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Grydeland, Ivar / Henry Kaiser: In The Arctic Dreamtime (Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian guitarist and composer Ivar Grydeland and US guitarist, improviser and composer Henry Kaiser met in the studio with the goal of working on a soundtrack for a classic Norwegian silent film, "Ellsworths flyveekspedition 1925"; in a single take they recorded this amazingly detailed and beautiful improvisation, from which these 5 astounding tracks were selected.
 

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UPC: 7033662022113

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2211CD
Squidco Product Code: 28430

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Samordna Opptak, In Oslo, Norway, on January 8th, 2019, by Ivar Grydeland.


Personnel:

Ivar Grydeland-electric guitar

Henry Kaiser-electric guitar

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"Has been a musician and a composer for a decade. He has been touring and recording with his own bands, ad hoc projects and project based ensembles at big festivals and clubs in Norway, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Germany, France, Canada, USA, Greece, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Japan. Grydeland is currently most frequently playing with the quartet Dans Les Arbres (Wallumrød, Zach, Charles, Grydeland), who released their debut album on ECM in April 2008. He�s also active with the trio Huntsville (two releases on Rune Grammofon) and has a key role as a guitarist and pedal steel player with the Norwegian singer Hanne Hukkelberg. Grydeland plays his acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo and pedal steel guitar often in the direction of Country & Western, with a facination for streching the possibilities in the sound quality itself in his instruments."

-Ballrogg Website (http://www.ballrogg.no/bio.html )
1/23/2020

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"Henry Kaiser (born September 19, 1952) is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. He is married to Canadian artist Brandy Gale.

In 1977, Kaiser founded Metalanguage Records with Larry Ochs (Rova Saxophone Quartet) and Greg Goodman. In 1979 he recorded With Friends Like These with Fred Frith, a collaboration that lasted for over 20 years. In 1983 they recorded Who Needs Enemies, and in 1987 the compilation album With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? They joined with fellow experimental musicians John French, and English folk-rocker Richard Thompson to form French Frith Kaiser Thompson for two eclectic albums, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (1987) and Invisible Means (1990). In 1999 Frith and Kaiser released Friends and Enemies, a compilation of their two Metalanguage albums along with additional material from 1984 and 1999.

In 1991, Kaiser went to Madagascar with guitarist David Lindley. They recorded roots music with Malagasy musicians and discovered music that, he says, "changed us radically and permanently". Three volumes of this music were released by Shanachie under the title A World Out of Time. In 1994 he made a similar trip to Norway, again with Lindley, recording music that was released as Sweet Sunny North (2 volumes, 1994 and 1996).

Since 1998, Kaiser has been collaborating with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in the "Yo Miles!" project, releasing a series of tributes to Miles Davis's 1970s electric music. This shifting aggregation has included musicians from the worlds of rock (guitarists Nels Cline, Mike Keneally and Chris Muir, drummer Steve Smith), jazz (saxophonists Greg Osby and John Tchicai), avant-garde (keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Elliott Sharp), and Indian classical music (tabla player Zakir Hussain).

Kaiser has appeared on more than 250 albums and scored dozens of TV shows and films, including Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (2007). He was given a Grammy Award for his work on the Beautiful Dreamer tribute to Stephen Foster.

In 2001, Kaiser spent two and a half months in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant. He has subsequently returned for nine more visits to work as a research diver. His underwater camera work was featured in two Herzog films, The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which he also produced, and for which he and Lindley composed the score. Kaiser served as music producer for Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work as a producer on Encounters at the End of the World."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kaiser_(musician))
1/23/2020

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track listing:


1. Roald Amundsen 1925 17:20

2. Spitsbergen 13:32

3. To The North Pole 14:33

4. N25 3:57

5. Into The Arctic Dreamtime 15:41

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"These two extraordinary guitarists first met in an Oslo studio in January 2019. Having admired each other's work for some time, they decided right there and then to record an electric guitar duet collaboration specifically to create a soundtrack for a classic Norwegian silent film. They spent 30 minutes setting up before Kaiser suggested a short test recording to one of the less likely candidates, Roald Amundsen's 1925 documentary "Ellsworths flyveekspedition 1925". One hour and 56 minutes later they set down their guitars and shook their heads in wonder. They had played for the entire length of the film without breaks, in the process creating a complete score for the film. Five tracks with a total playing time of 65 minutes were selected for this CD release.

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist, composer and label founder. He appears on more than 250 albums, including collaborations with the likes of Fred Frith, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Jim O´Rourke and numerous others.Ivar Grydeland is a Norwegian guitarist and composer, most known from Huntsville (Rune Grammofon and Hubro) and Dans Les Arbres (ECM, Hubro, Sofa). He has recorded and performed with a number of musicians including Nils Petter Molvær, David Sylvian, Tony Oxley, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore and Paul Lovens. He has released two solo albums on Hubro."-Rune Grammofon

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