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Ullen, Lisa: Catachresis (Nuscope)

On her first solo album, pianist Lisa Ullen plays 13 of her complex compositions, and, in addition to the keyboard, uses the inside piano and, on one track, her own upright bass, to illustrate her extended piano techniques.

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UPC: 659897102528

Label: Nuscope
Catalog ID: CD 1025
Squidco Product Code: 17296

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on May 10th-11th, 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden at Epidemin Studios by Johannes Lundberg.


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Artist Biographies:

"Lisa Ullén, pianist and composer. Born 1964 Seoul

Korea, grew up in the north of Sweden, now based in Stockholm. Graduated in 1990 from the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm . Studies in jazz and improvisation at Chapel Hill NC USA. electro-acoustic music at EMS (Electro Acoustic Studio of Sweden).

Among her commissioned works are intermedia project Kyrillien, chamber manga opera Ninjutsu , musical drama play Now time is waiting. She has been supported and rewarded by the Swedish Arts Council, the Society of Swedish Composers, Swedish Arts Grant, and the Royal Music Academy.

The musicians of Lisa Ullén Quartet have their musical roots in jazz, punk, chamber music and blues but come together in what might modestly be called modern acoustic improvisational music. An impressively keen ear is paired with astounding musicianship, where each single note played is as important as the linear totality. A new generation of Swedish musicians expand the concept of free jazz, giving space to beat and melody as well. All the members of the group are well established on the

Swedish jazz and improvisation scene. LUQ have been broadcast by the Swedish National radio and TV and the second album was released in April -09 with very good reviews Lisa Ullén and Nina de Heney Duo has existed since 2007, and has rapidly gained recognition as one the most thrilling new groups on the improvisation scene in Sweden. They are individually known and respected as well established performers, having each developed a personal sound on their respective instruments.

Their second album, released in April -09, received very good reviews.They have performed at the main festivals in Sweden, such as the Umeå International Jazz Festival and the Stockholm Jazz Festival, and their music has several times been broad-casted on the National Swedish Jazz Radio P2."

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track listing:

1. Gulmijulin 3:20

2. Low Voice I 4:28

3. Mine 7:48

4. Periphrasis-GOLD 9:20

5. Fringe 0:54

6. Dig 2:50

7. Granite 1:49

8. Fringe II 2:18

9. Low Voice II 6:14

10. Adagio-GOLD 4:52

11. Talking To Carla 4:10

12. Nol-I 2:39

13. Granite II 2:43
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Swedish pianist Lisa Ullén's first solo piano disc, titled Catachresis, has now been released on CD and has also been released as a download on HDTracks. Lisa's vision of solo piano includes echoes of Sten Sandell's subtle use of clusters and the innovative inner piano preparations of Sophie Agnel or Magda Mayas. The music is also stunningly dynamic and dramatic.

This 13-track CD, which was financed by the Swedish Arts Council, was beautifully recorded by engineer Johannes Lundberg at Epidemin Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden on a new Fazioli grand piano and mastered by Alan Bise at Azica Productions in Cleveland.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, pianist and band leader Lisa Ullén worked in a wide variety of musical settings before concentrating on improvisation. Lisa has performed with bassist Nina De Haney, saxophonist Dror Feiler, and many other fine musicians.

This recording, which was recorded and mixed in the 24 bit domain, features an 8-page booklet with liner notes from pianist Louis Goldstein, who also wrote the liner notes for Sten Sandell's Solid Musik and cover photography from the multi-talented improvising cellist Ceci Quinteros."-Nuscope

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