ELLEN BØDTKER/JAN ERIK VOLD – “Once Upon a Summer”
The lyricist Jan Erik Vold has since the album “Briskeby Blues” with among others Jan Garbarek, been building bridges between jazz and the written word. With records like “Ingentings bjeller” with Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Pelle Danielson and Jon Christensen, “Stein Regn” retellings of Bob Dylan with Kåre Virud, “Blåmann! Blåmann!” with Chet Baker, and a series of other projects, he’s made recitation a part of jazz music.
Harpist Ellen Bødtker is a solo harpist with several albums to her name. During a tour of Japan in 2013 with Vold, they realized his haikus was a perfect match for her harp.
Skåtøy folk and poetry festival commissioned “Once Upon a Summer”, and the project saw the light of day.
Starting beautifully with “white ocean” and “silent ocean”, before Vold enters with the poem collection “Once Upon a Summer”. Depicting the ocean, both music and lyrics merge as if they were conjoint twins. It’s a sunny summer, the rocks are warm and the sun hits your body.
Vold reads like he usually does, while Bødtkers realization that his words and her harp fit perfectly together becomes clear.