Listen...and Tell Me What It Was //

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Recording location: 
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Recording date: 
Monday, March 26, 2001
Supported by Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Norsk Kulturråd and Kongsberg Jazzfestival. Thanks to Ny Musikk and Både Og
Mastering technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
Mixing technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
Recording technician: 
Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • 1. Mir 1.4 (06:20)
  • 2. Drop The Boy (10:31)
  • 3. Moscowskaja (06:25)
  • 4. If Mountains Could Sing (15:48)
  • 5. The Night, The Death And The Universe (05:59)
  • 6. A Country Practice (12:34)
  • 7. Spaghetti Fingers (01:44)
  • 8. Mr. Thompson (11:17)

in order of apperance
Maja Ratkje - voice, electronics
Ingebrigt Flaten - double bass (left)
Ingar Zach - drums/percussion (left)
Pat Thomas - piano, electronics
Frode Haltli - accordion
Tonny Kluften - double bass (right)
Ivar Grydeland - guitar (left)
Axel Dörner - trumpet, electronics
Rolf Erik Nystrøm - reeds (left)
Håkon Kornstad - reeds (right)
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums/percussion (right)
Øyvind Torvund - guitar (left)

This presentation includes ten of the most active norwegian improvisers, the german trumpet player Axel Dörner and the english keyboard player Pat Thomas. The music is a mixture of acoustic and electronic sound, improvised live in studio.

The recording consists of eight spontaneously and instantaneously composed pieces of music and except for one piece there are no sketches. This leaves the musicians the thrilling task of creating music as a part of the ensemble and as individual players with a solistic approach -- all the time focusing on the musical development and to push the music further into new directions.