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Sandell, Sten / Mattias Stahl: Grann Musik (Neighbour Music) (Clean Feed)

The piano and vibraphone duo of Sten Sandell and Mattias Stahl in improvisations that borrow from both Sun Ra and contemporary classical such as Cage, Cowell, Xenakis, &c.
 

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Sten Sandell-piano, prepared piano

Mattias Stahl-vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel



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UPC: 5609063001099

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF109
Squidco Product Code: 9702

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at SAMI, in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 9th, 2007, by Goran Stegborn.

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"Sten Sandell and Mattias Stahl may bring to mind the historic piano and vibraphone duo of Sun Ra and Walt Dickerson (although Stahl adds marimba and glockenspiel). But what the two duos have in common is little more than the adoption of jazz idioms and improvising processes. The vocabulary the two Swedish musicians use is distinct. In the older pairing Dickerson's refined Blue Note sonority, which Andrew Hill has praised, was combined with the "cosmic jazz" of the Arkestra's leader. In the newer duo, the cubist post-bop Stahl meshes with the wide lexical parameters of the pianist, who has often worked in Mats Gustafsson's Gush. Sandell's vocabulary including elements taken from such origins as contemporary classical and new music (notably John Cage, Henry Cowell, Mark Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis), progressive rock (in the This Heat and Tuxedomoon line), and the ethnic traditions of Northern Europe, India, Japan, and Tibet, in the later case appropriating Buddhist vocal techniques. In some senses this is a curious pairing. Sandell's approach to piano can be cerebral in its extreme complexity, even in the moments of more improvisational spontaneity (somewhere between Paul Bley's lyricism and Cecil Taylor's "free-flowing"). Stahl, conversely, is a physical vibraphonist, with abstract tendencies but with a special affection for color. The music they create together is filled with contrasts and surprising convergences, as if by magic, in pieces that seem as natural as the water of a river flickering with the light of the sun. In English "Grann Musik" translates as "Neighbor Music," a reflection of the intimacy two good neighbors, even those with wildly different personalities, can form."-Clean Feed Records


Artist Biographies

"Composer / musician / producer - piano, organ, voice, electronics,Sound/Text/Image Real-Time Composer, Doctor of Philosophy In Fine Arts in Musical Performance and Interpretation, University of Gothenburg, 2013

Cooperation with musicians/composers including Emil Strandberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sverrir Gudjonsson, Johan Berthling, Evan Parker, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Cutler, Mats Persson, Sofia Jernberg, Carl-Axel Dominique, Mats Gustafsson, Nina de Heney and Raymond Strid. Music Inside the Language was winner of Contemporary Sound in 2011 of the Journal Contemporary Music. Music and visual arts, including Bo Samuelsson, Katarina Eismann, Inger Arvidsson. Music and dance, including Jukka Korpi, Ingrid Olterman, Bo Arenander, Anne Külper. Music and Drama including Fredrik Nyberg, Magnus Florin, Magnus Jacobsson, Willy Kyrklund, Karl Dunér, Rolf Skoglund, Peter Oskarson, Stina Ekblad and Jörgen Gassilewski.

Sten Sandell was awarded the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz Award in 2012 with the motivation: "The pianist Sten Sandell is one of Swedish improvised music's most brilliant, captivating and independent voices. His musical activities are characterized by a strong artistic integrity, and he has with great consistency developed a characteristic aesthetic attitude that inspires countless musicians. " "

-Sten Sandell Website (http://stensandell.com/cv.php?l=e)
2/21/2024

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"Mattias is born 1971 in Oskarshamn, Sweden and lives in Stockholm. Have the latest 15 years performed at stages around Sweden and elsewhere, focusing on jazz and improvised music. Released two album of his own with his former quartet Ståhls blå ("Ståhls blå" 2001 and "Schlachtplatte" 2004), which achieved great attention from reviewers all over the world. He also composed all the music for this group. As a sideman he contributes in a lot of exciting groups, from projects with the legend Georg Riedel to collaborations with the swedish indie wonder Emil Svanängen aka Loney Dear. Also: Cecilia Persson Quintet, Martin Küchens group Angles, IPA with Magnus Broo/Atle Nymo/Håkon Mjåseth Johansen/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Daniel Buner Formos Formo Tre&Metall and different projects with Trondheim Jazzorkester. Other groups where he contributed during the years are Eirik Hegdals Team Hegdal, Joakim Milders Takeaway, Lennart Åberg:s big and small orchestras, Nils Berg 5 (Jazz in Sweden Award 2007), Alberto Pinton Quintet, Yttling Jazz (with Bjorn Yttling from "Peter, Bjorn and John"), Fredrik Nordström Quintet (Jazz in Sweden Award 2002), Klaus Holm Kollektif. He has been the vibist of the swingtronica-duo Koop since 2001, touring all over the world. He has also played with groups as Jet Set Sweden och Sven Berggrens Alea. He recieved the Swedish Radio Award 2002 as newcomer of the year for his album "Ståhls blå"."

-Mattias Stahl Website (http://mattiasstahl.com/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Lundbergs

2. Gröndals Deli

3. Olle Engkvist

4. Albert och Herbert

5. Sjöfortet

6. Vinterviken

7. Galjonbil

8. Varning för tåg

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Clean Feed

Improvised Music
Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Piano & Keyboards
Trio Recordings
Instruments with Preparations

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