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Cambien, Jonas: Maca Conu (Clean Feed)

Commissioned by Norway's Motvind festival, Belgian-born, Oslo-based composer & keyboardist Jonas Cambien takes a sly approach to his compositions, incorporating contemporary & experimental forms with solid free jazz playing, performed with drummer Andreas Wildhagen, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, saxophonist Signe Emmeluth and guest trombonist Guro Kvale (Scheen Jazzorkester).
 

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Signe Emmeluth-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-double bass, synthesizer

Andreas Wildhagen-drums

Jonas Cambien-piano, organ, soprano saxophone

Guro Kvale-trombone


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UPC: 5609063006605

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF660CD
Squidco Product Code: 34389

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Athletic Sound, in Halden, Norway, on Dag Erik Johansen.

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"Maca Conu is the dazzling new band led by Belgian-born, Oslo-residing pianist, composer and improviser Jonas Cambien, an outfit whose eponymous new release clamours like an exploding kunstkammer of curiosities, where runaway orchestrinas and impish automata cavort and gambol in gloriously frisky frissons.

With its origins in a commission for the 2021 edition of Norway's Motvind festival, the album also heralds the recorded debut of a starry Scandinavian ensemble, featuring Cambien's long-time associate, drummer Andreas Wildhagen, low-end powerhouse, double-bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flatan and Danish rising-star saxophonist Signe Emmeluth. Joining forces on Maca Conu, this mighty quartet draw upon combined experiences performing alongside notables including Bugge Wesseltoft, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Buck and Paal Nilssen-Love, while also developing fecund alliances forged in such units as Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra, Jonas Cambien Trio and Emmeluth's Amoeba, to decipher their bandleader's combustible glossary, spiking it with feverish chicanery and oodles of candid charm, communicating in hive-mind mode across uncharted cross-sections straddling contemporary composition and free-improvisation.

Skittishly animated cuts such as 'A Terrible Misunderstanding', 'Blue Eyed Pleco' and 'The Lesser Evil' whistle, puff and pulse in a simulacra of bizarre semi-organic machinery, rendering bonus layers of esoteric, abstract mystery with every listen. 'One Low Now High' encloses a warbling cameo by guest trombonist Guro Kvåle in the swirling psychedelics of Cambien's haunting organ whirl, creeping out like a Wurlitzer-raving spook from Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls, while 'Question the Answer' finds the core foursome plotting another signature paradox, as meditative, all-enveloping drone stealthily evolves into frenzied arcade machine ruckus.

Maca Conu works like a grand hall of mirrors, distorting the surface of initial contact, altering deeply ingrained assumptions and conventions, continually altering appearances so that nothing is as it first appears. It is a magnificent, yet lasting, illusion."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

Signe Krunderup Emmeluth is a Danish saxophonist, known for the groups Andreas Røysum Ensemble, Barrage, Emmeluth's Amoeba, Kasper Agnas Cirkus, Owl, Skarbø Skulekorps, Spacemusic Ensemble, and Tigerfish & Lioncats.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/6596377-Signe-Emmeluth)
4/22/2024

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"Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (b. 1971, Oppdal) - studied Jazz at the Music Consevatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995) under the tutelage of bassplayer Odd Magne Gridseth.

When one listens to the great bassists in modern jazz history, a striking thing (though it may not be immediately arrived at) is that greatness is reached through open-mindedness and diversity. William Parker, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Kowald, Wilbur Ware, Bertram Turetsky, Buell Neidlinger - all of these bass players have embraced a lifestyle of playing all sorts of music and the breadth of each musicians' technique is a testament to those experiences. Norwegian bassist and composer Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is also a musician whose experience is both geographical and aesthetic. While the fertile Scandinavian new jazz scene offered a vast amount of opportunities to work in different bands with musicians whose concepts are as individual as the grains in a reed, Flaten has found home and on-the-bandstand education in places as far flung as Chicago and his current residence Austin, Texas.

A muscular player whose tone and attack run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall, his sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, Scorch Trio and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. In addition to his own Chicago Sextet and Austin-centric Young Mothers, Flaten has also recorded and performed with Frode Gjerstad, Dave Rempis, Bobby Bradford, the AALY Trio, Ken Vandermark, Stephen Gauci, Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin, Dennis Gonzalez and numerous others. Flaten studied at the Conservatory in Trondheim (1992-1995), turning professional shortly afterward, yet his hunger to play in new situations with new musicians - schooled or amateur, frequently recorded or just starting out - puts him in a rare class, that of a truly broad-minded artist. That mettle has served him well, living and developing the music under his own steam and drawing from influences as diverse as Derek Bailey, George Russell, Chris McGregor, filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, contemporary pop melody and gritty punk music as well as everyday sights and sounds.

There is a calmness and self-assuredness that imbues all great artists, in that the diversity of their work comes with very little ego. Flaten's artistry is often in collective, leaderless ensembles and in fact, following a decade of professional musicianship it wasn't until 2004 that his leader-debut was released - Quintet (Jazzland, followed in 2008 by The Year of the Boar, and a Sextet recording is upcoming). This latter fact is partly due to the necessity of a copacetic situation - in an interview in 2010 with the Austinist he noted that "I use people where I'm located. It's inspiring to have your own band to write for, but you have to make sure that people feel free and not limited by the music; the compositions should lead the way to a player's open mind, and that is a challenge." Certainly not every bandleader/composer thinks this way.

In 2011, he formed another ensemble, The Young Mothers, which includes drummers Stefan Gonzalez (Dallas) and Frank Rosaly (Chicago), trumpeter/poet/rapper Jawaad Taylor (New York), saxophonist Jason Jackson (Houston), and Jonathan Horne (Austin) on guitar. It's a group of varying levels and influences and as it grows organically, will be another excellent lens through which to view Flaten's aesthetic, philosophy, and musicianship. The next few years see him in a position where established ensembles can steep and spread their influence, while experimenting with and nurturing a wide range of new relationships."

-Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Website (http://www.ingebrigtflaten.com/about-me/)
4/22/2024

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"Andreas Wildhagen was raised in Oslo and attended the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2012, earning his Masters degree in 2014. He is a sought-after jazz drummer and participates on a series of records with bands like like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Nakama, Lana Trio, Momentum, Jonas Cambien Trio, and Mopti. He has released a solo drum album in 2016 on the Nakama Records label, No Right No Left"

4/22/2024

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"Jonas Cambien (b.1985) is a Belgian pianist and improviser, active on the Norwegian scene for improvised and contemporary music since he moved to Oslo in 2008.

Jonas Cambien leads his own trio, which released its debut-album 'A Zoology of the Future' on the portuguese label Clean Feed Records.

He has also released albums within Platform (Vafongool 2015) and Karokh (Loyal Label 2015, No Forevers 2016), with whom he performs regularly in Norway and abroad.

He also performs solo and within Aksiom, an Oslo-based ensemble for contemporary music.

Jonas Cambien is known for using prepared piano and extended techniques as well as analog synthesizers and electronics in his music.

Jonas holds a Master's degree in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where he studied with Jan Michiels, and holds a Master's degree in Jazz and Improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo."

-Jonas Cambien Website (http://jonascambien.com/bio/index.html)
4/22/2024

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Guro Kvåle is a Norwegian trombone player, known for the groups Hermann Hestbek Ensemble, Private Property!, Superspreder and Scheen Jazzorkester.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/10688062-Guro-Kv%C3%A5le)
4/22/2024

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Track Listing:



1. A Terrible Misunderstanding 4:25

2. Holy Fishtail 8:26

3. Once Low Now High 5:31

4. Pseudoscience 3:16

5. Question The Answer 6:56

6. Blue Eyed Pleco 2:43

7. The Lesser Evil Is The One That Hits You 6:52

8. Kontrakten 2:44

9. Good Frenemy 5:54

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