Nina Birkeland

Launches new website ninabirkeland.com

Graphic designer Nina Birkeland has launched a new website. The site presents new and existing work including her beautiful design for the Eivind Aarset/Jan Bang duo album Snow catches on her Eyelashes, released on Jazzland - in addition to her work as the in-house designer for Punkt.

Jan Bang interview in Italy

Allaboutjazz

Allaboutjazz Italy has published and interview of Jan Bang by Danilo Durante You can find the interview here

(photo by Peer Kugler)

Jan Bang | Ensemble Modern

With these hands: Video

Irisierende Klangskulpturen, die im Raum zu schweben scheinen: Am 8. März 2020 führte das Ensemble Modern gemeinsam mit Jan Bang ›With these hands‹ im Frankfurter Museum für Angewandte Kunst auf. Für das Ensemble Modern hat der norwegische Musiker und Produzent Jan Bang nun in der aktuellen Situation einen Film entwickelt. Wir sehen aus dem Fenster seines Studios in Kristiansand in Norwegen. »Nur ein alltägliches Bild von etwas, das von der aktuellen bizarren Weltlage nicht betroffen zu sein scheint. Die Aufnahmen wurden mit meinem Handy gemacht und von Nina Birkeland, meiner Frau und lebenslangen Partnerin bearbeitet.«

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Continuously  updated list of reviews of Snow Catches on her Eyelashes

 

 

13 great lessons of fighting spirit, celebration and surrender

Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History 
Roger Eno and Brian Eno: Mixing Colours 
Alabaster DePlume: To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals No. 1 
Carla Bley Trio: Life Goes On 
Pulled by Magnets: Rose Golden Doorways 
Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers 
Rustin Man: Clockdust 
Thomas Köner: Motus 
Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang: Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes 
Samuel Rohrer: Continual Decentering 
The Necks: Three 
Gil Scott-Heron / Makaya McCraven: We‘re New Again 
Wire: Mind Hive

 

 

 

Snow Catches On Her Eyelashes

Reviewed in Electronic Sound

"...The Witness is a haunted, meditative moment, stranded between celebration and mournfulness."

For full review, please visit Electronic Sound magazine 

 

 

Punkt BCU postponed

Richard Williams on Snow Catches on her Eyelashes and other new Punkt related releases

The news that this week's Punkt festival in Birmingham has been postponed is no surprise. Live music of any sort in a public setting is going to be unavailable to most people for some time to come, but the loss of this two-day event will be keenly felt. As I discovered at its Norwegian home in Kristiansand last year, Punkt is a very special event, conceived by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré as a vehicle for the exploration of the possibilities of live remixing.

Among those due to perform in Birmingham were the trumpeter/singer Arve Henriksen, the guitarist Eivind Aarset, the singer Maja S. K. Ratkje, the saxophonist Trish Clowes and the drummer Mark Sanders. Also on the schedule was a live remix of The Height of the Reeds, the piece specially commissioned to accompany walks across the Humber Bridge during Hull's year as Europe's city of culture in 2017.

I can think of only one direct way of making up for the loss of the festival, and that's by listening to new albums by some of the Punkt's principal figures. Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes finds Aarset and Bang creating a series of beguiling soundscapes that feature contributions from the singer Sidsel Endresen, the trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, the pianist Hilde Norbakken, the percussionist Anders Engen and the bassist Audun Erlien, with Honoré making an appearance on synthesiser. Bang and Aarset specialise in making electronic music that never forfeits its humanity to science. "Before the Wedding", featuring Norbakken, has a lyrical simplicity that is as lovely as anything you'll hear this year.

Arve Henriksen's The Timeless Nowhere is a box containing four vinyl LPs, each in its own sleeve, each recorded under different circumstances. Towards Language was recorded live at Kick Scene in Kristiansand during Punkt in 2017 with the basic quartet complete by Bang, Aarset and Honoré. Acousmograph is a series of overdubbed solo explorations for trumpet, vocal, keyboards and field recordings. The rapt tone poems of Captured Under Mountainsides make it a close cousin to Henriksen's classic Places of Worship. And Cryosphere involves Bang in exquisite remixes of pieces from earlier projects.

There are many different strategies here. Henriksen's music can morph from stateliness to pathos, from reflection to disquiet, sometimes layering contradictory states. But it feels all of a piece: a tapestry of beautiful moments woven together by a unique controlling sensibility of superlative aesthetic instincts.

Meanwhile, the chaos around us at the moment prompts all sorts of thoughts. One is that musicians are going to suffer badly from this enforced hiatus, and a way of continuing to support them is to buy their physical records. Another is this: what happens to music that was never played?

* Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes is on Jazzland Records. The Timeless Nowhere is on Rune Grammofon. The photograph -- taken in Kristiansand's cathedral, the Domkirken, last year -- shows (from left) Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Erik Honoré.

- Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
 

March 9, 2020. Points of departure: Michael Engelbrecht  interview with Jan at manafonistas.com