The members of Moskus form a restless trio, and their form of expression is both immediately recognisable and constantly galloping freely in new and unexpected directions. As a result of the trio’s restlessness all of their recording sessions have taken place in different cities and venues – and for pianist Anja Lauvdal on widely different instruments. “Salmesykkel” was recorded at the legendary Atlantis Studio in Stockholm on a Steinway grand piano, while for the follow-up album, “Mestertyven”, an ordinary upright piano was played in Risør Church. After a successful concert at Haugesund Billedgalleri the trio decided to recorded their third album there. The gallery, which was designed by the anthroposophically oriented architect David Sandved, boasts several rooms with outstanding and inspiring acoustics in addition to an older Steinway.
The trio have expanded both their soundscape and their collection of instruments on this album. This is a recording full of stark contrasts, from unassuming acoustic chamber music to small, surprising and simple electronic pieces. They have also invited the musical trailblazer Nils Økland to join them, and he plays Hardanger fiddle on two exceptionally inspired tracks.
Shortly before this album was recorded the trio played a club tour in Japan, where they enjoyed a valuable opportunity to exercise their improvisational muscles and try out new musical ideas for an attentive audience. This is easy to hear. The trio have never displayed such a smooth interplay or worked more boldly, spontaneously and intuitively than they do here. “Ulv Ulv” is without a doubt the most original and kaleidoscopic album the trio have released so far. “Ulv Ulv” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Audun Strype, who also collaborated with the trio on their previous album.
Anja Lauvdal: grand piano, harmonium and synthesizer
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson: double bass
Hans Hulbækmo: drums, jews harp, percussion, saw and
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle (4 and 9)
All music by Moskus except “Den store skjønnheten” and
“Borre borre gulleple, slå vekk” by Moskus and Nils Økland.
Produced by Andreas Risanger Meland and Moskus
Recorded by Audun Strype at Haugesund Billedgalleri,
Haugesund January 2–4, 2015.
Mixed and mastered by Audun Strype at Strype Audio,
Thanks to: Audun Strype, Andreas Risanger Meland, Nils Økland,
Haugesund Billedgalleri and Grethe Lunde Øvrebø, Siri,
Christian and Heida, Mor og Far, Mamma og Pappa.