Production work and appearances

Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Jez riley French

The Height of the Reeds

(Rune Grammofon)

Commissioned by Hull 2017 City of Culture and features Opera North Chorus and Orchestra with arrangements by Alexander Waaktaar and conducted by Justin Doyle. Produced by Jan Bang.

"Probably my favourite listening of the year so far: ‘The Height of the Reeds’, the sound installation for the Humber Bridge by Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Jez Riley French & Opera North. Released by ⁦@runegrammofon⁩ this week. Extraordinarily beautiful."
Richard Williams (UK)

Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvær feat. Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay

Nordub

(OKeh)

Basic tracks recorded at Paradiso in Oslo. I added samples and programming and recorded Eivind´s  overdubs at Punkt studio and  later Nils Petter at D Volante studio, Kristiansand. Vladislav Delay mixed the album at his studio in Finland. Co-produced by Jan Bang and Vladislav Delay.

Financial Times Review: 

"Drummer Sly Dunbar and bass guitarist Robbie Shakespeare are the great rhythm section whose work traces the history of Jamaican music, from roots reggae and dub to dancehall and lover’s rock. On this album, they dovetail their rhythmic spring and bounce into layers of background electronica marshalled by producer Jan Bang in support of the broody lead voices of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and guitarist Eivind Aarset." ★★★☆☆

Arve Henriksen

Towards Language

 (Rune Grammofon)

Recorded during three days at Johnny Skalleberg´s studio in Oslo with Arve, Eivind Aarset and myself playing live together in the studio. I had brought a few sketches and ideas that I thought might be a good starting point for the recording session without presented it to the others in advance. Erik Honoré mixed the album at Punkt studio. Produced by Jan Bang.

Stefano Bollani

Napoli Trip

(Universal Classics)

A long time admirer of music of the 50´s, especially pre-rock n´roll from the Mediterranean and particularly the music from Naples and Rome with its arabic melodic lines and sophisticated lush arrangements. Stefano asked me to get involved in the recording of an album based on songs from his native Naples. I did two pieces: Sette and Nu Quart e Luninvolving  Arve Henriksen, Audun Kleive,  guitarist Bjørn Charles Dreyer and Ole Andreas Undhjem Hagelia on iPad.

Cristina Zavalloni

Special Moon

(Encore Jazz)

Italian soprano Cristina Zavalloni, known for her work with dutch composer Louis Andriesson - heard the tracks I produced for Stefano Bollani on his Napoli Trip album and asked if I could make an arrangement of Bellini´s Vaga Luna Che Inargenti.

Arve Henriksen

Towards Language Live at Punkt

On Saturday 2 September 2017, Arve Henriksen / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré / Eivind Aarset performed "Towards Language" at Punkt.

In December, 2018 the unedited concert was released on digital formats, mixed by Erik Honoré and mastered by Helge Sten. Here is a link to the iTunes version which includes the beautiful booklet designed by Nina Birkeland.

, (Also available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0SXN1RhGXotOYRr5imPBz4 )

Seán MacErlaine

Music for Empty Ears

(Ergodos)

Recorded over a period of three days at Johnny Skalleberg´s studio in Oslo. Irish clarinet player, Sean MacErlaine brought a few sketches and had invited Eivind Aarset and myself to record with him. Produced by Sean MacErlaine with Jan Bang. 

"Empty Ears is a seductive listen with a distinctive voice all its own." ~ The Wire

"The rich-textured woodwind sound of Seán Mac Erlaine scintillates … and damn near coins a new musical language." ~ Electronic Sound

"His music is truly unique, creating a world of wonders, surprises, haunted melodies and melancholic impressions. This album is a gem." ~ The Whole Note

"Music for Empty Ears glows as if lit from within. There is a tenderness and authenticity to the sound that is riveting ... scanning the spreading horizons of music but rooted in something ancient." ~ Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times.

Erik Honoré

Unrest

(Hubro)

A beautiful second solo album by my long time friend and collaborator since the mid eighties. Here, credited as musician. Produced by Erik Honoré.

«For å forstå det særpreget som fyller Erik Honorés nye album Unrest, kan man peke tilbake eller man kan la være å spørre om hvor det kommer fra og ta det friskt inn. Behandlingen av materialet har foregått i flere runder og avfødt et helt nytt musikalsk liv. Det blir som å være i et speilkabinett av uttrykk der mye kan dras kjensel på, men ingenting fremstår slik man er vant til. Jeg har ikke hørt dette gjort på en særlig mer vellykket måte enn her.»
– Arild R. Andersen, Jazznytt

Erik Honoré

Heliographs (Hubro)

Erik´s debut solo album on Hubro with Erik composing, performing/editing and producing. Some of the material came out of Punkt live remix sessions, reworked and further composed by Erik to great results. There is also a remix we did together of Nils Petter Molvær´s Dead Indeed previously unreleased. If I´m not mistaken, I believe Sidsel´s gorgeous voice derives from a live remix of Three Trapped Tigers performed live at the Victoria club in Oslo.  The opening track, Navigators is a thing of beauty.

Genevieve Lacey

Pleasure Garden

(Abc Classics)

Originally commissioned by Sydney Festival as a sound installation - Genevieve came to my studio with her engineer Jim Atkins. We composed intensely for a week with Genevieve playing recorders in every shape you could possibly imagine. I went back and forth to Australia working on the outdoor installation in Lambley Garden and at the Vaclouse Garden in Sydney. 

“In Sydney Festival’s ethereal Pleasure Garden, each listener becomes an instrument. The verdant gardens of Vaucluse House have been transformed into a luscious soundscape, where different musical layers are triggered by human movement. It’s a mystical and intensely personal experience.”

Patrick Boyle, Broadsheet

Pleasure Garden website: http://www.pleasuregarden.com.au

Eivind Aarset

I.E.

(Jazzland)

Long time collaborator and friend Eivind Aarset, here with a set of unusual hard sounding set of songs recorded in Oslo. I came with my sampler and did a few overdubs and worked with the band during the recording session consisting of Wetle Holte, Erland Dahlen both on drums, and Audun Erlien on bass. Co-produced by Eivind and myself.

Studio Shots