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Ketil Bjørnstad

A classically trained jazz pianist using a bent toward avant-garde improvised music, Ketil Bjørnstad is really a well-known musician and article writer in Europe. Along with his cerebral, atmospheric design that belies a palpable internal enthusiasm and an inclination toward genre-crossing compositions, Bjørnstad helped develop and popularize the “Western jazz” aesthetic. He’s also a article writer and poet and it has released over 30 functions you start with his 1972 poetry collection Only. Created in Oslo, Norway, Bjørnstad analyzed traditional piano in London and Paris prior to making his debut in 1969 at age group 16 using the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Béla Bartók’s third piano concerto. Encircled by the lively arts picture in Oslo through the ’70s, Bjørnstad became thinking about jazz and developing his personal design of music. Citing a range of affects from Bach and Ravel to Thelonious Monk and Kilometers Davis, Bjørnstad started employed in an improvised idiom. In 1973, he released his debut recording Åpning offering what would turn into a core band of longtime affiliates in drummer Jon Christensen, guitarist Terje Rypdal, and bassist Arild Andersen. The recording will be the first of many outings Bjørnstad would record for Phillips. Over time, Bjørnstad’s particular mixture of jazz, traditional, folk, and rock and roll music would become extremely influential within the advancement of what became referred to as “Western jazz.” Although he is becoming well-associated using the leading Western jazz label ECM, he didn’t record for the label until later on in his profession with 1993’s Drinking water Stories, 1994’s THE OCEAN, 1997’s The River, and 1998’s THE OCEAN II. In 2000, Bjørnstad released the duo recording Epigraphs with cellist David Darling on ECM. That same yr, he made up the millennium oratorio “Himmel Rand,” offering the texts from the poet Stein Mehren. In 2002, he released the cinematic soundscape recording Prior to the Light on Common. In 2004, Bjørnstad released the rock-oriented Seafarer’s Music offering his ensemble with vocalist Kristin Asbjornsen. Four years later on, he came back to ECM for the concert recording Reside in Leipzig with guitarist Rypdal. In 2008, Bjørnstad once more caused drummer Christensen in addition to tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg for the ECM launch Remembrance. In 2011, Bjørnstad shipped the duo recording Night Music with cellist Svante Henryson on ECM. The pianist, who’s also a released poet, novelist, and essayist, provides stated the fact that Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was one of is own greatest affects; compared to that end, he constructed some works designed to become “a soundtrack for an internal film.” Documenting with bassist Arild Andersen percussionist Marilyn Mazur, cellist Anja Lechner, Eivind Aarset on electric guitar and consumer electronics, and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Bjørnstad released the live collection La Notte in the past due springtime of 2013. 2014 demonstrated prolific for the composer and pianist. His initial release of the entire year, showing up in March, was a 2012 documenting entitled Sunrise: A Cantata on Text messages by Edward Munch, performed with the pianist, his quartet, vocal soloist Kari Bremnes, as well as the Oslo Chamber Choir beneath the path of conductor Egil Fossum. The musical function was established to surviving created texts with the well-known painter. In Oct of that calendar year, ECM also released the 2012 top functionality of Bjørnstad’s A Interest for John Donne, a function in line with the poet’s lifestyle, commissioned with the Oslo International Cathedral Celebration, and performed live with the pianist’s group the Oslo Chamber Choir beneath the path of Hakon Daniel Nystedt. Oddly enough, it highlighted the saxophonist Hakon Kornstad within a dual function, not merely playing his horn but as a vocal soloist.

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