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Bergsten, Thomas: Ganjibiri (Shhpuma)

Known for the psychedelic dance band Gunerius & Verdensveven or The Harvey Steel Show, Norwegian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bergsten assembles an ensemble that blurs the lines between long improvisation and psychedelic-spiritual jazz, from freak jams to ECM-like electric beauty, tinged with Captain Beefheart or Faust; difficult to describe, intensely creative.

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UPC: 5609063800777

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH077
Squidco Product Code: 32672

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Taakeheimen Lydrike,in Oslo, Norway, by Morten Oby.

Additional recording at Ganjibiri Studios by Thomas Bergstens.


Thomas Bergsten-guitar, cigar box harp, percussion, lap steel, sound manipulation

Tore Ljokelsoy-drums, percussion, Hardanger fiddle

Arnfinn Langesaeter-saxophone, flute, percussion

Jakob Eri Myhre-trumpet, el piano, effects, percussion

Simen Wie-bass, percussion

Oyvind Heilo-el piano, percussion

Kristine Marie Aasvang-vocals

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Thomas Bergsten is a Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. He is known for bands Kosmos, Gunerius and Verdensveven and The Harvey Steel Show.


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"Jakob Eri Myhre: Trumpet player and composer working with jazz, pop and improvised music. Educated at NTNU Department of Music (jazzlinja) in Trondheim, Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg."

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Kristine Marie Aasvang, born 1987 is a musician and singer-songwriter based in Oslo, Norway. From 2013 - 2015 she attended Kunst -og designhøgskolen i Bergen / Bergen Department of Contemporary Art, from 2010 - 2013 she attended Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, NTNU / Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.

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track listing:

1. Muh 11:25

2. Parry 9:04

3. Allisone 4:18

4. Preach 5:43

5. Dive 8:28

6. Thirtytwo 8:45

7. Glow 8:41
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"Ganjibiri came out of a 2-day session in Taakeheimen Lydrike with Morten Øby. I had invited a bunch of trusted musicians, plus one "wild card" that only Tore Ljøkelsøy had met before. The plan was to play some long improvisational pieces with some compositional elements, and then edit it all together in some way with some classic kraut and edit-jazz records in mind.

MUH & PARRY opens the album and are partly written, partly guided improvisation with some compositional elements superimposed on top as well. These tracks actually have a fair amount of overdubs but I feel like the live feel is kept pretty intact.

ALLISONE starts with the room mics from most of the free freakouts played during the session put on top of eachother and ends with some of the quieter improvisation in the same manner. It was trying to get that big band noise wall with a smaller group.

PREACH & DIVE came out of a longer improvised stretch and is all about the energy and driving force, with PREACH oving more to the likes of Captain Beefheart and his magic band and DIVE being more in the vain of some dirty Terje Rypdal band or something.

The final tracks THIRTYTWO & GLOW came out of the concept of a double trio inspired by the notion that Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz was recorded with the double quartet being in different rooms without hearing each other. This idea I've wanted to try out with a band for a long time and the last hours of the last day of sessions needed a boost of energy and this did the trick.So we did a long stretch first with one trio (Thomas, Simen and Tore) and then the other trio (Arnfinn, Jakob and Øyvind) did an overdub without hearing what the first trio had done. Then we took turns for a while until we had a 30 minute long piece ending with THIRTYTWO & GLOW."-Thomas Bergsten

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