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The excellent Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen has brought his shakuhachi-influenced playing to a number of musical settings. His breathy, buzzy tone — inspired by the Japanese flute — has an ethereal quality, and on Cartography he works with a number of sensitive collaborators to create a work of mystery and nuance. The album shares similarities with the ambient music of American trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell, thanks in part to the presence of programmer Jan Bang and synth player Erik Honoré. (Bang also appeared on Hassell’s Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street.) British experimental pop artist David Sylvian contributes texts and spoken word performances to “Before and Afterlife” and “Thermal.” The spare and spacious “Famine’s Ghost” finds vocalist Ana Maria Friman intoning parts of “Anima Mea,” a text by William Brooks. A sample of the female vocal outfit Trio Mediaeval is put to effective use on “Recording Angel,” which also features the singing of Vérène Andronikof. The elegiac “Sorrow and Its Opposite” touchingly closes the album.

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Jon Hassell influenced

If you like Jon Hassell then you might like this. Its much cleaner, no eastern beats, and NOT microntonal in approach but very mysterious, moody, etherial. I find this a breath of fresh air to the poseurs and heavy beats.

incredible soundscapes

wow! this was quite unexpected for an ECM release in that it is much more produced than I am used to (and love, btw), but this CD is really worth downloading (wish ECM would provide line-up). Not usually a fan of synthetic beats but this is really, really special. Well, considering the source, Arve Henrikson, it's no surprise that it turns out to be a gem. The Unremarkable Child and Sorrow and Its Opposite are particulalry hauting. Get it!


Born: March 22, 1968 in Stranda, Norway

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Arve Henriksen is a classically trained musician whose ethereal, Japanese-influenced trumpet playing has placed him in a league of his own. He was born in Stranda, Norway, and educated at the Trondheim Conservatory. It was during his time at the conservatory that a friend gave him a tape recording of the shakuhachi flute. Henriksen was hooked. "I let the music 'ring' and develop in my head," he said. "I was astonished by the sound of this flute." His interest in minimalist Japanese music had a profound...
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Cartography, Arve Henriksen
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Classical, Avant-Garde
  • Released: Nov 07, 2008

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