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Gjerstad, Frode / Kalle Moberg / Paal Nilssen-Love: Time Sound Shape (PNL)

A surprising trio for percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and wind player Frode Gjerstad, who more typically play assertive free jazz of enthusiastic character and technical skill, but here joined by fellow Norwegian, accordionist Kalle Moberg, they instead turn in a beautifully reflective set with Paal primarily playing gongs, using the resonance of Oslo's Gamle Aker Kirke.
 

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Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone, alto flute, Bb clarinet

Kalle Moberg-accordion

Paal Nilssen-Love-gongs


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UPC: 7041886100784

Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL052
Squidco Product Code: 32985

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Gamle Aker Kirke, in Oslo, Norway, on May 10th 2021, by Frode Gjerstad.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"At first glance this new CD on PNL looks like familiar territory - a trio recording with two known collaborators of Nilssen-Love: Accordionist Kalle Moberg have become a steady and important voice of the Large Unit sound over the last ten years, and Frode Gjerstad truly needs no introduction - him and Nilssen-Love have played together for 30+ years.

And while this trio is a new constellation, a combination that is good news in itself, "Time Sound Shape" offers another, bigger surprise: this is the first album where Nilssen-Love does not play any drums. The set-up instead is seven gongs - which are prepared and played with a selection of objects, like Styrofoam, Ping-Pong balls, and sheets of paper. Gjerstad also adds the alto flute to his more commonly used Bb clarinet and alto saxophone.

The album was recorded in Gamle Aker Kirke in Oslo, a 900-year-old church from the Middle Ages that has a very distinct acoustic character. This location, in combination with the instrumentation, and the fact that the three musicians were getting together after a year of not playing because of the lockdown, creates a very unusual album in the PNL catalogue. The music is often slow moving and transparent, with explosive and bombastic passages, held together with a subtle and intense undercurrent that drives everything forward throughout its 49 minutes."-PNL


Artist Biographies

"Frode Gjerstad was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03-1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969).

After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making.

At the early stage of his career, he choose mainly to play with international musicians because there was no tradition in Norway for the free music. However, after the club Blå opened in Oslo in 1996, a good number of younger musicians are now picking up on the music.

His relationship with British drummer, John Stevens which started in -81 and lasted up until his death in -94, was of great importance both musically as well as on a personal level. Through Stevens, he was introduced to some of the finest British improvisers and got to know their way of playing. Together, they led the trio "Detail" starting with Johnny Dyani on bass. And after Johnny died in -86, with Kent Carter.

He has also been active, running a larger group of mostly Norwegian musicians, the Circulasione Totale Orchestra. He started the group using electric instruments and modern rock-oriented rhythms. He has used the band to present his own compositions as well as a workshop and a place for young people to get to know free music. The band presented a commissioned work at the Molde Festival in -89 with a 13 man band combining free improvisations, compositions as well as rapping and scratching.(Three horns, three bassists, three drummers, accordeon, guitar a rapper and a DJ). The Circulasione Totale Orchestra is a powerful ever-changing band.

But it´s not easy to keep such a big group together. In 1998 he decided to keep the core of the band which at that time was Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Øyvind Storesund on bass and try to develop that sound. It became Frode Gjerstad Trio. So far the trio has toured Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Polen, Italy, Austria, Portugal, England, Canada and the United States.

He has received several grants from various foundations and has been very active in the Norwegian Jazzmusicians Federation as well as in the committee for the Norwegian Contemporary Music Federation. Voted Jazz Musician of the Year in Norway, 1997. Part of the price was a concert where he could freely choose which musicians to use. This was the first meeting with Hamid Drake and William Parker. The concert became a tour of Scandinavia in -97 and the US in 2000.

US Pianist Borah Bergman has also been important to Frode. They first met in -94 and have played as a duo and also as trio with Evan Parker and later Peter Brøtzmann. Borah has been a great inspiration and a challenge over the years!

English bassist Nicholas Stephens first played with Frode in 1984. He played electric bass at the time, but it was not until after John Stevens died in 1994 that they started working together as "Calling Signals". First with a tour of England in 1995 with Paul Rutherford and Terje Isungset. And in 1996 with Louis Moholo and Danish guitarist, Hasse Poulsen. The latest version of the group has been with accordionist Eivin One Pederesen and Paal Nilssen-Love or Tony Marsh on drums. Frode also met and worked with US percussionist Kevin Norton in 2004 and they have found a common ground. They have a trio with Nicholas Stephens: Instinctual Eye.

Electronic music started to make an impact when he met Lasse Marhaug. They have played some concerts together and made some recordings. Lasses sounds have opened up a whole new territory of possibilities and came at a time when Frode started playing clarinets. A very fruitful combination!

Another side of the electronic thing was the group Ultralyd which was Frodes idea: to bring in a loud powerful electric bass with drums, guitar and reeds. After about a year, he left the band because the sound level was unbearable for the old man.! And he left it to the youngsters to decide how loud the band should be. Still, he has continued playing with Morten, Anders and Kjetil in other projects."

-Frode Gjerstad Website (http://frodegjerstad.com/?page_id=162)
4/10/2024

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"Kalle Moberg (*1994) has excelled as one of Norway's most promising musicians of his generation. His groundbreaking work with unconventional extended techniques on his main instrument - the accordion, is increasingly gaining international attention. Moberg performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician in classical and contemporary music, and as an improviser ranging from freely improvised music to jazz, and has been touring in America, Mexico, Japan and Europe.

Besides his bachelor degree studies in classical music at the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2013-2017, Moberg held the position as kapellmeister at The Norwegian Royal Palace. He left Norway in the fall of 2017 for a master's degree at Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland, studying classical music performance under Teodoro Anzellotti (IT). After graduation in 2019, Moberg returned to his hometown Oslo and is now employed at the Norwegian Academy of Music in a research position (Ph.D. in artistic research) continuing his technique centric research.

Moberg collaborates with several well established musicians, like Jim O'Rourke (US) whom among other things recorded Moberg's solo album in 2019; Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) whom brought Moberg into his band Large Unit in 2017, as well as the septet Circus later on, and in a trio with reedist Frode Gjerstad (NO); Paul Lytton (EN) and Philipp Wachsmann (UG) in the trio The Punk and the Gaffers; Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (NO) in his quintet Honest John; Moberg is also playing in Oslo Jazz Ensemble, a project based ensemble working with artists such as Maria Schneider (US), Ola Kvernberg (NO), Håkon Kornstad (NO) among others. Moberg has performed alongside well established musicians like: Mat Maneri (US), Marshall Allen (US), Joe Talia (AU), Akira Sakata (JP), Eiko Ishibashi (JP), Okkyung Lee (SK), Alison Blunt (KE), Mazen Kerbaj (LB), Ab Baars (NL), Kresten Osgood (DK), Per-Åke Holmlander (SW), Ingebrigt Håker Flaaten (NO), and with London Improvisers Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta amongst other large ensembles.

Moberg actively compose and arrange music. He wrote the piece "Oraklet i Delfi" / "The Oracle of Delphi" to Oslo Jazz Ensemble per commission for the opening of Oslo Jazz Festival 2020, amongst other projects. In 2018 he premiered Arthur Akshelyan's accordion concerto Lichtfarben III, with the orchestra Vertigo, at Dampfzentrale in Bern, Switzerland."

-Kalle Moberg Website (https://www.kallemoberg.com/about)
4/10/2024

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"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.

The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.

Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.

All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."

-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
4/10/2024

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1. Time Sound Shape 48:59

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