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Gustafsson, Mats / Ensemble E: EE Opus One (Trost Records)

Merging contemporary and traditional instruments, including the spilapipa (a fipple flute), hardanger fiddle, the Bilgoraj suka (a vertical fiddle), alongside prepared piano, organ, trumpet, tuba, baritone sax & voice, Mats Gustafsson's ensemble merges folk, experimental forms, improv & free jazz in a conduction shaped by the participants; absolutely unique & fascinating.
 

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Helga Myhr-hardanger fiddle

Sylwia Swiatkowska-Bilgoraj suka

Susana Santos Silva-trumpet

Maniucha Bikont-vocal, tuba

Daniel Formo-organ, prepared piano

Arne Forsen-prepared piano, clavichord, percussion

Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone, flute, spilapipa, conducting


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UPC: 9120036683877

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 241CD
Squidco Product Code: 34210

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at CODES Festival, in Lublin, Poland, on May 5th, 2022, by Mikael Werliin. Additional recordings at Polish Radio, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sept 30th 2022.

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"After many years of going deeper into folk music traditions of the past, I finally saw the possibility of creating my own contemporary reading of the traditions I am so deeply inspired by. I was very impressed and inspired by deeper ethnic music from around the globe. Not 'understanding' it. But feeling it. Being blown away by it. Being completely speechless. Flabbergasted. Overthrown by it. Inside and out....

The initial idea behind Ensemble E was to combine traditions of contemporary music, noise, improvised music, free jazz and other experimental music fields and traditions with the deeper music traditions from where we all arrive.... Occasional instant conductions, instructional pieces and graphic scores balancing it all up into new forms of expression. New experiences. New memories. New knowledge. With old tools. Old knowledge. Sharing.

Every player of Ensemble E was asked to bring in older (and contemporary) folk music songs that have affected them in some deeper ways, into the body of the Ensemble E. Sharing it. Together. Togetherness. Putting the older materials into new contexts. Bringing extreme diversity into play. This is deeper researche-search of traditional and non-traditional ways of expressing folk music of Scandinavia, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine and more. Much more. By putting them next to each other/on top of each other/inside of each other. Creating new ways.

The instrumentation of Ensemble E is spectacular in my ears, eyes and soul. Avoiding traditional prejudices. This is all about how it is shared. And with whom. And WHO we are. Creating old and new dreams together with the extraordinary playing by Sylwia, Arne, Susana, Daniel, Maniucha, and Helga. Traditional acoustic instruments in direct interactions and deeper tactility of complexities, where only the acoustic colors, interferences and spectrums from each individual instrument are communicating, without filters and electronic processing. Just perfectly balanced by sound geniusMikael Werliin in the live situation.

The instant interaction between each individual player and the collective urge, perspectives and needs of the music will create a new platform, new possibilities, and new perspectives...."-Mats Gustafsson



"Gustafsson wanted to combine traditions of contemporary music, noise, free improvised music, free jazz and other experimental music fields and traditions with the deeper music traditions with the new, seven-piece Ensemble E. EE Opus One is a provocative but profound sonic research of traditional and non-traditional ways of expressing folk music of Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine. The Ensemble E was recorded live at the Codes Festival in Lublin, Poland, in May 2022.

This unconventional instrumentation of the ensemble includes Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Helga Myhr, Polish Bilgoraj suka player (a unique fiddle that is played vertically) Sylwia Świątkowska, Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva (who also plays in Fire! Orchestra), Polish vocalist-tubaist Maniucha Bikont, Norwegian organist and prepared piano player Daniel Formo (who also plays in Hidros 9 Mirrors), Swedish prepared piano and clavichord player and percussionist, and Gustafsson who plays on baritone sax, flute and the Swedish fipple flute spilåpipa and conducts the Ensemble E.

Gustafsson explains that by putting all these distant and contrasting elements "next to each other/ on top of each other/ inside of each other", with no traditional prejudices but with a spirit of sharing, he could offer new musical courses. "This is all about how it is shared. And with whom. And WHO we are", he concludes. The 48-minute, improvised with instant conduction and graphic score EE Opus One sounds like it visits untimely and imaginative, chartered and unchartered genre-evasive melodic territories that keep melting into each other and drifting apart while balancing between solo expressions and collective interaction. The intense yet poetic EE Opus One suggests a borderless and compassionate global village."-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective


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Artist Biographies

"Helga Myhr was born into a music and dance rich family, and began singing, dancing and playing music during her childhood. Helga is an A class Hardanger fiddler and a student at the music academy in Oslo. She also teaches dance classes and teach Hardanger fiddle."

-http://www.scandiacampmendocino.org/PDFs/ScandiaCamp2016.pdf (Scandia Camp Mendocino)
2/28/2024

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Sylwia Świątkowska: "Violinist, fiddle player, singer, composer. Musician fascinated by Polish folk art. Seeker of a universal language that connects the world's distant musical cultures. Graduate of ethnomusicology at the University of Warsaw.

She performs and records albums with numerous bands, co-creating projects on the borderline of styles and cultures (Etnofonie Kurpiowskie, Struktura, Stilo, Kontraburger, Village Kollektiv, etc.). At the Polish Radio festival "Nowa Tradycja" (New Tradition) 2002, she received the special prize Golden Goose for the best musician and the first place with the band Stilo. At the "Folkopranie" festival in Skierniewice, she was recognised as the most interesting musician and awarded individually. Since 2001, she has been co-founding the band Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa, with which she has achieved numerous successes on the most prestigious stages around the world (including WOMAD, WOMEX, Glastonbury Festival, Rudolstadt Festival, Solidarity of Art, Rainforest Festival), played more than 1000 concerts and received numerous awards (3 Folk Phonagrams of the Year at the PR New Tradition Festival, BBC Radio3 World Music Awards, 5 Fryderyks, 2 Machinery, European Radio Union Grand Prix, Grammy Award nominations, multiple 1st place in the World Music Charts Europe and others). Together with her band, she collaborates with many artists from Poland and abroad: Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA, Canada, India, Iran (e.g. Esperanza Spalding, Bill Laswell, Leszek Możdżer, Kayhan Kalhor, Sandy Scofield, Andy Teirstein, Jack Wall, Mercedes Peon, Dj Feel-X, Torgeir Vassvik, Dhoad Gypsies from Rajastan, Hedningarna), creating new constellations of ethnic sounds. She is closely associated with folk singers and musicians from the Mazovia region (Maria Bienias, Marianna Rokicka, Stefan Nowaczek, Carniacy, Bandysionki, Kapela Zdzisława Kwapińskiego, with whom she recorded the album Re:Akcja Mazowiecka together with KzWW), as well as with a band from Dobrowody on the Polish-Belarusian border.

She has also co-written and performed music for Japanese manga, computer games (Myst IV), films (Lost Urzecze, Kapel Mistrze, Zimna wojna, Sąsiady), theatre productions (Balladyna, Tale of Three Horses, Musicians of the Great Field) and music for the New York new opera A Blessing on the Moon. As a soloist, she collaborates with composer Nikola Kolodziejczyk (2019 premiere of the composition Baroque of the New Era - Handel XXI, 2022 premiere of the Symphony 'Return to Matanza' with the Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic).

The artist sings with a white voice and specialises in playing reconstructed Polish folk instruments - the Biłgoraj suka and the Płock fiddle, using the so-called nail technique and experimenting with their specific sound."

-In Between Norway & Poland / Culture (https://inbetween.avantart.pl/en/bio/sylwia-swiatkowska-pl/)
2/28/2024

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"Susana Santos Silva is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal.

She holds a Master Diploma in Jazz Performance '2010 from Codarts, Rotterdam, where she worked with Eric Vloeimans, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Wim Both.

She holds a Graduate Diploma in Jazz/Trumpet '2008 and in Trumpet '2004 from College of Music and Performing Arts in Porto, attending the last year of the course at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in the class of Prof. Reinhold Friedrich, where she also had baroque trumpet lessons with Prof. Edward Tarr.

She is a member and co-founder of the Porto based jazz musicians association Porta-Jazz and it's label, Carimbo. 
With Coreto, an ensemble of musicians from this association led by João Pedro Brandão, she recorded in 2012 the first album of the label, 'Aljamia'. Two more were released after that, 'Mergulho' and 'Sem Chão'.

In 2011 she releases her first album as a leader of her own Quintet, 'Devil´s Dress' on Tone of a Pitch Records. With this band she played 12 Points Jazz Festival, Dublin in 2011. In 2015 she releases her second album as a leader, 'Impermanence' on Carimbo Porta-Jazz. Life and Other Transient Storms, her new project with Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg and Jon Falt, premiered last year at Tampere jazz Happening and their new album is now out on Clean Feed Records.

Her other main projects include LAMA, a Rotterdam based trio with portuguese bassist Gonçalo Almeida and canadian drummer Greg Smith, 'Oneiros' (2011), 'Lamaçal' (2013) feat. Chris Speed and 'The Elephant's Journey' feat. Joachim Badenhorst (2015), all released on Clean Feed Records, a duo with swedish bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg, 'Almost Tomorrow' Clean Feed 2013, a duo with the slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler 'This Love' Clean Feed 2015, a duo with drummer Jorge Queijo 'Songs from my Backyard' Wasser Bassin 2013, a collaboration with the belgian trio De Beren Gieren, 'The Detour Fish' Clean Feed 2014, a trio with Torbjörn Zetterberg and the swedish organist Hampus Lindwall 'If Nothing Else' Clean Feed 2015 and a quartet with Christine Wodrascka, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Håkon Berre, 'Rasengan!' (Barefoot Records 2016).

She is also part of João Guimarães Octet, 'Zero' Toap 2014, Torbjörn Zetterberg 'Och Den Stora Frågan' Moserobie 2014, 'Om Liv & Död' Moserobie 2015, and Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, with whom she played and recorded with musicians as Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Maria Schneider, among many others.

She was a member of the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, with whom she played in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Egipt. The orchestra recorded 'EMJO Live at Coimbra', released in 2011 on Clean Feed Records."

-Susana Santos Silva Website (https://susanasantossilva.com/bio/)
2/28/2024

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"Maniucha Bikont is a singer of contemporary and traditional music. She plays the tuba, accordion, and other big and small instruments. She has participated in dozens of music and theatre projects and collaborated with musicians from all over the world. More recently, she has performed in the Maniucha i Ksawery duo, played with the band Tęgie Chłopy, collaborated with Assaf Talmudi, and has taken part in the Japanese project IMA Song Lines. She performs works by contemporary composers and writes music for film and theatre. She has travelled to Europe, Asia, and North America with her music and other live performances. Her most personal album to date is Oj borom borom, co-recorded with Ksawery Wójciński. She has received numerous grants and music awards. Traditional music is her main passion - for many years, she has travelled across Central and Eastern Europe, recording songs and music."

-Maniucha Bikont Website (https://maniuchabikont.pl/en/home-eng/)
2/28/2024

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"Daniel Formo (b 1978): Musician and composer from Trondheim, Norway.

Formo has established himself as a stylistically innovative hammond organ player, improviser and sound artist, and works as a musician, composer and researcher within a broad range of music from improvised and written contemporary music, to jazz and popular genres, as well as electroacoustic music and electronic art.

Educated at the Music Conservatory at NTNU in Trondheim and Royal College of Music in Stockholm, with a Bachelor and Master studying Piano and Hammond organ at the Jazz Department and additional studies in composition, counterpoint, music technology and musicology, as well as a doctoral degree at NTNU through the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme with the project "Orchestra of Speech"."

-Daniel Formo Website (https://danielformo.com/about.html)
2/28/2024

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"Pianist Arne Forsén has the rare ability to move freely between stylistic genres. As a member of the jazz group Brus Trio he has recorded and toured with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, John Tchicai and Charles Tyler. He has also collaborated with European free improvisers such as Phil Minton, Paul Lovens and Roger Turner, as well as with contemporary classical ensembles and composers. For many years he had a duo with Gambian kora master Alagi M ́Bye. In early 2019 Arne released an album of Swedish folk music, Visa från Dorotea, to glowing reviews in the Swedish music press."

-AAM Press Sheet 2/28/2024

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"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
2/28/2024

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