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The Nature of Connections

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 19. Aug, 2014

Trumpeter/composer Arve Henriksen to release new album this week: ‘The Nature of Connections’ is out on Rune Grammofon on Fri 22nd.

Arve Henriksen´s new album ‘The Nature of Connections’ receives a 5/5 review in Independence on Sunday this week. Set for release this Friday, 22nd August, the anticipated new outing features fiddlers Nils Økland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson, bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Audun Kleive.

‘The Nature Of Connections’ almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together with violinists Nils Økland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, all of whom now appear as the central planks in “The Nature Of Connections”. Another welcome guest is drummer Audun Kleive, veteran of Norwegian jazz ensembles including Oslo 13, JøKleBa!, Generator X, Terje Rypdal and Jon Balke.

Independent praise

The Independent awarded ‘The Nature of Connections’ 5/5 stars in its review this week, stating: – The Norwegian trumpeter and soundscaper Arve Henriksen has been on such a roll since ‘Cartography’ six years ago that’s it’s difficult to imagine an even greater leap forward, but this is it. Recorded with a starry cast of Scan-jazz names – including Swedish cellist Svante Henryson, bassist Mats Eilertson and drummer Audun Kleive – TNOC is a classically influenced suite of strings-based music written by members of the ensemble and Stale Storlokken, Henriksen´s partner in the group Supersilent. The vibe is meditative, invoking the intimacy of chamber music through sensitive acoustic slurs and slides, intersected by the leader’s signature trumpet-sound of delicate, flute-like whispers. It swings, too, in a chill-out groove that´s entirely winning. Wow.
5/5. The Independent On Sunday (UK)

The allure of strings
Says Henriksen on his latest outing: – I have for many years had the plan to make an album with a string quartet. The traditional combination of string players was the original idea, but I never got fully convinced that was the right sound or combination I was looking for.

– Many years passed and the sound of this remained in silence, until I was invited by Nina Hurum at Rikskonsertene in Oslo to put together a constellation of musicians for a tour in Norway. This carte blanche invitation brought fire to the old string quartet idea, and after almost ten years of waiting it was quite easy for me to invite Gjermund, Nils, Svante and Mats. The nature of connections with these handfull of highly skilled and loving people goes way back to when I played with them in different constellations such as Jon Balke Magnetic North Orchestra, Trygve Seim Ensemble, Food and Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. The two weeks tour we did together became a memorable journey for all of us. Audun Kleive joined in on several concerts and even came with us in Rainbow Studio where Jan Erik Kongshaug did an excellent job as usual. I am very excited to present this album.’

‘The Nature of Connections’ out on Rune Grammofon on Fri Aug 22nd.

Punkt Festival live appearances:
Arve Henriksen will perform twice at this year’s Punkt. On Friday 5 September he’ll take part in Erik Honoré’s “Heliographs” release concert, and on Saturday the 6th, Laurie Anderson has chosen him as her musical companion – this being the first time the New York legend and the trumpeter/singer from Stryn, Norway meet on stage.