This is the second album from the Norwegian duo aire
& angels. Only a grand piano and Siri Gjæres
vocals are used in this music, which nevertheless displays a striking
fullness and warmth alongside its intriguing nakedness and transparency.
Moving on from their 1999 debut recording focusing on 17th Century
poets, the duo now has created music to poems by Rupert Brooke (1887
- 1915), as well as some of Siris own writing.
aire & angels sets out to merge solid songwriting and heartfelt
lyricism with the looseness and freedom of improvisation. On this
album, the priority on melodic content and simple-yet-subtle arrangements
is taken even further than the last time. Echoes of jazz phrasing
are still essential, but they are subordinate to the songs - and to
the mellow qualities of Siris unique voice.
Both Siri Gjære and Tord Gustavsen
are experienced young professionals, participating on various cds,
and performing at a wide variety of festivals, jazz clubs and
concert halls throughout Norway and Europe. Siri has her own full
band solo project on Bergland Productions (listen to the critically
acclaimed cd Love Seriously Damages Health), as well as
the folk-country trio Cricket Club. Tord is about to release his first
trio album on the ECM label December 2002. He also works and records
with the Silje Nergaard Band, Nymark Collective and other projects
featuring Jarle Vespestad, Mats Eilertsen, Kenneth Ekornes, Peter
Asplund, Magnus Lindgren, Simon Flem Devold and others.
Booking / info:
Tel: (+47) 22689671 / 90793687