Solo improvisations on the heavy side from Swedish saxophonist Signe Lykkebo Dahlgreen (Yes Deer, Per-Ake Holmander, Anna Hogberg), using prodigious technique and a tenacious style she pushes the sax into odd harmonic territory balancing complex technical playing with raw energy and angst, a balance that keeps her listeners on the edge of their seats.
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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS069
Squidco Product Code: 26242
Recorded May 27th and 28th, 2017, by Vegard Lauvdal.
Signe Lykkebo Dahlgreen-music, saxophones
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1. Stibelk 08:20
2. Non 11:24
3. Rostis 03:01
1. Kubek 08:07
2. Stannet 07:07
3. No 07:27
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"We are quite excited to present the debut solo release "Kunki Snuk" from Gothenburg, Sweden based saxophonist Signe Dahlgreen...and even more excited to do a co-release of said album with our good friends at INSULA MUSIC in Copenhagen. We've only recently become aware of Dahlgreen's work, mainly thanks to the good folks at Insula Music who released (alongside Gaffer Records) Yes Deer's past few records. So you don't make the same mistake get to know "Kunki Snuk" and Signe Dahlgreen's name now, thank us (and Insula Music) later. Solo sax records are indeed daunting and generally speaking not someone's first release under their own name. Dahlgreen wastes no time for first album jitters and launches into "Stibelk" which has a distinctly Brotzmann-esque feel to me at the front. But this brings us to possibly the most important aspect of this album, Dahlgreen is not afraid of time. In particular she chases after phrases, repetitions, circular breathing, extended techniques and doesn't let them go until she has made her statements. "Non," "Kubek" and "Stannet" all in their own way explore various aspects of Dahlgreen's playing, and stand alone as distinct statements."-Astral Spirits
"Danish, Gothenburg-based sax player Signe Lykkebo Dahlgreen is known from the "all-Scandinavian power trio Yes Deer and frequent collaborations with local Swedish improvisers as tuba player Per-Åke Holmlander and Anna Högberg. Dahlgreen is described by her trio as a "heavy solo performer". Her debut solo release, Kunki Snuk, a limited-edition cassette (and a download option), reaffirms this keen observation.
The six improvisations on "Kunki Snuk"all titled by Danish poet Jesper Elving, all recorded on May 2017, suggest distinct, methodical and masterful strategies of expanding the saxophone sonic ranges. Dahlgreen is well-versed with the extended techniques of innovative sax improvisers as Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy, John Butcher and Mats Gustafsson but has her own personal voice and vision.
The first piece "Stibelk" is an urgent and raging one, erupting with Brötzmann-esque/Gustafsson-like manic physical power, but later shifts into a restless, internal dialog between a rough, wailing voice and a gentle, singing one. "Nón" offers a delicate drone, vibrating slowly with Dahlgreen circular breathing, at times sounding close to a twisted bagpipe. She patiently colors this drone with new nuances, charges it with more and more energy and even adds repetitive rhythmic patterns. On the brief, ethereal "Rostis" Dahlgreen shows an impressive, focused restraint of her breaths.
"Kubek" suggests an arresting story where Dahlgeen takes her time while building the tension and twisting the narrative with sudden shifts and almost silent interlude, before concluding with a cathartic coda. "Stannet" is the most experimental piece here. Dahlgreen balances her extended breathing techniques with water gurgling, creating a fragile, industrial-like soundscape that employs cleverly the resonant space. The last "Nó" returns to sheer, physical attack of the first piece, but now she builds these fiery onslaughts methodically, exhausting all options and angles before claiming victory.
Real heavy stuff by one-of-a-kind heavyweight performer."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts
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"Danish, Gothenburg-based sax player Signe Lykkebo Dahlgreen is known from the all-Scandinavian power trio Yes Deer and frequent collaborations with local Swedish improvisers as tuba player Per-Åke Holmlander and Anna Högberg. Dahlgreen is described by her trio as a "heavy solo performer""-Salt Peanuts (http://salt-peanuts.eu/record/signe-dahlgreen/)
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