What is the music of the Nordic light? Let yourself be transported to a new world of sound as the chamber choir Schola Cantorum and conductor Tone Bianca Dahl, with guest musicians Are Sandbakken and Nordic Voices, grant you an AUDIENCE. Hear one of Norway's leading choirs in premier recordings and modern classics.
Piggybacking on 1992’s Invisible Storm, ECM maverick Edward Vesala returned with his organic collective, Sound & Fury, as our guide for Nordic Gallery. Vesala draws a thinner circle around his ensemble this time around, weaving inside it a dreamcatcher for communal freedom, as exemplified in the 11-minute “Bird In The High Room,” a menagerie of cymbals, muted horns, drums, and birdsong.
The title "Rikedom och gåvor" means Wealth and Gifts. It is a bitter love song: Rikedom och gåvor kan jag inte ge dig, därför föraktar du mig … I cannot offer you wealth or gifts, that's why you despise me. The song is from the vast collections of fiddler John Enninger (died 1908) of Höör in Skåne in the South of Sweden. It is said that his playing found its most irresistible shape after some schnapps and boiled eel. Swedish roots band Svanevit discovered Enninger when searching for new tunes and recipes. What once was a duo plus support, has been grown into a full band and a tight outfit indeed.
'Snow' is the title Stephan Micus has given to his 18th album for ECM. It is the outcome of continuous work he has carried out on journeys and in the studio since the release of his 'On the Wing' in early spring 2006. 'To me, snow is one of the most beautiful of all natural phenomena', explains Micus, who has been living in Spain for many years. 'It’s closely associated with lasting impressions of my original home in Bavaria, especially the long moonlit walks I used to take when I lived in the Alpine foothills. I've always regarded snow as the essence of magic, even more so today now that there's so little of it and the glaciers are disappearing.' Micus's music has always drawn on impressions of nature and the countryside.
Nordic Noir: The Documentary – The Rise of Scandi-Drama examines the popular fascination of Nordic crime fiction, TV drama and feature films.
Lunedì 4 aprile, il concerto di Rita Marcotulli "A Pino", un omaggio a Pino Daniele, con il quale ha collaborato a lungo, da parte della pianista Rita Marcotulli. Con lei sul palco alcuni dei più prestigiosi musicisti del panorama musicale nazionale ed internazionale: Tore Brunborg, sax, Luca Aquino, tromba, Nguyên Lê, chitarra, Matthew Garrison, basso, Alessandro Paternesi, batteria, Michele Rabbia, percussioni, e Maria Pia De Vito, voce. Un omaggio alla musica di Pino Daniele, soprattutto alla sua musica, il concerto sarà quasi esclusivamente strumentale, Maria Pia De Vito improvviserà con la sua straordinaria voce su alcuni brani.
NORDIC UNION is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish Hard Rock institution PRETTY MAIDS and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of ECLIPSE and W.E.T. fame. Curious what that might sound like?