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Jan Bang - Narrative from the Subtropics
Musikere på utgivelsen
Nils Chr. Moe-Repstad
Nils Petter Molvær
Recorded over a period of three years, this set of thirteen miniatures includes a stellar roster of musicians. The delicate trumpet of Nils Petter Molvær and synthesizer programming of Erik Honoré on “funeral Voyage”, the naked trumpet and vocals on “Sinking Ship” courtesy of Arve Henriksen, and contributions from the two equally distinctive guitarists Eivind Aarset and Stian Westerhus which also appear on the album. The genuinely unique singer Sidsel Endresen appears on the Undark/Russell Mills collaboration “Tide” where Erik Honoré contributes with a field recording along with the sparse double bass of Swede, Lars Danielsson.
The Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan contacted Bang to record for his new solo album and, in return, Hamasyan was invited back by Bang to contribute on “Singers Childhood,” a traditional Estonian rune song that Bang first heard on a recording by Estonian classical composer Veljo Tormis. This led to an ongoing relationship with musicians in Tallinn, including guitarist and member of Weekend Guitar Trio, Robert Jürjendal who also introduced Bang to the traditional singer and kannel player, Tuule Kann. Both are present, together with Hamasyan, on “Singers Childhood”, which was recorded in both Tallinn and Paris, with editing and final mixing performed at Bang´s Punkt studio in Kristiansand, where Bang lives with his family.
The Norwegian photographer, Freddy Larsen, took the «Gherkin» album cover photo, while the design is by the eminent Nina Birkeland