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Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds (Shhpuma)

Swedish bass player Egil Kalman, here on modular syntheizer, joins Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten for a lovely album of drifting electronics and beautifully entwining acoustic guitar, unhurriedly developing environments of warm, slowly evolving chord structures that show influences from players like Catherine Lamb or the Wandelweiser collective.

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UPC: 5609063100556

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH055
Squidco Product Code: 28355

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 3rd, 2019, by Egil Kalman.


Egil Kalman-modular synthesizer

Fredrik Rasten-acoustic guitar, voice

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Can experimental electro-acoustic music have a folkish sensibility? Yes, it can, and the most accomplished case in point is given by Weaving a Fabric of Winds, the result of the partnership between Egil Kalman and Fredrik Rasten, two unavoidable names when considering the exploratory music scene in Scandinavia.

An acoustic guitar with steel strings (sometimes paired with an electric one) and a modular synthesizer are the only instruments on ear range, recorded in entire takes without any additional overdubs. Having the historical trajectories of the instruments in mind, this is an interesting instrumentarium for a duo; the acoustic guitar is a main tool within folk and popular music expressions, while the modular synthesizer has its roots in experimental music and sound explorations.

Kalman is also a double bass player, active in the free improvised music scene, and you may recognize Rasten's name from the catalogue of the German record label Wandelweiser, specializing in the written music inspired by John Cage's concepts relating to silence. The spontaneous and the composed mingle in these sound objects, giving an early music and a countryside atmosphere to the use of just intonation (sometimes with real-time retunings), with an approach clearly of today, but not seeming to belong to any time period in the history of music."-Shhpuma

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Artist Biographies

"Egil Kalman (b.1989) is a Swedish bass player, synthesist, improviser and composer based in Copenhagen. His projects include Miman, Alasdair Roberts and Völvur, Skrekk og Guro, Zoe Efstathiou Egil Kalman, Egil Kalman Fredrik Rasten, Titta jag flyger, Brute Force, Marthe Lea Band, Adeln, Rønnings Jazzmaskin, Klyv-Olle Trio, and XAO"

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Fredrik Rasten, guitarist / improviser / composer "I am a Norwegian guitarist (b. 1988) working in the field of experimental music, both improvised and composed. My main focuses are exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string guitar, motivated by a fascination for the almost tactile experiences of acoustic phenomena. The last months I have been working extensively with intonation, with an extended concept of consonance as a point of departure, both in solo work and in duos with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen and bass player Jonathan Heilbron. I have also had the lucky opportunity to take lessons in this field with composer and violist Catherine Lamb.

Other music that I am inspired by includes wandelweiser music, traditional british folk and early music."

"Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar and in exploring the possibilities for putting this instrument in new musical contexts. With extensive use of preparations and different non-tempered tunings, he creates warm sounds in gradual development. He also includes subtle use of the voice to make interfering thick timbres and tonalities in combination with the guitar. A goal for the music is to open a room for details that invites the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.

He is also playing composed music, especially related to quiet / Wandelweiser music and Just Intonation music, and has performed pieces by Johan Lindvall, Antoine Beuger and Catherine Lamb."

-Fredrik Rasten Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Weaving A Fabric Of Winds 25:18

2. Droplets In Air 16:19

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