ONCE UPON A SUMMER

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InAugust 2013, I travelled with Jan Erik Vold on the Japanese railway Schinkansen, reading haiku poems together. We were on a concert tour in the country, and looking out the window at the marvelous Japanese landscape passing by. I discovered a kinship between Jan Erik ́s haiku poems and the harp ́s Asian soundscape. It was during this journey the idea of this project was created.

“Once upon a summer” is a musical and poetic journey through several continents with poetry as the leading track.

Lyrics by Jan Erik Vold ́s diverse universe enliven the ocean, summer, sea and people, and we are meeting the hermit Zuikan that is calling upon himself. I realized that by a glance at the Japanese villages seen passing by, they have much in common with the Norwegian scenery. The rare crew of harp, trumpet, percussion and voice crept forth among the poems.

Musically, I have been inspired by a huge range of timbres, both Oriental and Norwegian as well as Jan Erik ́s poetry. In light of all this wonderful material I have tried to find my own voice. Arve Henriksen ́s unique trumpet sound portrays nature in itself, and Eirik Raude ́s percussion palette is a universe of colors and sounds. This has been like a journey on a blistering wave with creative friends.

Big thanks to Arve Henriksen for his intensely beautiful trumpet playing and sovereign producer work. Eirik Raude for his colorful and virtuoso percussion playing. Jan Erik Kongshaug for exquisite timbre and generous studio time. Skåtøy Song and Poetry Festival that gave me the challenge through the commission work “Headed for the Ocean” which is the foundation of this recording. A special thanks to Jan Erik Vold for a strong partnership.

The main thing now is to keep going.


 

Artists:

Ellen Bødtker – acoustic and electric harp, e-bows & piano
Jan Erik Vold – voice
Arve Henriksen – trumpet, vocal  and electronics
Eirik Raude – percussion and electronics

Poems and translations by Jan Erik Vold
Text selection by Ellen Bødtker
Cover paintings by Anne Kristine Thorsby
Cover design by holtmann design

Music composed by Ellen Bødtker

except tracks 6, 9 & 11 by Arve Henriksen
and tracks 8, 14 & 15 by Eirik Raude
Track 2 & 5 includes elements of
“In a Landscape” by John Cage
Recorded, and mastered at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
by Jan Erik Kongshaug, August 2015
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Arve Henriksen
Produced by Arve Henriksen

CD info Release no: LOS 150-2 EAN: 7090025831508


FOTO: CF-Wesenberg@kolonihaven.no #cfwesenberg

FOTO: CF-Wesenberg@kolonihaven.no #cfwesenberg

Ellen Bødtker about “Once Upon a Summer” (Sommeren der ute)

In August 2013, I travelled with Jan Erik Vold on the Japanese railway Schinkansen, reading haiku poems together. We were on a concert tour in the country, and looking out the window at the marvelous Japanese landscape passing by. I discovered a kinship between Jan Erik ́s haiku poems and the harp ́s Asian soundscape. It was during this journey the idea ofthis project was created. “Once upon a summer” is a musical and poetic journey through several continents with poetry as the leading track. Lyrics by Jan Erik Vold ́s diverse universe enliven the ocean, summer, sea and people, and we are meeting the hermit Zuikan that is calling upon himself. I realized that by a glance at the Japanese villages seen passing by, they have much in common with the Norwegian scenery. The rare crew of harp, trumpet, percussion and voice crept forth among the poems. Musically, I have been inspired by a huge range of timbres, both Oriental and Norwegian as well as Jan Erik ́s poetry. In light of all this wonderful material I have tried to nd my own voice. Arve Henriksen ́s unique trumpet sound portrays nature in itself, and Eirik Raude ́s percussion palette is a universe of colors and sounds. This has been like a journey on a blistering wave with creative friends.
Ellen Bødtker is an innovative harpist and composer. She has played in most concert halls, venues and festivals in Norway and a lot around the world. She is a harpist with character and is one of Scandinavia’s leading harp soloists. She studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, University of Music and Dart Eligible Arts, Vienna and Indiana University, Bloomington USA. Ellen has a strong commitment to contemporary music and several of Scandinavia’s leading composers have written solo pieces for her. She holds the position of solo harpist with the ensemble Oslo Sinfonietta. She has performed at prestigious festivals in many parts of the world with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist she has played with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Sinfonietta. Besides six solo albums under her own name, she has also participated in numerous panels in many genres, which has led to solo concerts in countries such as Japan, USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and Canada. She is founder and director of the Edvard Munch performance «Lifeblood» that celebrated Munch 150 years in Norway as well as concerts in New York and Tokyo in 2013.

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Sommeren der ute: Jan Erik Vold med Ellen S. Bødtker (harpe), Arve Henriksen (trompet) og Eirik Raude (trommer) på Fryd Scene i Ål kulturhus. (Foto: Tor Folgerø)

(Foto: Tor Folgerø)

Jan Erik Vold

is known as an essayist, translator, cultural commentator and recording artist. He has through his poems and newspaper articles set in motion a series of debates on literature and politics. In September 2000 he was also appointed an honorary doctorate at the University of Oslo. In the 1960 ́s he studied languages and literature at the universities of Oslo, Uppsala and Santa Barbara, California. He debuted as a poet in 1965 with the collection “Mellom speil og speil” (Between mirror and mirror), and has since had an extensive production.
Among his most famous record releases is «Blåmann, Blåmann» (1988) with Chet Baker and «Ingentings bjeller» (1977) with Jan Garbarek. His poem «Tale for loffen» (A speech for the white loaf) made him famous throughout Norway. When he let his funny imagination run riot over the word «Kulturuke» (Cultur week) as presented in the national TV evening news many years ago, he became a person virtually every adult in Norway got to know. Jan Erik Vold now lives in Stockholm.
Sommeren der ute: Jan Erik Vold med Ellen S. Bødtker (harpe), Arve Henriksen (trompet) og Eirik Raude (trommer) på Fryd Scene i Ål kulturhus. (Foto: Tor Folgerø)

(Foto: Tor Folgerø)

Arve Henriksen www.arvehenriksen.com

Arve comes from Stryn in the western part of Norway and is one of today’s leading jazz trumpet players. As a musician and composer, he has a position that reaches far beyond the jazz world. Henriksen was educated at Jazzlinja (NTNU) in Trondheim at a period where he participated in a several bands. His own solo CD “Sakuteiki” was released 2001. Together with Paal Nilssen-Love, he was in 2004 selected to the honorable launch program «Norwegian Jazz Launch Europe». In 2005 he participated on the concert DVD and CD release «Sketches of Spain» with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble led by Maria Schneider.
In 2012 Arve Henriksen released a box with 7 LPs and a DVD, containing the older albums «Sakuteiki» (2001), «Chiaroscuro» (2004) and «Strjon» (2007), as well as previously unreleased live recordings on the LP «Chron». «The Nature of Connections» was released in 2014. Arve played on the Norwegian Grammy nominated release «Fly North!» with Jan Gunnar Hoff, Anders Jormin and Marilyn Mazur on Losen Records, 2014. Arve cooperated with Ellen Bødtker on her album “Villveng” from 2003. Arve is founder and leader of the band Supersilent. Arve now lives in southern Sweden.

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Eirik Raude www.eirikraude.no

has won numerous awards as percussionist and premiered dozens of works. He has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, premiered works by Erlend Skomsvoll, So a Gubaidulina, Eivind Buene, Mark Adderley. He has made interdisciplinary collaborations with world music including video art, contemporary dance and theater as well as exploration of new technologies; with different groups and individuals.
His latest project is a concert that explores sound and space: «Horizons», with Arve Henriksen. He released his rst solo CD in 2005 which was applauded by the press. Eirik Raude studied percussion at the Academy of Music, Rotterdam Conservatory and Yale University and has taught at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, held international percussion seminars as well as master classes at Tromsø High School. He worked for 10 years as a percussionist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

ZUIKAN THE HERMIT

Zuikan was an hermit
who used to

call upon
himself: “Zuikan?” Then he would

answer: “Yes!” He
called: “Zuikan?” – and he

answered: “Yes!” Zuikan the hermit
lived by himself

up in the mountains, and he knew
perfectly well who he

was. But ever so often
he got lost in speculations. And when

he got lost
in speculations

he called
upon himself: “Zuikan?” “Yes!”

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