Before the Storm //

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Rainbow Studio
Recording date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015
A big thanks to Adrian, Ayumi and Andreas for your efforts so far. Thanks to Jan Erik for letting us practice one day in his studio free of charge. Thanks to Rinzai Zen-center Oslo for being a continous and surprising source of inspiration, and for letting me rent your place. Almost all the music was written there. The pieces are dedicated to (in order of appereance on the recording): Christopher Koshin Cain, Emilie Kongshavn, Alan Wilson Watts and the fictional character "Z" in the One Piece movie "Z". Thanks to you too! And lastly a luscious thank you to Avin for your love, patience and understanding.
Artwork design: 
Christian Meaas Svendsen
Artwork design: 
Ayumi Tanaka
Mastering engineer: 
Peer Espen Ursjord
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Peer Espen Ursjord
Christian Meaas Svendsen
Recording engineer: 
Jan Erik Kongshaug
Recording engineer: 
Peer Espen Ursjord
  • 1. Gyōdō (17:35)
  • 2. Empty Day (08:09)
  • 3. Yūgen (03:42)
  • 4. End Point (08:46)

Adrian Løseth Waade - violin
Ayumi Tanaka - piano
Andreas Wildhagen - drums
Christian Meaas Svendsen - bass, composition

«Before the Storm» features four original compositions by Nakama’s leader Christian Meaas Svendsen. The album is the group’s first recording, and can be summed up as an investigation of sound related to silence through a minimalistic approach to both written and improvised material. The pieces are four attempts to define the nature of what we normally define as silence, and presents at the same time a musical idiom of a band that operates on the outside of conventional borders.