Thomas Strønen, Ayumi Tanaka & Marthe Lea: Bayou
Fresh and open music, delicate and space-conscious, emerges as percussionist Thomas Strønen and Ayumi Tanaka, previously featured in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide on the album Lucus, reappear in a new trio with clarinettist / vocalist / percussionist Marthe Lea. The group first came together at the Royal Academy of Music in Oslo, where the three met every week for two years to make experimental music Strønen: "We always played freely - drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz, whatever we were inspired by. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalist: playing together produced some special experiences." The spontaneous spirit of the music is reflected in the trio's debut recording, recorded in the 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 is collectively of the moment.