AMN Reviews: Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – Melting into Foreground [Sofa SOFA550]

sofa550Some instruments or classes of instruments are particularly known for their capacity to create acoustic musique concrète. Think of the low strings—especially the double bass—and their rich overtone structures, stolid materiality and deep resonance, all of which have allowed adventurous performers to explore an expansive and sometimes quite otherworldly palette of sound. Less associated with this type of sound exploration perhaps are the brass instruments. To the extent that this perception holds, Norwegian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø is out to challenge it.

Trained in jazz and improvisation at the Gothenburg and Oslo music academies, Nørstebø seems to take a holistic approach to his instrument, one that encompasses its full range of dynamics as well as the different voices available to it. As an instrumental personality, the trombone can be brassy and broad; Nørstebø doesn’t evade this side of it, but he does also manage to elicit a quieter, more abstract side: he reveals the trombone’s secret life as an introvert.

Both sides of the instrument are explored on the first of the album’s two tracks, Sources of Internal Heat, for solo acoustic trombone. Introducing the piece with several long C# notes separated by silences, Nørstebø proceeds to build timbres marked by a low-buzzing, rough flutter, contrasts of register, beats and multiphonics, and dynamic variations. Abstract sounds bordering on the quasi-electronic have a place as well, but so do legato melodic fragments and voice-like microtonal drifts and glissandi.

The second track, Melting into Foreground, brings in the prerecorded sound of Nørstebø on half-clarinet, which is multiplied and overlaid into irregular relationships with itself. Like the first track, this one trades in sonic ambiguities. Sounds of rumbling and static, or apparent birdsong and feedback can sometimes be traced to their sources in the acoustic trombone or in the manipulated recording—and sometimes not. The effect is acousmatic but unmistakably rooted in the recognizably musical.

On both pieces, Nørstebø keeps his compositional structures clear through a balanced use of filled and empty space. The silences he allows between passages of sound tend to act as boundaries separating sections into disjunctive events defined by dramatic changes in timbre as well as in organization and dynamics. And despite his deliberate distorting and dismantling of the trombone’s conventional voice, he allows a fundamental warmth to pervade both performances.

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Daniel Barbiero

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King Crimson European Tour for September 2016


Source: Prog Sphere, a very early tour announcement.

King Crimson will be touring Europe next year. The band return to Aylesbury once again but from there will play countries not included in the 2015 itinerary. It will be the first time King Crimson have performed in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark and Norway since 2003.

Sunday 4th Sept Aylesbury Waterside Theatre UK

Monday 5th Sept Aylesbury Waterside Theatre UK

Thursday 8th Sept Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany

Sunday 11th Sep Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany

Wednesday 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic

Saturday 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland

Sunday 18th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland

Tuesday 20th Sept, Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Wednesday 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Friday 23rd Sept Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark

Monday 26th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Tuesday 27th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Joel Harrison and Infinite Possibility: Premiering 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra
This music is a follow up to Joel Harrison’s first large jazz ensemble recording from 2013, Infinite Possibility. Each of the six pieces explores the intersection of dance grooves with unusual orchestration, improv, and surprising compositional twists and turns. It aims to cajole, inspire, provoke, entertain, and enlighten….

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Tristan Perich: Three Improvisations Tristan Perich will perform three improvisations using piano and 1-bit electronics.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
beyond: a video and sound performance by Ursula Scherrer with MV Carbon and Shelley Hirsch
Video artist Ursula Scherrer together with Shelley Hirsch (voice) and MV Carbon (cello and synthesizer) will stretch, pull, distort and expand the boundaries of image, sound and space to reach to that which is beyond….

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Special Twindrums Project with Yoshimio and Ikue Mori
Yoshimio and Ikue Mori met in the 80’s in Osaka, and have been involved together with different projects throughout the decades. Twindrum is project that started in Brooklyn in 2013, and performed in Japan in 2014….

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Interpretations presents AACM50: Wadada Leo Smith // Douglas Ewart & Quasar
New works from two renowned composers from the AACM: Wadada Leo Smith presents “Voice, Strings, & Vibraphone Looking For the Most Refined Beauty” and “Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience 1849, Six Ideas”, featuring A Secret Quartet (Corneilus Dufallo, Jennifer Choi, Lev Zhurbin, Yves Dharamraj), Bobby Naughton, Thomas Buckner, and others. Douglas Ewart presents new music for a new ensemble….

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Bérangère Maximin presents Siklon Sound objects, microphonics, digital chimeras. Bérangère Maximin’s music engages the listener in considerations of space and textures. Since her debut album, Tant Que Les Heures Passent on Tzadik (2008), she has gradually developed a hyper-personal style, creating sensual, hypnotic, sultry pieces with immediate impact. The electroacoustic composer’s repertoire is marked by encounters that have inspired her writing in various degrees….

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Two Nights December 14th- 15th Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble
Roulette presents two nights of Henry Threadgill’s Double-Up ensemble as he personally honors the 50th Anniversary of the AACM.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Two Nights December 14th- 15th Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble
Roulette presents two nights of Henry Threadgill’s Double-Up ensemble as he personally honors the 50th Anniversary of the AACM.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[RESIDENCY] Fire Breathing: David Byrd-Marrow, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, Anthony Orji
Peter Evans has convened a new quartet of wind players for a premiere performance of collaborative music. Steve Lehman (saxophones), David Byrd-Marrow (french horn) and Anthony Orji (bass clarinet) will work with Evans, composing new structures for improvisation and sonic exploration. The all-wind instrument format is a rare one; the group will seek to both explore and break the limits imposed by breath sustained instruments, with each member of the group contributing his own unique voice and timbral approach to create a hybrid and ultra dynamic music….

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015 @ 5:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Phill Niblock: Winter Solstice
As the longest night of the year unfolds, and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, join us for Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert: six sublime hours music (acoustic and electronic) and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at is maximal best….