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Sekstett: Sekstett (Conrad Sound)

"Sekstet is comprised of musicians with backgrounds ranging from a host of anomalies of contemporary music, jazz, noise and improv.

Their debut CD is ready in the autumn of 2010 and is the result of their first meeting at the Henie...
 

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Label: Conrad Sound
Catalog ID: CNRD304
Squidco Product Code: 21840

Format: CD
Condition: VG
Released: 2010
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Henie Onstad Kunstsenier 30 June & 1 July 2009

This is a USED (previously owned) item

Personnel:

Lene Grenager-Cello

Frode Gjerstad-Clarinet

Guro Skumsnes Moe-Double Bass

Hild Sofie Tafjord-French Horn

Havard Skaset-Guitar

Borre Molstad-Tuba

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"Lene Grenager studied composition and the cello at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo under Aage Kvalbein (cello), Olav Anton Thommessen and Alfred Janson (composition). She has also attended seminars and lectures with the following composers: Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, George Benjamin, Brian Ferneyhough, Magnus Lindberg, Philip Manoury, Iannis Xenakis, Tristan Murail, Klas Torstensson, Alejandro Vinao, Bent Sørensen, James Dillon, Trevor Wishart and Judith Weir.

Currently (2009-2013) she holds a five year work grant from the Norwegian State, and the same institution awarded her a three year work grant (2002-2004) for Young Artists. She has also been awarded grants from Fegerstens Legat, Komponistenes vederlagsfond and TONO. In 2002 she was awarded the Lindeman Prize for young composers. From 1999 till 2001 she held a scholarship position in composition at Agder University College. From 1998 she is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.

Grenager works both as composer and musician. She has been working professionally since 1995 with commissions from a.o. Cikada, Ensemble Ernst, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bodø Sinfonietta, Nordic Music Days, Fylkingen and Affinis ensemble. She has had portrait concerts at the festivals Ultima, Borealis and Ilios and her works has been performed at festivals and concerts all over Europe. She finds it important that the musicians own voices and choices are reflected in the performances of her works but simultaneously that the core of the work is clearly defined from her hand. This has resulted in a great variety of notational techniques and richness in detail in the different scores. Grenager"s work as performing improvisational musician has also influenced her compositions. She tours extensively all over the world with the improvisation bandsSPUNK, Lemur and with Sofia Jernberg. She has also cooperated closely with dancers, visual artists and actors.

Grenager participates on some 20 recordings as composer, musician and producer a.o. "Affinis-suite" (+3db), "Slåtter, slag og slark" (Euridice) og "Systema naturae" (Øra), and with SPUNK (Rune Grammofon), Lemur (+3db) og Jernberg/Grenager (olofbright)."

-Lene Grenager Website (http://www.grenager.no/index.php?id=abo_eng)
4/15/2019

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"Frode Gjerstad was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03-1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969).

After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making.

At the early stage of his career, he choose mainly to play with international musicians because there was no tradition in Norway for the free music. However, after the club Blå opened in Oslo in 1996, a good number of younger musicians are now picking up on the music.

His relationship with British drummer, John Stevens which started in -81 and lasted up until his death in -94, was of great importance both musically as well as on a personal level. Through Stevens, he was introduced to some of the finest British improvisers and got to know their way of playing. Together, they led the trio "Detail" starting with Johnny Dyani on bass. And after Johnny died in -86, with Kent Carter.

He has also been active, running a larger group of mostly Norwegian musicians, the Circulasione Totale Orchestra. He started the group using electric instruments and modern rock-oriented rhythms. He has used the band to present his own compositions as well as a workshop and a place for young people to get to know free music. The band presented a commissioned work at the Molde Festival in -89 with a 13 man band combining free improvisations, compositions as well as rapping and scratching.(Three horns, three bassists, three drummers, accordeon, guitar a rapper and a DJ). The Circulasione Totale Orchestra is a powerful ever-changing band.

But it´s not easy to keep such a big group together. In 1998 he decided to keep the core of the band which at that time was Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Øyvind Storesund on bass and try to develop that sound. It became Frode Gjerstad Trio. So far the trio has toured Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Polen, Italy, Austria, Portugal, England, Canada and the United States.

He has received several grants from various foundations and has been very active in the Norwegian Jazzmusicians Federation as well as in the committee for the Norwegian Contemporary Music Federation. Voted Jazz Musician of the Year in Norway, 1997. Part of the price was a concert where he could freely choose which musicians to use. This was the first meeting with Hamid Drake and William Parker. The concert became a tour of Scandinavia in -97 and the US in 2000.

US Pianist Borah Bergman has also been important to Frode. They first met in -94 and have played as a duo and also as trio with Evan Parker and later Peter Brøtzmann. Borah has been a great inspiration and a challenge over the years!

English bassist Nicholas Stephens first played with Frode in 1984. He played electric bass at the time, but it was not until after John Stevens died in 1994 that they started working together as "Calling Signals". First with a tour of England in 1995 with Paul Rutherford and Terje Isungset. And in 1996 with Louis Moholo and Danish guitarist, Hasse Poulsen. The latest version of the group has been with accordionist Eivin One Pederesen and Paal Nilssen-Love or Tony Marsh on drums. Frode also met and worked with US percussionist Kevin Norton in 2004 and they have found a common ground. They have a trio with Nicholas Stephens: Instinctual Eye.

Electronic music started to make an impact when he met Lasse Marhaug. They have played some concerts together and made some recordings. Lasses sounds have opened up a whole new territory of possibilities and came at a time when Frode started playing clarinets. A very fruitful combination!

Another side of the electronic thing was the group Ultralyd which was Frodes idea: to bring in a loud powerful electric bass with drums, guitar and reeds. After about a year, he left the band because the sound level was unbearable for the old man.! And he left it to the youngsters to decide how loud the band should be. Still, he has continued playing with Morten, Anders and Kjetil in other projects."

-Frode Gjerstad Website (http://frodegjerstad.com/?page_id=162)
4/15/2019

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"Hild Sofie Tafjord has re-written the sonic possibilities of the French Horn and established herself as one of Norway's most arresting musicians. Pushing the limits of her instrument for years, whether acoustically or electronically, she has made her mark as composer, performer and improvisor. Her signature is present in her group playing in SPUNK and LEMUR, Zeitkratzer but takes front row in her solo work.

Tafjord is active as a solo performer and in groups like SPUNK, Lemur, Agrare, Zeitkratzer Ensemble, Trinacria, Phantom Orchard Orchestra a.o. She has a broad range as an artist and has made music for dance, film, theater, installations and sculptures. She has also worked with performances, given workshops and site specific concerts. She has played and collaborated with numerous mucisians and artists in Europe, Amerika, Canada and Asia, like Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Evan Parker, Matmos, Wolf Eyes a.o. Hild Sofie participates on more than 40 releases, and her first solo album Kama is out on Picadisk."

-+3dB (http://plus3db.net/artists/hild_sofie_tafjord/)
4/15/2019

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"Borre Molstad is a tuba player, a member of Cabinet Trio, Circulasione Totale Orchestra, and Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit."

-Squidco 4/15/2019

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2. 6.2

3. 6.3

4. 6.4

5. 6.5
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Sekstet is comprised of musicians with backgrounds ranging from a host of anomalies of contemporary music, jazz, noise and improv.

Their debut CD is ready in the autumn of 2010 and is the result of their first meeting at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in the summer of 2009.

Presence, interaction and openness creates the foundation for the music, that ranges from raw friction, dense sound to strong rhythmic embossed stretches.The musicians are known for both electric and acoustic projects such as Spunk, Frode Gjerstads Circulatione Totale, Art Directors, Sult, Bay/Oslo Mirror Trio, MOE, Femail, Lemur and countless other constellations.

But in SEKSTETT they all leave their cables and machines at home in favor of a pure acoustic expression."-Conrad Sound

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Sextet Recordings
Sextet Recordings


Other Releases With These Artists:
Gjerstad, Frode / Dag Magnus Narvesen
Live At Tou
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Hamid Drake / William Parker
[4-CD BOX SET]
(Not Two)
Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Johnny Mbizio Dyani
Detail 83
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio + Steve Swell
Bop Stop
(Clean Feed)
Large Unit
Selected Tracks 2013-2017
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Paal Nilssen-Love
Nearby Faraway
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
The Houdan
(FMR)
Zeitkratzer / Svetlana Spajic / Dragana Tomic / Obrad Milic
Serbian War Songs [VINYL]
(KARLRECORDS)
Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson)
Live at Elastic Arts
(FMR)
Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Ramiro Molina
Unseen Seas
(FMR)
Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad
Give And Take
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)
Monkey Plot w/ Frode Gjerstad
S/T
(FMR)
Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
TiPPLE (Gjerstad / Norton / Watson)
No Sugar on Anything
(Circulasione)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
First Blow [VINYL EP]
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Luis Conte
Mirrors Edges
(FMR)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
Insult
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
Live Tipple
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Peter Brotzmann
Soria Moria
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Tistel
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode
East Of West
(Circulasione)
Gjerstad, Frode / Kevin Norton / David Watson
Tipples
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang
Sugar Maple
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Edwards / Sanders
Bergen
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens
Let's Just Keep Going
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Sen / Nilssen-Love
The Cello Quartet
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid
On Reade Street
(FMR)
Gjerstad Trio, Frode
Nothing Is Forever
(Circulasione)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Gjerstad, Frode / Hamid Drake / William Parker
[4-CD BOX SET]
(Not Two)
Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Johnny Mbizio Dyani
Detail 83
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio + Steve Swell
Bop Stop
(Clean Feed)
Large Unit
Selected Tracks 2013-2017
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Paal Nilssen-Love
Nearby Faraway
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
The Houdan
(FMR)
Zeitkratzer / Svetlana Spajic / Dragana Tomic / Obrad Milic
Serbian War Songs [VINYL]
(KARLRECORDS)
Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson)
Live at Elastic Arts
(FMR)
Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Ramiro Molina
Unseen Seas
(FMR)
Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad
Give And Take
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)
Monkey Plot w/ Frode Gjerstad
S/T
(FMR)
Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
TiPPLE (Gjerstad / Norton / Watson)
No Sugar on Anything
(Circulasione)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
First Blow [VINYL EP]
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Luis Conte
Mirrors Edges
(FMR)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
Insult
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
Live Tipple
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Peter Brotzmann
Soria Moria
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Tistel
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode
East Of West
(Circulasione)

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