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Raska, Katariin / Christian Meaas Svendsen: Finding Ourselves In All Things (Nakama Records)

Two distinctive tracks from the Norwegian duo of Katariin Raska-Torupill on Estonian bagpipe and Christian Meaas Svendsen on double bass: "Melting With Butterflies" is a work of ecstatic repetition, filled with chaos and joy, building in intensity; "The Way Mountains Make Love" is an immense, profoud and potent lower register work of dark solidity.

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Label: Nakama Records
Catalog ID: NKM020CD
Squidco Product Code: 28714

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Flerbruket, in Hemnes, Norway, in November, 2018, by Magnus Nergaard.


Katariin Raska-Torupill (Estonian bagpipe)

Christian Meaas Svendsen-double bass

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"Katariin Raska (b. 1986) is Estonian musician based in Tallinn, Estonia with a background in choral and wind orchestra music. She has studied Estonian traditional music from the age 18, and completed studies at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in 2010.

In 2013 Katariin finished her graduate studies in folk music at Norwegian Academy of Music, and in 2015 completed an additional master's degree in Music Performance from the same institution. As an exchange student she has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (2014/15).

While studying in Norway she began exploring the extended possibilities of her instruments (soprano saxophone and Estonian bagpipes). Inspired by free improvisation she formed a collective called ÄIO in 2013. ÄIO's focus is an approach to folk music that is both composed and improvised.

Katariin's master's project "Influences from traditional music in the setting of free improvisation and extended playing techniques on saxophone" describes the way she works with her current project Katariin Raska CULLE.

Additionally, Katariin is an active jaw harp player. Her main interest is to play traditional and self composed tunes for dance. Improvising around the melodies picked up from the players on the archive tapes. In 2018 she released an album Parmu Pill dedicated to Estonian jaw harp parmupill.

She also is a free jazz improviser. Using mainly saxophone and Estonian bagpipes."

-Katariin Raska Website (

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"Svendsen started his jazz career within Kongsberg Big Band, was a year at Toneheim folkehøgskole and later studied Performing jazz music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2007 he was awarded Kongsberg Jazzfestival's talent scholarship. During the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2010, Svendsen referred to as The festival's busiest musician by Laagendalsposten[1] when he performed seven gigs in different constellations during the festival. In 2011 he received Kongsberg Municipality's Cultural Grant.[2] for sitt arbeid med byens tradisjonelle julejam.

Together with his own quintet Mopti he won the 2012 JazzIntro award.[3][4] After this he has performed among others with the brilliant Japanese pianist and band leader Ayumi Tanaka in the band Nakama with the release Before The Storm (2015) and the exiting Ayumi Tanaka Trio with the release Momento (2016)."-Wikipedia

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track listing:

1. Melting With Butterflies 14:13

2. The Way Mountains Make Love 19:05
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"Katariin Raska and Christian Meaas Svendsen have known each other for many years. They met in Oslo in 2012 and soon started working together in Katariin's band AIO. Their duo music is an abstract reminiscent of that music: folkish, primal, experimental, organic and timeless. The debut album, Finding Ourselves In All Things, features two lengthy tracks, standing in stark contrast to each other:

"Melting With Butterflies" is brimming with life. Chaotic, hysterical and joyous - celebrating the viewpoint of all small things and their seemingly frantic nature.

"The Way Mountains Make Love" is equally intense, but with a quite different energy - a slow moving organic unity vibrating with the frequencies of everything big and ancient.

Both tracks explore and elaborate on its respective idea. Sonic layers unfold and overlap in long arches. The recording is representative for the duo's way of thinking about form and musical storytelling through an extended use of their instruments' possibilites. The vertical is always present in the horizontal and vice versa."-Nakama

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Stringed Instruments
Duo Recordings
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