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Bromander, Vilhelm

In This Forever Unfolding Moment [VINYL]

Bromander, Vilhelm: In This Forever Unfolding Moment [VINYL] (thanatosis produktion)

Drawing on ideas from the 60s and 70--Ornette Coleman, John and Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Charlie Haden--bassist Vilhelm Bromander assembles an accomplished ensemble of Stockholm improvisers to perform three works of warmth and spiritual power, incorporating jazz, world and contemporary music in a stunning and rich album that exudes a wealth of experience and musical clarity.
 

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Vilhelm Bromander-double bass

Katt Hernandez-violin

Martin Kuchen-alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone

Elin Forkelid-tenor saxophone

Alberto Pinton-baritone saxophone

Christer Bothen-bass clarinet

Emil Strandberg-trumpet

Mats Aleklint-trombone

Alexander Zethson-piano

Mattias Stahl-vibraphone

Dennis Egberth-drums

Anton Jonsson-drums

Marianne Svasek-vocals


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UPC: 8785260878843

Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: THT27LP
Squidco Product Code: 33313

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Sweden
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Atlantis Studios, in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 4th and 5th, 2021, by Niclas Lindstrom.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Vilhelm Bromander centers himself in sound, where listening is no less crucial than playing. His relationship to both the notes produced around him and the musicians making them is at the heart of his work. Whether building harmonic structures where he and his colleagues tune in together, constructing a sonic edifice in which sustained tones facilitate deep bonds, or serving as the musical anchor in more rhythmically active settings, playing music with others is about connection, where sound is the medium. This increasingly assured and sophisticated pursuit has reached a new apotheosis with In this forever unfolding moment, a ravishing new set of music created with a large crew of Stockholm improvisers that brings something utterly contemporary to ideas developed back in the 1960s and 1970s by some of Bromander's biggest heroes: Ornette Coleman, John and Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Charlie Haden.

The new project captures Bromander's evolving gifts as a composer with an almost sculptural grandeur, with each of the three pieces evoking different modalities while cumulatively carving out a consistent warmth and emotional impact. The spiritual jazz of the Coltranes is an obvious point of reference, especially on the opening piece "In this forever unfolding moment," where the phenomenal dhrupad singer Marianne Svašek sets the tone with piercing yet meditative clarity, but for the bassist that term implies a profundity well beyond the sonic hallmarks of what's largely become a fallow marketing term. Bromander is pushing for something far more meaningful, engaging in sonic communion with like-minded thinkers to explore eternal questions.

His engagement in Indian classical traditions is profound. "In my studies of dhrupad with Marianne Svašek I was introduced to the practice of kharaj, which is to sing a breath-long note for hours and hours before sunrise," he says. "During these hours I have experienced a note as an evolving universe of dancing harmonics and resonances, where every breath makes the connection to my body and mind deeper." That experience is the core of Bromander's practice these days. Although he emerged as a versatile figure on Stockholm's jazz and improvised music scene more than a decade ago, subsequently playing post-bop with veteran reedists like Christer Bothén and Alberto Pinton-both of whom return the favor by serving in this band-and celebrating the legacy of South African jazz in the Oya Sextet, in recent years he's found a sweet spot that brooks no boundaries between pure sound exploration, free improvisation, and composition. He's explored just intonation in a duo with Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten, he's engaged in sustained tones with reedist David Bennet on the Thanatosis album Within Reach of Eventuality, and on his acclaimed 2022 project Aurora he created a hypnotizing suite of pieces where the timbres of classic cool jazz are suffused within brief, sweetly melodic pieces that seem to double as tuning exercises. In this forever unfolding moment brings many of these interests together within the strongest writing he's ever accomplished.

Svašek introduces the theme of "In this forever unfolding moment" slowly and patiently in a condensed alap over a tanpura drone-something Bromander also provides on Svašek's 2023 Thanatosis album Marwa. Soon Katt Hernandez' violin glides in, echoing the tone and cadences of the Indian sarangi, followed by horns that bring structure to the melodic line Svašek has so gorgeously abstracted and stretched in her exploration. When the full band kicks in the energy and intensity grows, but the essential mood of the composition is unchanged, extensively embroidered with searing solos from the band. As the piece recedes we're left with the eternal hum of the tanpura.

The slow burn of "Låt våra tårar bli våra vapen" is initiated with a bass line that seems to summon the ancestors, with a chorale-like churn that carries whisps of Ornette Coleman's indelible "Lonely Woman." Bromander conceived of the piece as a kind battle hymn advocating gentleness, and as it unfolds it also evokes the sound of righteous struggle celebrated in Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, where beauty ripples amid exquisite tension. Bromander, Ståhl, and drummers Dennis Egberth and Anton Jonsson create a fierce swirl of energy and propulsion, providing a potent foundation for remarkable solos by Elin Forkelid and Pinton. The friction ebbs, but the bittersweet melody returns, imbued with a clear sense of hard-fought triumph. In "Blommor och bröd" Bromander celebrates the human need for nourishment, both spiritual and nutritional, espoused by Swedish socialist agitator Kata Dalström. The piece opens with a moving, lyrically tender duet by violinist Hernandez and pianist Alex Zethson, before Bothén steps in with a stunning improvisation where the composer says we can observe, "a whole life's search and experience sounding from the bass clarinet."

In keeping with his focus on the sound Bromander showers appreciation for his collaborators, who do much more than simply play his compositions. Instead they are true partners, spiritual beings who understand the power of sonic empathy. "Their voices and devotion made this music what it is: collective, full of spirit, hope, care and resistance. The mystery is still there, it's just not in plain sight."-Thanatosis

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Artist Biographies

"Vilhelm BroMander (1988) is a Swedish bass player, improviser and composer based in Stockholm. He embraces his bass from many different angles, with a great curiosity in sound, texture, intonation and timbre. Often he directs his focus to acoustic details such as beating, common partials and difference tones - to hear what happens with our perception when we allow ourselves to be immersed in sound for a longer stretch of time. He draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres such as improvised music, free jazz and electronic music as well as his studies of just intonation and dhrupad.

As an improviser he has played with musicians like Axel DöRner, Tisha Mukarji, Michael Thieke, Sten Sandell, Christer BothéN, Katt Hernandez, Lisa UlléN, Henrik Olsson to name a few.

Also being a popular session musician he has played with among others Daniel Johnston, Saigon, Musette, Joe Davolaz, Josefin öHrn + The Liberation, The Tiny & Music Is The Weapon."

-Vilhelm Bromander Website (http://www.vilhelmbromander.com/about.html)
4/10/2024

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"Katt Hernandez is a composer, improvisor, violinist, producer and artistic researcher. She moved to Stockholm in 2010, and rapidly began working with many artists and new music organizations. In addition to solo violin work, she co-founded The Schematics and Deuterium Quartet, and has worked with a host of musicians and others in Europes's improvised, electronic and experimental music and sound art scenes. After earning a Masters degree in composition from Sweden's Royal College of Music, she began a PhD in Music at Lund university in 2015, and was also employed at the Royal College of Music as part of Klas Nevrin's 3-year research project Music in Disorder. She is currently in the Fire! Orchestra, led by Mats Gustafsson, as well as Lotte Anker's research project Sub-Habitat at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Her work has been featured on festivals, series, museums, conferences and radio stations throughout the world. Before leaving the U.S., Katt was a 13 year veteran of experimental music scenes on the east coast, where she worked with a vast array of musicians, dancers, visual artists, puppeteers, film makers and performance artists, in venues ranging from underground urban art spaces to ivy league concert halls."

-Katt Hernandez Website (https://sites.google.com/site/katthernandez/home/biographic)
4/10/2024

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"Born 1966; saxophones. Martin Küchen has been active on the Swedish free improvised/free jazz scene since the mid-1990s. He has composed for larger groups, participated in dance projects, performed with different poets and created the music for experimental films. He now collaborates with improvisors all over Europe and USA/Canada. His current collaborations include:

Angles - a new trio with Ingebrigt Håker- Flaten, doublebass, Kjell Nordeson, drums and Martin Küchen, saxophones. Exploding Customer - a free jazz quartet with Tomas Hallonsten trumpet, Benjamin Quigley double bass and Kjell Nordeson drums, which plays mainly original compositions. Sound of Mucus - a trio with the stringchordist Herman Müntzing and Andreas Axelsson, percussion. Unsolicited Music Ensemble - a trio with Tony Wren, double bass and Raymond Strid, percussion. a duo with guitarist David Stackenås. UNSK: Birgit Ulher, Martin Küchen, lise-Lott Norelius and Raymond Strid. Looper - a trio with Greek cello player Nikos Veliotis and Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach."

-European Free Improv Site (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mkuchen.html)
4/10/2024

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Elin Forkelid: "Swedish jazz saxophone player, based in Stockholm. Other bands include SOL SOL & Anna Högberg ATTACK."

-Elin Forkelid Website (https://elinforkelid.com/)
4/10/2024

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"Alberto Pinton has been performing since the mid eighties as a bandleader and sideman, on all sizes of saxophones, clarinets and flutes, delivering solo and ensemble work on the jazz and improvised music scene.

His most recent group as a leader, a chordless quartet (two horns, bass and drums) named Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo, has released two live recordings of original compositions, "Resiliency" on Moserobie Music Production and "Opus Facere" on Clean Feed Records.Of the music on "Resiliency", critics write: "Pinton and Barnö unfurl extended improvisations with electric intensity, always plugged into the agile, shape-shifting rhythm section","Pinton definitely knows his "free" chops, but favors rationality over fervid incomprehensibility. Barnö, Zetterberg and Agnas enrich the interplay with respect and realism, constantly conscious of the overall intensity and velocity".

Alberto Pinton has released eleven albums as leader and co-leader. Previous recordings include work by the Alberto Pinton Quintet, Alberto Pinton Clear Now, Dog Out, Pinton Kullhammar Zetterberg Nordeson, Alberto Pinton Nascent.

Alberto has received two full scholarships, from the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Saxophone Performance at Berklee, Boston, and with a Master's Degree in Saxophone Performance at the Manhattan School, New York. During his four years stay in the USA, Alberto studied the saxophone with Hamiet Bluiett, Joe Temperley, George Garzone, Joe Viola, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, Jerry Bergonzi. Theory and composition with Maria Schneider, Ludmila Ulehla and Nils Vigeland.

He's the recipient of the Swedish jazz award Jazzkannan (2009) and Bert Levins Stipendium (2014).

Alberto Pinton has toured and performed with, among many others, Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, John Warren, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Lennart Åberg, Nils Landgren, Kenny Werner, Steve Grey, Norma Winstone, George Russell, Tim Hagans, Peter Erskine, Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Adam Nussbaum, Swedish Radio Jazz Group, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band, Norrbotten Big Band.

His teaching experience, spanning over two decades, include classes of ear training, improvisation, ensemble and instrument lessons at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Master classes in Sweden, Italy and Canada.

Born and raised on the "terraferma", the mainland, of Marghera, an industrial town outside of Venice, Italy, he currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden."

-Alberto Pinton Website (https://albertopinton.com/)
4/10/2024

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"Christer Bothén born 1941 in Gothenburg, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Composer, musician and artist. His main instruments are bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, donso n'goni and guimbri. Bothén spent 1971 - 72 in Mali, where he studied hunter's music and donso n'goni with master Broema Dombia in Bougouni, Wassoulut. In 1977 he took up gnawa music studies with master Maalem Abdellatif Elmakhzoumi in Marrakech, who he studied with until the master passed away in 2017. From 1970 onwards, Bothén collaborated with Don Cherry, and he also taught Cherry the donso n'goni. In 1980 Bothén started Bolon Bata, a band that toured intensively, performing Bothéns compositions. Its members included Bosse Skoglund, Marianne N'Lemvo and Ulf Lindén. Later the band became Bolon X, adding band members Morgan Ågren and Rafael Sida. From 1990 onwards, Bothén has continued leading his own groups, and has also collaborated frequently with multi-reedist Mats Gustafsson, performance artist and musician Sara Lundén and cornetist Goran Kajfeš."

-Thanatosis (https://thanatosis.org/christer-bothn)
4/10/2024

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Trumpeter Emil Strandberg is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a member of Fire! Orchestra, Seval, and Pan-Scan.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

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"Mats Aleklint is a freelance trombone player, born 1979, that lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

I work mostly in the fields of improvisation and jazz, but also blues, soul, theater music, pop and rock. I have been working as a freelance since the year 2000, and touring in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Slovenia, Portugal, England, Germany, and many other countries. Toured with/Recorded with: Alberto Pinton Quintet, YunKan10, Torbjörn Zetterberg Octet, Norrbotten Big Band, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, The Thing XXL, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brus Trio+2, Big Band Splash, Per-Henrik Wallin, Harmonica Henry, Lisa Ullén Quartet, Blacknuss, Angles, Je Suis!, All Included, LED, and many many others. I also have a band of my own, Mats Äleklint Kvartett."

-Mats Aleklint Website (http://www.matsaleklint.com/?page_id=7)
4/10/2024

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"Alexander Zethson has completed the bachelor performance programme in jazz at KMH and is currently studying at the second year of the master's programme with Lisa Ullén as his primary instrument teacher.

Alexander has participated in extensive concert and tour activities and has participated in fifteen record productions. The ensembles include:

• Niklas Barnö's free jazz group Je Suis!• A number of tours in Europe with Martin Küchen's group Angles 9

Alexander is also active as arranger and pianist in collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a cooperation which began in 2011. Zethson, Sofia Jernberg and Lene Grenager has arranged music from Hallingdal and Røros performed by the TJO with Zethson, Jernberg and violinist/Hardanger fiddler Olav Luksengård Mjelva."

-KMH Royal College of Music in Stockholm (https://www.kmh.se/alexander-zethson-received-the-rosenborg-gehrmans-scholarship)
4/10/2024

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"Mattias is born 1971 in Oskarshamn, Sweden and lives in Stockholm. Have the latest 15 years performed at stages around Sweden and elsewhere, focusing on jazz and improvised music. Released two album of his own with his former quartet Ståhls blå ("Ståhls blå" 2001 and "Schlachtplatte" 2004), which achieved great attention from reviewers all over the world. He also composed all the music for this group. As a sideman he contributes in a lot of exciting groups, from projects with the legend Georg Riedel to collaborations with the swedish indie wonder Emil Svanängen aka Loney Dear. Also: Cecilia Persson Quintet, Martin Küchens group Angles, IPA with Magnus Broo/Atle Nymo/Håkon Mjåseth Johansen/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Daniel Buner Formos Formo Tre&Metall and different projects with Trondheim Jazzorkester. Other groups where he contributed during the years are Eirik Hegdals Team Hegdal, Joakim Milders Takeaway, Lennart Åberg:s big and small orchestras, Nils Berg 5 (Jazz in Sweden Award 2007), Alberto Pinton Quintet, Yttling Jazz (with Bjorn Yttling from "Peter, Bjorn and John"), Fredrik Nordström Quintet (Jazz in Sweden Award 2002), Klaus Holm Kollektif. He has been the vibist of the swingtronica-duo Koop since 2001, touring all over the world. He has also played with groups as Jet Set Sweden och Sven Berggrens Alea. He recieved the Swedish Radio Award 2002 as newcomer of the year for his album "Ståhls blå"."

-Mattias Stahl Website (http://mattiasstahl.com/)
4/10/2024

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Dennis Natanael Egberth is a Swedish composer and drummer, born on September 4, 1989 in Ljungby, Sweden.

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4/10/2024

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Anton Jonsson is a jazz drummer from Sweden. Works in the field of free improvised music and free jazz. He has released an album with Swedish reedist Pelle Westlin, and worked with Alex Zethson.

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4/10/2024

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"Marianne Svašek, born in the Netherlands, studied Indian classical singing at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Uday Bhawalkar.

Since 1994 she was taught in India by Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.

After his demise in 2013 she is continuing her study of Dhrupad with Pt.Nirmalya Dey.

She has been awarded with a gold medal at the Dhrupad Mela in Varanasi in 2014.

Marianne Svašek also studied sarangi (a string instrument with three main and 35 resonating strings) with Joep Bor and Pandit Ram Narayan.

She graduated cum laude in both disciplines at the Rotterdam Conservatory where she is presently teaching. Marianne gives workshops and concerts in Europe, the US, India and Pakistan."

-Marianne Svasek Website (https://mariannesvasek.com/marianne-svasek/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. In This Forever Unfolding Moment 16:50

SIDE B



1. Lat Vara Tarar Bli Vara Vapen 9:25

2. Blommor Och Brod 7:15

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Kuchen, Martin / Ed Pettersen / Roger Turner
The End Of The Universe
(Split Rock Records)
Swedish saxophonist Martin Kuchen (Angles), US guitarist Ed Pettersen, and UK percussionist Roger Turner join together in London for a studio album of improvisations referencing the vastness of space through the exploration of textures and sounds, influenced by the "Interstellar Transmissions" album that improvised with the sounds of the Voyager spacecraft.



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