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Granberg, Magnus

Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs]

Granberg, Magnus: Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs] (thanatosis produktion)

The 6 piece Tya Ensemble of string, piano, percussion and vibraphone performs Swedish composer Magnus Granberg's beautifully delicate and dusky work, conceived from historic and recent song structures and written so that individual parts also may be performed as solo pieces, as heard in an extended ensemble version and four solo and one duo configuration.
 

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Magnus Granberg-composer

Josefin Runsteen-violin

My Hellgren-cello

Finn Loxbo-guitar

Anna Christensson-piano

John Eriksson-vibraphone, percussion

Ryan Packard-percussion


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UPC: 7320470260425

Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: THT15
Squidco Product Code: 32374

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Atlantis Metronome, in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 18th, 2022, by Niclas Lindstrom.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Night Will Fade and Fall Apart was commissioned by Thanatosis Produktion in December 2020 and was written for the newly formed Tya Ensemble the following year. The piece takes as its points of departure a tiny handful of songs from two very different times and places: "Tres gentil cuer" and "En l'amoureux vergier" by the French, late medieval composer Solage as well as "My Foolish Heart", a popular song (and subsequent jazz standard) from the late 1940s by Victor Young and Ned Washington from whose lyrics the piece also borrows its title, albeit in a slightly modified manner. The rhythmic materials of the piece are all extracted from the songs of Solage and treated in different ways, whereas the harmonic materials are loosely derived from "My Foolish Heart".

Night Will Fade and Fall Apart is conceived as an ensemble piece where individual parts also may be performed as solo pieces. The ensemble piece consists of seven sets of musical materials as well as a set of guidelines on how to treat and navigate (individually as well as collectively) the different materials. The solo pieces in turn are compiled from the individual parts and may be organized and presented in a multitude of different ways. Night Will Fade and Fall Apart (for piano and vibraphone) consists of the harmonic materials from all seven sets and may also be performed as solo or duo pieces for either instruments. Here it is presented as a "canon of chords". The piano presents the extensive "theme" before the vibraphone enters and the piece ends with the vibraphone playing the complete sequence of chords backwards."- Magnus Granberg, April 2022.



"As I perceive it, in much of Magnus' work, going back as far as projects such as Sheriff, there's an in-drawing nurturing of self. However one may read the beautifully poetic, frequently melancholic nature of the titles of the pieces, this is far from a flattening of the nature of existence but rather a celebration of the interior life of the individual, both of the composer and his growing, attentive, audience, accumulated over time due to a remarkably consistent series of releases. Those familiar with Magnus' work will likely be aware of a 'looseness', an integrated opening for variations in the reading of the work that gently 'undermine' the pre-determined elements of composition.

There's a meditative, haunting stillness to much of Magnus' work, particularly on this double album of variations on a composition based upon a series of propositions, carefully defined parameters that suggest as much as they direct. The compositional information demarcating boundaries while gamefully opening them up to interpretation allowing for intricate readings by an empathetic company of musicians true to Magnus' high standards.

This is music for the twilight, the final rays, as our impaired vision of the solidity of things and their accompanying certainties, fall away.

When describing Magnus' working process I've a desire to flip Cage's 'purposeless play' to 'purposeful'. It appears to me Magnus knows the coordinates, the conditions under which his ship sails, certain he'll recognize the destination as a mirror of his own guiding principles, welcoming elements of the unknown within the carefully prescribed parameters of his personal cartography."-David Sylvian, April 2022


Artist Biographies

"Magnus Granberg is a composer and performer working at an intersection between contemporary chamber music and improvisation. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Born in Umeå in 1974, he studied saxophone and improvisation at the University of Gothenburg and in New York in his late teens and early twenties. Self-taught as a composer, he formed his own ensemble Skogen in 2005 trying to integrate experiences, methods and materials from various traditions of improvised and composed musics into a new modus operandi. Now mainly working with the ensemble Skogen and the newly formed Skuggorna och ljuset, while also writing music on commission for different ensembles and projects. He is also active as an improvisor in different contexts, mainly playing the clarinet.

His music has been performed in Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, England, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia, broadcast by public radio channels in England (BBC Radio 3 and 6), Germany (SWR 2), Sweden (SR P2), Estonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary and the United States, and has been published by the British record label Another Timbre.

Recent work includes a commission from Another Timbre and Ensemble Grizzana and collaborations with musicians such as David Sylvian, Christoph Schiller and the Swiss duo Diatribes.

He has in the last decade also, more or less regularly, collaborated with musicians such as Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Anna Lindal, Kristine Scholz, Rhodri Davies, Simon Allen, Christoph Schiller and Ko Ishikawa."

-FST (http://fst.se/tonsattare/magnus-granberg)
6/10/2024

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"Josefin Runsteen: Swedish vocalist, violinist, drummer and keyboards player. In Groups: Alex Zethson Ensemble, Fire! Orchestra, Mattias Risberg's Mining, Wildhart"

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4022438-Josefin-Runsteen)
6/10/2024

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"My Hellgren lives in Göteborg, Sweden, and works as a cellist in many different contexts. She is mostly active in the scene of contemporary music and is a member of Curious chamber players, ensemble Mimitabu and the text/sound trio MonoMono.

She is occasionally working with other ensembles like Gageego! and Scenatet and as a substitute in several symphony orchestras such as GSO and the Gothenburg opera.

My likes to work close with composers and has premiered solo and chamber music pieces. She has participated in different temporary innovative projects and recieved grant and support from Konstnärsnämnden, Statens musikverk and others.

My is educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and at the Academy of music and drama at the university of Gothenburg."

-My Hellgren Website (https://myhellgren.com/)
6/10/2024

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"Finn Loxbo from Göteborg, Sweden is a guitarist and player of the musical saw, known as one of the two guitarists on Mats Gustafsson's Fire Orchestra's Ritual Incarnation, and also a member of Dog Life, Fire! Orchestra, and Strändernas Svall."

-Squidco 6/10/2024

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"Since her diploma concert in 2007, Anna Christensson has established herself as a classical pianist with an unusually large breadth. She is particularly passionate about lowering the thresholds for all types of audiences by having a musical approach to the repertoire, without renouncing her artistic integrity. She has received several awards for her playing and has been a soloist with several of the Swedish professional orchestras.

She is not only interested in the large classical and romantic "canonized" repertoire, but also in music that lies a little off the beaten path. Through several critically acclaimed disc recordings on Austrian Capriccio, she has contributed to spreading interest in Swedish music abroad.

Anna is a diligent chamber musician, and has also been involved in a number of collaborations on both dance and theater stages. As a member of the Curious Chamber Players, an ensemble for contemporary chamber music, she has performed at a wide range of international festivals and premiered nearly 200 works. She has also been engaged as Kapellmeister at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and since 2014 she has been the musical director of the Stockholm-based Kamratena Opera."

-Anna Christensson Website (https://www.annachristensson.com/)
6/10/2024

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"John Eriksson is a member of Peter Bjorn And John, and Skogen"

-Discogs 6/10/2024

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"ryan packard is:

a percussionist
composer
sound artist
based in chicago, il.

Recent projects and collaborations explore the sonification of lived experiences through their accompanying objects and interpersonal relationships. A curiosity towards listening environments, physical space, and psychoacoustics drive the work as it seeks to promote a heightened state of consciousness even in the most understated spaces and moments.

he's been featured at places like:

mca chicago
high concept labs
dfbrl8r
Galeria Labirynt
experimental sound studio
constellation chicago
elastic arts
random walks festival, the music of xenakis
b-sides festival
montréal nouvelles musiques

he has a masters of music from McGill University
and
bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music"

-Ryan Packard Website (https://ryanpackardsounds.org/bio-picture)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Night Will Fade And Fall Apart (for Ensemble) 43:46

CD2



1. Night Will Fade And Fall Apart (for Percussion) 2:25

2. Night Will Fade And Fall Apart (for Violin) 5:29

3. Night Will Fade And Fall Apart (for Cello) 5:50

4. Night Will Fade and Fall Apart (for Guitar) 6:34

5. Night Will Fade and Fall Apart (for Piano and Vibraphone) 31:28

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