet Potatoes, and VOM (as "Mester Pøggs"). She also has a central role in the bands of Jarle Bernhoft and Hilde Marie Kjersem, and has performed within Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Thomassen was awarded "The young jazz talent of the year" at Moldejazz in 2009, and showed up on a gig within Jarle Bernhoft Band at the 2011 Kongsberg Jazzfestival. When she released her debut solo album Shoot! (2011) leading her own trio, the music bears little resemblance to what she plays within Jon Eberson Group and the bands of Hilde Marie Kjersem and Jarle Bernhoft.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio (also referred to as HM3) consists of Hedvig Mollestad (guitar, vocals), Ellen Brekken (bass) and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad (drums). The trio has received numerous appraising reviews internationally, for both their studio albums and live performances. Their music is inspired by 70s heavyrock, but creates a peculiar musical mixture of ingredients like free jazz, prog and psychedelia. On its website the band describes their own music as "Outgoing & progressive instrumental rock". Since the trio's formation in 2009, HM3 has played many concerts and jazz festivals in both Norway and abroad and they have toured in Europe, Malaysia, Japan and the USA."

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Martin Myhre Olsen: "30 year old saxophone player and composer from Leirsund living in Oslo, Norway.

After receiving his bachelor degree in performing arts at the NTNU- Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim 2014, he has toured extensively in Scandinavia and Europe and released a handful of albums in his own name and in collaboration with others. He honed his composing and arrangment skills for four years by working as the musical director of MNJ Youth Orchestra, and has in the two past years been on stage with Chick Corea on several occasions as a soloist.

In 2018 he won the Norwegian Grammy "Spellemann" for best jazz album of 2017 with the highly praised quintet "Hegge", and was awarded the prestigious title "NTNU-Ambassador" at Jazzfest 2018 for his achievements.

Active projects: Wako, MMO-Ensemble, Hitrakongen, Hegge, Siril Malmedal Hauge, Megalodon Collective, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Oslo Jazzensemble."

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"Marte Maaland Eberson is a Norwegian keyboardist and composer, known from bands including Morning Has Occurred and Highasakite. She is the daughter of the guitarist Jon Eberson.

Eberson was born in Oslo, and obtained her formal musical education from the Music program at Foss videregående skole, "Sund Folkehøgskole", followed by a bachelor's degree from the Jazz program at Griegakademiet (UiB) in Bergen. She is involved in many different bands and various musical contexts, most recently with the band "Eberson Funk Ensemble", a band including her guitarist father Jon Eberson, Pål Thowsen, Sigurd Hole and Kim Erik Pedersen at Victoria, the Norwegian National Jazz Scene in Oslo 2013.

In spite of her young age, Eberson has an impressive record. She won the "Jazz i sikte" with the band "Lugom Trio", second place in "Urørt" final 2011 with the electronica duo "Machine Birds", and one of her new projects, Morning Has Occurred, with Natalie Sandtorv, won the "Jazz i sikte" 2012. In 2012, she was rewarded with the Sildajazzprisen. She was also a member of the critically acclaimed indie band Highasakite until 2018, and has been playing with "Sjur Miljeteig Group" since 2014."

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Track Listing:


1. Sun On A Dark Sky 7:30

2. Winds Approaching 7:39

3. Kittiwakes In Gusts 6:40


1. 418 (Stairs In Storms) 11:16

2. High Hair 7:50

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