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Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen): Neptun (Nakama Records)

Debut album from this Oslo collective quartet of free improvisers led by drummer Andreas Wildhagen (Nilssen-Love Large Unit) with Erik Kimestad Pedersen on trumpet, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Erlend Olderskog Albertsen on double bass, a thoroughly modern band that balances more experimental playing with improv in the European tradition; a strong start.

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UPC: 7090040260208

Label: Nakama Records
Catalog ID: NKM011CD
Squidco Product Code: 26105

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Urban Sound Studio, in Oslo, Norway, in June, by Roar Nilsen.


Erik Kimestad Pedersen-trumpet

Kjetil Jerve-piano

Erlend Olderskog Albertsen-double bass

Andreas Wildhagen-drums

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track listing:

1. Summoning 8:57

2. Dance of the Maniae 6:34

3. Wavelengths 11:09

4. Tides in Space 7:52
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"A planet invisible to the naked eye, it was originally discovered through mathematical deduction after scientists noticed unexpected changes in the course of Uranus. It was named after the Roman god of the sea. In addition to being ruler of the liquid element, he was said to have tremendous power over our subconsciousness and emotions, which we ourselves still have little understanding of today.

The title represents the unknown, ranging from the depths of the human mind and the oceans out to the vastness and mysteries of space. The music itself is a rubbery mass of composed and improvised ideas stirred and distilled into a concrete pellet with a unique flavor: It is dark like the deep sea, astral as the sky and uncategorizable as our very own subconscious - and it grooves in a minimalistic, awkwardly satisfactory Akmee-kind of way."-Nakama Records

"Akmee is a Norwegian, Oslo-based collaborative quartet featuring musicians who like jazz from its experimental, exploratory side. The quartet was formed in 2013 by drummer Andreas Wildhagen, known from Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit and the groups Nakama, Mopti, Momentum and Lana Trio, and pianist Kjetil Jerve, who also plays in the Lana Trio as in other groups as Orter Eparg (again with Wildhagen) and Baker Hansen. Akmee features trumpeter Erik Kimestad Pedersen, who collaborated with Danish pianist Jeppe Zeeberg recent projects, and bass player Erlend Albertsen, who plays in another of Nakama collective groups, Filosofer.

Akmee played only a handful of European concerts before recording "Neptun", referring to the mysterious planet Neptune, invisible to the naked eye, discovered through mathematical deduction after scientists noticed unexpected changes in the course of Uranus. Neptune is also the Roman god of the sea, the ruler of liquid elements, gifted with tremendous power over our subconsciousness and emotions. "Neptun" was also inspired by the works of John Coltrane and the novel "Haiene" (The Sharks), the major work of Norwegian writer Jens Bjørneboe, known for his turbulent, uncompromising life and his criticism of the Norwegian society.

Akmee attempts to offer a Neptunian sonic experience through a suite that dismisses the distinction between the accurate, composed and rehearsed segments and the personal-intuitive improvised parts that connect, float and drift unconsciously and beyond control. The first part, "Summoning", sets the enigmatic, atmosphere when Akmee flows between lyrical and turbulent poles, establishing its egalitarian, collective interplay. The following "Dance of the Maniae" changes course to a playful, polytonal mode and now Akmee sounds now as dancing according to twisted, fractured rhythm of its own. Then, on "Wavelengths", Akmee explores and drifts across murky, dark oceans, navigating its rhythmic course back and forward. The concluding part in this arresting piece "Tides in Space" is the most beautiful one. Akmee sounds as an organic unit who have found its unique astral sound, lyrical and melodic but one that does not conform to a clear narrative, floating fast between its reserved and urgent modes."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Artist Biographies:

Erik Kimestad Pedersen is a Copenhagen-based trumpeter, known for the groups Akmee, Horse Orchestra, JKA Quintet, MMO-Ensemble, RødssalG nEEn GlassdøR.

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"Kjetil Jerve was Born in Ålesund, Norway on August 28th, 1988.

Raised by a family of five in the same town.

Played recorder for one year at age 6, and started taking piano lessons the year after. Age 8 was the first on clarinet in the local school ensemble (Åse Skolekorps).

After finishing high school at Fagerlia VGS and 11 years at Ålesund Kulturskole (the local music school, as nearly seen in the picture), it was all about Sund Folk College on Inderøya and its jazz department.

Age 20 brought Trondheim's Jazz Department "Jazzlinja" at NTNU, and after two years Jazz and Improvisation Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

He is currently doing a master degree at The Norwegian Academy of Music in improvisational music and jazz."

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"Erlend Olderskog Albertsen is a bassist and saxophonist in the jazz miljeau of Norway, Oslo. He is currently playing in groups such as: Filosofer, AKmEE, Kristo ff er Eikrem Kvintett, Avatar, Espen Jørgensen Bjarnar Trio, as well as doing his own project "rødssalG nEEn Glassdør".

Erlend is also teaching the bass, focusing on jazz, improvisation and interplay. He believes that everyone that has a keen interest, can learn the art of making music."

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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"


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