Thomas Strønen, Ayumi Tanaka & Marthe Lea: Bayou

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Label: ECM
Catalog: B003364602
Format: CD


Fresh and open music, delicate and space-conscious. Drummer Thomas Strønen and Ayumi Tanaka, previously featured in the band Time Is A Blind Guide on Lucus, return in a new trio with clarinettist / vocalist / percussionist Marthe Lea. The group formed at the Royal Academy of Music in Oslo, where the musicians met weekly for two years and made experimental music. As Strønen puts it: "We always played in a free way - drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz and whatever inspired us at the time. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalist: the interplay produced some special experiences." The spontaneous spirit of the music is reflected in the trio's debut recording, recorded in a radio studio in Lugano and produced by Manfred Eicher. With the exception of the title track, which is based on a traditional Norwegian melody, the music on Bayou was created collectively, under the influence of the moment. Reviews "Bayoy is one of those records that doesn't let you go so quickly and resonates in your memory long after you've heard it." (stereoplay, June 2021)

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