“I want it to feel like the past, the present and the future, all at the same time” Erlend Apneseth. Hardanger-fiddler, composer and bandleader Erlend Apneseth follows up the acclaimed 2019 Hubro release, ‘Salika, Molika’ – a game-changing folk-meets-experimental-sound project where Apneseth’s regular trio was augmented by the addition of star accordionist Frode Haltli – with the richly collaborative ‘Fragmentarium’.
Here, a kind of experimental Nordic supergroup made up of Stein Urheim, Anja Lauvdal, Hans Hulbækmo, Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson and Ida Løvli Hidle, plus Apneseth himself, adapts a series of the leader’s original compositions into often wild and spontaneous-sounding arrangements where improvisation remains absolutely key to the overall group feel. Recorded, mixed, mastered and co-produced once again by Jørgen Træen, who conveys a wonderfully transparent sense of immediacy and clarity to the sound, ‘Fragmentarium’ is a suitably live-sounding document of a very ‘live’ music-making process.
“This project was originally commissioned for the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2019”, says Erlend Apneseth. “As I was free to choose what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to work with a new ensemble, as an experiment to make my music go in new… more
released January 31, 2020
Erlend Apneseth: Hardanger fiddle
Stein Urheim: guitar, fretless-bouzouki, electronics
Anja Lauvdal: piano, synth, electronics
Hans Hulbækmo: drums, percussion, jews harp, flute
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson: double bass
Ida Løvli Hidle: accordion
All music composed by Erlend Apneseth
All music arranged by the ensemble
Track 2 and 3 contains samples of archival recordings found at Folkemusikksenteret i Buskerud
Recorded by: Eirik Laa and Tor Magne Hallibakken at Ål Kulturhus
Mixed and mastered by Jørgen Træen at Lydgrotten
Produced by Erlend Apneseth, Andreas Risanger Meland and Jørgen Træen