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Label: ECM

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • 1St. Birgitta Hymn - Rosa rorans bonitatem04:23
  • 2O Jesu dulcissime05:05
  • 3Om ödet skulle skicka mig01:19
  • 4Morgunstjarna03:07
  • 5Rís upp, drottni dýrð01:06
  • 6St. Magnus Hymn - Nobilis humilis04:24
  • 7Láta gjalla létt og hátt02:38
  • 8Brureslått03:15
  • 9St. Sunniva Hymn - Eterna Christi munera03:56
  • 10Krummi02:25
  • 11Anda þinn guð mér gef þú vist03:29
  • 12Sulla lulla02:16
  • 13Du är den första04:06
  • 14Alma Redemptoris Mater02:40
  • 15Bíum bíum bambaló02:23
  • 16Jag haver ingen kärare02:11
  • 17Gammelkjerringvalsen02:10
  • Total Runtime50:53

Info for Rímur

In den letzten Jahren verbrachten das Trio Mediaeval und der Trompeter Arve Henriksen viele gemeinsame Sommertage am herrlichen Dalsfjorden an der norwegischen Westküste. Dort war es auch, wo ein Großteil der Musik für die vorliegende Aufnahme entstand. Fasziniert und inspiriert von isländischen Sagen, Gesängen, Folksongs, sakralen Hymnen und Geigenmelodien, arrangierte das Quartett einen ungewöhnlichen Reigen aus Liedern, in denen Improvisation, mittelalterliche und traditionelle Musik aus Island, Norwegen und Schweden auf die Gegenwart treffen.

Henriksen ist schon oft live mit dem Trio aufgetreten – zudem sind die Sängerinnen und der Trompeter auf Sinikka Langelands Album The Magical Forest zu hören – doch Rímur ist ihre erstes gemeinsames Album.

Trio Mediaeval:
Anna Maria Friman, voice, hardangar fiddle
Linn Andrea Fuglseth, voice, shruti box
Berit Opheim, voice
Arve Henriksen, trumpet

Aufgenommen im Februar 2016 in der Münchner Himmelfahrtskirche
Produziert von Manfred Eicher

Trio Mediaeval
The vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval was founded by Linn Andrea Fuglseth in Oslo in 1997. For sixteen years, the three original members Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Torunn Østrem Ossum constituted the trio. In December 2013, Torunn left the group. Linn Andrea and Anna Maria are now joined by Berit Opheim, who has been singing with the ensemble regularly since 2010.

The trio's core repertoire features sacred monophonic and polyphonic medieval music from England, Italy and France, contemporary works written for the ensemble, as well as traditional Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic ballads and songs, mostly arranged by the group members. During the last eight years, the trio has developed exciting collaborations with both individual musicians as well as larger ensembles/orchestras.

Trio Mediæval's first CD on ECM Records, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard's Top 10 Bestseller list and was made the Stereophile "Recording of the Month" in April 2002. Further releases on ECM followed in 2004 withSoir, dit-elle and in 2005 with Stella Maris. The first three recordings, produced by John Potter, consisted of medieval and contemporary works. In 2006, the trio started a long-term collaboration with the Norwegian percussionist Birger Mistereggen, and the long awaited recording of Norwegian ballads and songs, Folk Songs, was produced by Manfred Eicher and released in the Autumn of 2007. Folk Songs was nominated for the Norwegian Spellemannprisen and for a US Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance" the following year. A Worcester Ladymass (2011), like the previous releases, hit the Billboard's Top 10 list, and was selected by the German Record Critic's Award as one of the best new releases in the "Early Music" category. The trio´s new recording (released in November 2014) "Aquilonis" was included in The New York Times "Classical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014”.

Trio Mediæval has performed throughout Europe in a variety of venues: churches, cathedrals, monasteries, farms, clubs, industrial spaces, museums as well as prestigious halls such as Oslo Concert Hall, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The group made its US debut in 2003. Since that first appearance, the trio has embarked on multiple North American tours, performing in 31 states, in cities across the continent. Highlights include concerts in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Kennedy Center, engagements at San Francisco Performances and Spivey Hall, and broadcasts on American Public Media's Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today. In Asia, the trio has performed in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

The trio has collaborated with a multitude of contemporary composers, including Anna Clyne, Gavin Bryars, William Brooks, Ivan Moody, Sungji Hong, Oleh Harkavyy, Bjørn Kruse, Trygve Seim and Andrew Smith. As a result of a cooperation in 2005 with the New York based composer trio Bang on a Can consisting of Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang, and the musikFabrik Cologne, the trio premiered Shelter, the group's biggest multi-media contemporary music project to date. Shelter premiered in Cologne, Germany, and it was fully staged the same year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Julia Wolfe was so fascinated by the trio's voices that she wrote a piece for them entitled Steel Hammer. Together with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the trio premiered Steel Hammer in New York's Carnegie Hall in November 2009, and recorded it in 2011. In May 2013, the Steel Hammer was performed in Europe in Bruges, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, and at the Barbican Centre/LSO in London. The Bang on a Can collaboration also resulted in the full orchestral piece Reason to believe by David Lang, that the Trio Mediæval and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra premiered in Oslo in October 2011.

The season of 06/07 was a seminal period for the trio, with the inception of a number of new collaborative projects with Norwegian jazz/improvisation musicians, and the inspiration and creativity that these musicians brought to the music and to the group marked a significant artistic shift for the singers. These included projects with Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli, and the Tord Gustavsen Trio where Gustavsen composed "musical miniatures" with lyrics by the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273); the trio also began an ongoing collaboration with Arve Henriksen, often incorporating guest artists such as Ståle Storløkken, Jan Bang and Terje Isungset. This unique constellation has given concerts and radio broadcasts at the Bergen Festival (where the Trio were Artists in Residence in 2007), the Molde Jazz Festival (where Arve Henriksen was Artist in Residence in 2009), Wigmore Hall (2011) and the West Cork Music Festival as well as performances in Norway, Holland, Italy and Germany. In May 2012, the quartet toured the UK with seven concerts. In 2013, the trio performed new projects and programmes with artists such as the video designer Lillevan, Sinikka Langeland Ensemble, the Kristiansund Sinfonietta and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the Autumn of 2014 the trio had two new collaboration projects. Anna Maria, Linn Andrea and Berit performed and recorded the pieces Just by David Lang and En la mar hai una torre by Betty Olivero with the Saltarello Trio in Drogheda in Ireland, and they also recorded John Adams´ Grand Pianola Music with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo.

Arve Henriksen
Born in 1968, Arve Henriksen studied at the Trondheim Conservatory from 1987-1991, and has worked as a freelance musician since 1989.

He has worked with many musicians, including Jon Balke Magnetic North Orchestra/Batagraf, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Marilyn Mazur, Nils Petter Molvær, Misha Alperin, Arkady Shilkloper, Arild Andersen, Stian Carstensen, Dhafer Youssef, Sidsel Endresen, Pekka Kuusisto, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Nils Økland, Karl Seglem, Per Oddvar Johansen, Iain Ballamy, Thomas Strønen, Gjermund Larsen, Svante Henryson, Mats Eilertsen, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Hope Sanduval, Laurie Anderson, John Paul Jones, Erik Honoré, Toshimaru Nakamura, Trygve Seim Ensemble, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Tord Gustavsen, Giovanni Di Domenico, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Gavin Bryars, John Potter, Johanna McGregor, Imogen Heap, Guy Sigsworth, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bill Frisell, Terje Rypdal, Maria Schneider, Kate Havnevik, Live Marie Roggen, Silje Nergaard, Odd Nordstoga, Kari Bremnes, Sondre Bratland, Jannis Anastasakis, Lars Danielsson, The Source, Vox Clamantis and many more.

He has played in many different contexts, bands and projects, ranging from working with koto player Satsuki Odamura to the rock band Motorpsycho via numerous free improvising groups with Ernst Reisiger, Sten Sandell, Peter Friis-Nilsen, Lotte Anker, Hasse Poulsen, Terje Isungset, Benoit Delbecq, Steve Arguelles, Lars Juul and Marc Ducret.

He has collaborated with the composers Peter Tornquist, Helge Sunde, Terje Bjørklund and Tõnu Kõrvits in cooperation with orchestras and chamber settings like Cikada String Quartet, Nidaros String Quartet, Zapp 4, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Trondheim Soloists.

He has worked together with video and visual artists like Anastasia Isachsen, Tord Knudsen and Lillevan.

Today he is connected to and in collaboration with:
Supersilent (Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken)
Trio Mediaeval´s Rimur (Linn Andrea Fuglseth , Berit Opheim and Anna Maria Friman)
Sinikka Langeland´s Starflowers and Magical Forest (Anders Jormin, Trygve Seim and Markku Onaskari)
Saumur (Hilmar Jensson and Skuli Sverrisson)
Warped Dreamer (Teun Verbrüggen, Jozef Dumoulin and Stian Westerhus)
Atmosphéres (Jan Bang, Eivind Aarseth and Tigran Hamasyan)
"Sommeren der ute" (Ellen Bødtker, Jan Erik Vold and Eirik Raude)
Fennesz-Henriksen (Christian Fennesz)
And various percussive settings including Audun Kleive, Helge Norbakken and Ingar Zach.

Henriksen has composed and commissioned music for festivals, films and documentary programs. He has a long discography counting over 140 records in total. Received together with Supersilent The Alarm Award 2004. He has been the artist in residence at Moers Jazzfestival 2006, OIOI-festival in Bergen 2008 and at Molde Jazz Festival 2009. From 2004-2006 he was a part of the European Jazz Launch project. He has received Norsk Jazzforums Buddy Award 2005. Radka Toneffs Memorial Award 2007, Paul Acket Award at North Sea Jazz Festival 2011 and DNB and Kongsberg Jazzfestival´s Musician Award 2011. He has been nominated to Nordisk Råds musikkpris 2009 and also nominated to European Jazz musician of the year 2009. In 2016 he became Doctor Honoris Causa at The University of Gothenburg.

Booklet for Rímur

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