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Artist: BERGLJOT
Title: Solen avloser regnet som avloser solen
Format: LP
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $23.00
"The sound of Bergljot is in constant flux. Bergljot began as an acoustic jazz trio in 2008, quickly moving through free-jazz to acoustic improvised music and is now in the middle of a heavy electric period with synthesizers, electronics and electric bass. What hasnt changed is a strict and minimalistic approach of slow development with special focus on richness of sound and energetic, clear execution. Bergljot has performed widely in Europe, at festivals such as Jazz Fest Brno, Natt Jazz Bergen, Koktebel Jazz Festival and Jazzinec Trutnov, as well as venues in France, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Norway and Czech Republic. Vojtech Prochazka (piano, synths and electronics), Adrian Myhr (double bass), Tore Sandbakken (drums and percussion)." - Sofa.

Artist: DUCH, MICHAEL FRANCIS
Title: Tomba Emmanuelle
Format: LP
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $23.00
“Tomba Emmanuelle is Michael F. Duchs second solo album for the double bass. It was recorded in May 2013 at the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo. The piece was commissioned by Ny Musikk Bergen in 2012. Whereas Duchs solo debut Edges (3DB 010CD) focuses on the music of Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and others, Tomba Emmanuelle explores different registers, timbres and acoustic effects of the instrument in relation to the room it is being performed in. The Vigeland Mausoleum is probably one of Northern Europes most unique concert venues, and highlights the acoustic phenomena that the piece is based on. Michael Francis Duch (b. 1978) is one of the foremost double bass-players on the Norwegian contemporary music scene. Since 2012 he has been associate professor at the Institute of Music, NTNU, Trondheim. He has established himself as a solid interpreter of Cornelius Cardews music, documented through releases with the trio Tilbury/Davies/Duch. The album Cornelius Cardew: Works 1960-70 was included on The Wires list of best releases in 2010.” - Sofa.

Artist: MICROTUB
Title: Star System
Format: LP
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $23.00
“Consisting of three fully microtonal tubas, Microtub explores group tuba music from the perspective of microtonality. Color-coded sculptural scores are used to define areas of harmonic space in just intonation, presenting geometric structures to be explored by the players over time. The 3-dimensional graphic scores used on the album Star System are subsets of the Hayward Tuning Vine, which arose out of a desire to visualize the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. Each of the balls represent pitches, and the struts between them musical intervals. In "Star System" (side A), the musicians orbit once around the star-like structure, revealing the harmonic space implicit within it. In "Square Dance" (side B), the various squares and rectangles within the score are gradually explored by the musicians, analogous to a slow dance through harmonic space. Star System was recorded at Sjobygda Art House in Selbu, Norway in April 2013. Mixed by Espen Reinertsen and mastered by Helge Sten. Microtub: Robin Hayward (microtonal F-tuba); Kristoffer Lo (microtonal C-tuba); Martin Taxt (microtonal C-tuba).” - Sofa.

Artist: MURAL
Title: Tempo
Format: Triple CD
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $21.00
“Tempo is a three-CD set recorded live during a four-hour performance byMural at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, in 2013. Following the groups 2011 album Live at the Rothko Chapel, this release shows the group expanding into a much longer form. Mural consists of Australian windplayer Jim Denley and Norwegians Kim Myhr (guitar) and Ingar Zach (percussion). They first performed in 2007 in Madrid, and have performed live around the world since. The trio has released two critically acclaimed albums. After two successful concerts at the Rothko Chapel and a CD on the Chapels own Rothko Chapel Productions, the trio visited the Chapel for the third time in April 2013. Wishing to challenge traditional concert formats, they decided to play a four-hour long performance in the Chapel. The result was so satisfying to them that they decided to release the music as a three-CD set. This is an expansive and patient form of music, far beyond any traditional entertainment formats. In an abyss of time, Murals music is not only elevated to another level; one could say that in these long durations, it finally comes into its own. Rothkos paintings in the Rothko Chapel can be seen on the front cover of the release. Jim Denley: wind instruments; Kim Myhr: 12-string guitar, zither; Ingar Zach: gran cassa, percussion.” - Sofa.

Artist: MYHR, KIM
Title: All Your Limbs Singing
Format: LP & CD
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $23.00
“Sofa is very proud to release Kim Myhrs first solo record. It has taken two years and many performances around the world for Myhr to find and develop the material for All Your Limbs Singing, which can be described as an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar. The music can remind the listener of the early music of Ligeti or Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to American folk music. The warmth and the intimacy of a stripped, naked acoustic guitar is audible in the symphonic largeness. At the same time ethereal and corporeal, the music dances its way through the immense spaces that it creates. Kim Myhr has been a strong force on the experimental music scene in Norway the last few years, both as a composer and as a guitarist. All Your Limbs Singing is his long-awaited first solo release. Includes a CD version of the album.” - Sofa.

Artist: ROWE, KEITH & KEITH TILBURY
Title: Enough Still Not to Know
Format: 4 CD Box
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $31.00
“Enough Still Not to Know is a four-CD set with music by John Tilbury and Keith Rowe, produced by visual artist Kjell Bjørgeengen for a video installation. The music is improvised, but it is quite evident that the two artists have developed a strong understanding throughout their five-decade-long collaboration. Keith Rowe and John Tilbury are especially known from their work in the Scratch Orchestra and AMM with Cornelius Cardew. Tilbury is also known as one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldmans piano music. In recent years, both musicians have been working with texts by Samuel Beckett; Tilbury has made music and text-based performances of a number of Becketts latest works (including Worstward Ho (1983), Stirrings Still (1989), and What Is the Word (1989)), while Rowes work draws inspiration from Beckett, where his music is totally stripped down so that only the core remains. This influence, as well as Bjørgeengens instruction to make a kind of music that musically and conceptually works with dissolution and unification, combined with long sections of silence, has produced surprising results. This unique musical manifesto from these two legendary figures in experimental music includes a booklet with liner notes written by Tilbury, Rowe, and Bjørgeengen. Keith Rowe: guitar, electronics; John Tilbury: piano.” - Sofa.
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Artist: STREIFENJUNKO
Title: Sval Torv
Format: Double LP
Label: Sofa
Country: Norway
Price: $28.00
"Streifenjunkos Sval Torv continues a thread that has run through the best music of the last 50 years -- but this time, as envisioned through the sensuality of the trumpet-sax environment. The breathtaking precision Espen and Eivind bring to their microscopic scan of shifting breath/harmonies creates an engaging surface. But underlying the oscillating, clouding tones, pulsing vibratos and calibrated poppings, there are appropriate systems and structures -- this is carefully-crafted music on many levels, and as the discs unfold, one perceives that a theme is examined from different perspectives. Streifenjunko reveal themselves in a most intimate and touching way -- we hear exceptional respect between two men and we hear rich time spent developing together. Their only notation is recording. They dont talk much about the structures and systems and insist that playing and listening back is their compositional tool. Created is a sax-trumpet traversing materiality -- a trumpet-sax never split, one part never isolated from the other -- no counter to their points -- a symbiotic relationship, more than the sum of the bodies. (And unlike much 21st century music, flesh is not denied -- there are no cyborgs here.) We experience the intertwining as a new body -- a new body, and consequently a new mind. Much of the morphology of the music is then generated by shared consciousness. Their sounds are not tacked onto a predetermined framework -- form emerges from process. Perhaps Sval Torv is a throwback -- an anachronistic luddite antidote to the rampant I-ism of our age. Or, more positively, its a harbinger of future endeavors -- that Streifenjunkos utopia is the latest mutation in the remarkable evolution of collectively authored music, a model which is cogent for making the new dialects of todays and tomorrows musics, (and not just musics). Mastered by Helge "Deathprod" Sten. Liner notes written by Jim Denley. Pressed on deluxe 140 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve." - Sofa.

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