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Silvola, Juhani: Wolf Hour Roundelay (Shhpuma)

Finnish/Norwegian guitarist Juhani Silvola describes the music on this fascinating solo album, performed on acoustic and prepared acoustic guitars (using objects below and above the strings) and augmenting his playing with electronics & amplifiers, as "speculative sonic archaeology" or "ritual music made by a civilisation that could have stepped off the pages of a Jorge Luis Borges story.
 

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UPC: 5609063800722

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH072CD
Squidco Product Code: 32125

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at s Kirke, in As, Norway, by Trond Kjelsas.


Personnel:

Juhani Silvola-acoustic guitar, prepared acoustic guitar, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Juhani Silvola is a versatile Finnish/Norwegian composer, musician and producer with a masters degree in electroacoustic composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied with Natasha Barrett.

He is a virtuosic instrumentalist playing folk music & experimental jazz/rock/improv on acoustic & electric guitars, in addition to being an uncompromising contemporary-music composer creating works where the traditional performer is irrelevant.

Silvola's electroacoustic music explores themes of post-humanism, (mediated) nature, processes of growth/decay, and tensions between states of stasis & states of struggle. In his instrumental work, he is concerned with rhythm and phrasing in their widest sense, idiosyncratic melodic trajectories, and the creation of the deepest, most animated timbres & textures as possible.

He has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, three successful and forward-thinking folk music albums with the violinist Sarah-Jane Summers, and produced/mixed albums for bands such as Highasakite and Mokri.

Summers/Silvola will be releasing an album (Heilo 2023) of music they wrote and arranged for a chamber orchestra and performed as one of headliners of Førdefestivalen 2021, and they recently toured with a commission (Nordlysfestivalen 2022) they wrote for string quintet & their duo.

He currently plays with, among others, Susanna Wallumrød, Frode Haltli's Avant Folk, Irene Tillung's Ti På Taket, Aasmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt, and The SISKIN Quartet, and has played with Nils Petter Molvær Group, Splashgirl, Sam Lee, Unni Løvlid, Erlend Viken Trio, Jenny Hval & Jessica Sligte etc etc."

-Juhani Silvola Website (https://www.juhanisilvola.com/)
8/10/2022

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track listing:


1. A New Refutation Of Time 6:25

2. World Of Wings And Mirages 3:51

3. Wolf Hour Roundelay 4:59

4. The Eternal Present 2:54

5. Meditation (Last Light) 4:01

6. Night Song From The Canopy 3:12

7. Meditation (First Light) 4:11

8. Procession (Infinite Regress) 4:32

9. Ripples On The River Of Time 2:53
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"Finnish/Norwegian guitarist Juhani Silvola is committed to the formulation of an avant-folk aesthetic, profiting from both his interests in the Finnish, Norwegian and Scottish traditions and in electro-acoustic contemporary music. If playing with artists as different as trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and violinist Sarah-Jane Summers may seem already puzzling, Silvola's ideas go even further in the projects under his own name, finding inner connections between popular music and experimentation, and visioning the traditional frameworks as good materials for innovation.

Wolf Hour Roundelay is presented by him as "speculative sonic archaeology" and as "ritual music made by a civilisation that could have stepped off the pages of a Jorge Luis Borges story". He uses prepared acoustic guitars for that purpose, like Henry Cowell and John Cage with the piano, using objects upon, between and underneath the strings, and sometimes adding an electric guitar amplifier and pedal effects to obtain what he imagines inside his head. The resulting pieces are simultaneously familiar and strange, created for a mind-blowing listening."-Shhpuma



"Juhani Silvola is a versatile Finnish/Norwegian composer, musician and producer with a masters degree in electroacoustic composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied with Natasha Barrett.

He is a virtuosic instrumentalist playing folk music & experimental jazz/rock/improv on acoustic & electric guitars, in addition to being an uncompromising contemporary-music composer creating works where the traditional performer is irrelevant.

Silvola's electroacoustic music explores themes of post-humanism, (mediated) nature, processes of growth/decay, and tensions between states of stasis & states of struggle. In his instrumental work, he is concerned with rhythm and phrasing in their widest sense, idiosyncratic melodic trajectories, and the creation of the deepest, most animated timbres & textures as possible.

He has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, three successful and forward-thinking folk music albums with the violinist Sarah-Jane Summers, and produced/mixed albums for bands such as Highasakite and Mokri.

Summers/Silvola will be releasing an album (Heilo 2023) of music they wrote and arranged for a chamber orchestra and performed as one of headliners of Førdefestivalen 2021, and they recently toured with a commission (Nordlysfestivalen 2022) they wrote for string quintet & their duo.

He currently plays with, among others, Susanna Wallumrød, Frode Haltli's Avant Folk, Irene Tillung's Ti På Taket, Aasmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt, and The SISKIN Quartet, and has played with Nils Petter Molvær Group, Splashgirl, Sam Lee, Unni Løvlid, Erlend Viken Trio, Jenny Hval & Jessica Sligte etc etc."

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