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Master Oogway w/ Henriette Eilertsen: Happy Village (Rune Grammofon)

The 3rd album from the Oslo's Master Oogway quartet of Havard Nordberg Funderud on guitars, Lauritz Heitmann Skeidsvoll on sax, Martin Heggli Mellem on drums and Karl Erik Hornsdalsveen on bass, recorded at their monthly concert series at Kafa Haerverk, joined by flutist Henriette Eilertsen (Billy Meier and Andreas Roysum Ensemble) for four lyrical composed by bassist Hornsdalsveen.

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Havard Nordberg Funderud-guitar, 12 string guitar

Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll-saxophone

Martin Heggli Mellem-drums

Karl Erik E. Horndalsveen-double bass

Henriette Eilertsen-flute

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UPC: 7033662022243

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2224CD
Squidco Product Code: 31679

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Kafa Haerverk, in Oslo, Norway, by Eirik Losnegard.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Back in 2020, Kafe Haerverk, Oslo's live hotspot for a wide range of jazz and experimental music invited Master Oogway to do monthly concerts from August to December, bringing along a guest for each occasion. Two had to be moved to 2021 due to Covid restrictions, but the other three were recorded for possible use later.

Initially, Rune Grammofon thought about doing a "best of" from all of the recordings, but after further listening it soon dawned on the label that the concert with Henriette Eilertsen was nothing less than magical. To make room for the 45-minute vinyl edition, Rune Grammofon had to drop one of the five pieces that were played on the night, and also make two minor edits. Other than that, this is what was played, there are no overdubs or cosmetic treatments.

Henriette Eilertsen is part of the fertile and exciting environment around the Motvind label, and a member of Billy Meier and Andreas Roysum Ensemble. She released her solo debut Poems For Flute on Motvind in 2021.

Havard Nordberg Funderud finished his Bachelors at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2018 and also studied in Gothenburg and Copenhagen. He is involved in several projects, Master Oogway being his priority. Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll and Karl Erik Horndalsveen are both educated from the same academy in Oslo as Havard, while Martin Heggli Mellem is educated from the jazz program at NTNU in Trondheim.

Happy Village is Master Oogway's third album, their second on Rune Grammofon. The music on the previous outing two years ago, Earth And Other Worlds (RCD 2213CDLP 3213LP) was all written by Havard, while the music on Happy Village is written by Karl Erik, one track co-written with Havard. Happy Village finds the band in a more lyrical and exuberant mood than before, in no small part due to Henriette's beautiful contributions."-Rune Grammofon

"Back in 2020, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo's live hotspot for a wide range of jazz and experimental music invited the quartet Master Oogway (titled after imaginary elderly tortoise who created kung fu and highly respected for his wisdom in the "Kung-Fu Panda" films) to do monthly concerts from August to December, bringing along a guest for each occasion. Initially, Rune Grammofon planned to release a "best of" from all of these concerts, but after further listening, it soon dawned on the label that the concert from September 2020 with young flutist Henriette Eilertsen (member of Billy Meier and Andreas Røysum Ensemble, who released her solo debut album last year, "Poems For Flute", Motvind, 2021) was truly exceptional. Since "Happy Village" is released in a 45-minute vinyl edition, one of the five pieces played in this concert was omitted, and two minor edits were made, but other than that, the album documents what was played, with no overdubs or cosmetic treatments.

Master Oogway's double bass player Karl Erik Hornsdalsveen composed the four pieces, and one of these four, the opening piece "Heading Home" was co-written with guitarist Håvard Nordberg Funderud, who wrote the quartet's music on its previous album "Earth And Other Worlds" (Rune Grammofon, 2020). Eilertsen sets the lyrical mode of this piece and the whole concert on the 17-minute "Heading Home". The "Home" here is an updated Nordic version of the spiritual and fiery free jazz of the sixties with its intoxicating, deep grooves. And Eilertsen instantly feels at home with Master Oogway's high-energy and tight dynamics and takes the leading role here with commanding elegance and poetic articulation.

The title piece cements even deeper the organic, immediate affinity of Master Oogway with Eilertsen as this quintet flows with exuberant energy and hypnotic groove of Hornsdalsveen and drummer Martin Heggli Mellem. "Speech!" celebrates Master Oogway's seminal Ayler-ian influence, with familiar uplifting gospel moods and impressive solos of sax player Lauritz Heitmann Skeidsvoll, Nordberg Funderud and Eilertsen, and a conversational interplay of the whole quintet. This magical concert ends with the lyrical "Whispering Townsfolk", beginning as a meditative piece, shifts into a short playful mode and concludes with a poetic, peaceful note."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Artist Biographies

"Håvard Nordberg Funderud is a Norwegian guiar, performing blues, classic rock, hard rock, and jazz. He is a member of Master Oogway, and has played with Norsk Råkk"

-Squidco 4/17/2024

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Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll is a Norwegian saxophonist born in Kleive, More And Romsdal, and living in Oslo, Norway. He studied improvisation at Norges musikkhøgskole and Molde Videregaaende. He is a member of Bear Brother.

-Squidco 4/17/2024

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"Martin Heggli Mellem is a Norwegian drummer known for the bands Bear Brother, Master Oogway, and Øyvindland. He is currently (2020) finishing his bachelor at the jazz program at NTNU in Trondheim."

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Karl Erik E. Horndalsveen is a Norwegian double bassist living in Straumen, Nord-Trondelag. He studied at Norges musikkhøgskole, Universitetet i Oslo (UiO) and Sund Folkehøgskole.

-Karl Erik E. Horndalsveen Facebook Page (§ion=living)

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Henriette Eilertsen is a flute player based in Oslo, Norway, known for the Billy Meier and Andreas Roysum Ensemble, her solo work and her work with Master Oogway.

-Squidco 4/17/2024

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Track Listing:

1. Heading Home 17:02

2. Happy Village 7:11

3. Speech! 10:29

4. Whispering Townsfolk 10:07

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Quintet Recordings
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
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