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[Music] Haav – Nord

One track is all we have to work with from Norwegian composer Haav (Harald Øgaard out of Bergen, Norway), but if this is a taste of what will be coming in Spring of 2019, I’m looking forward to hearing a full album’s worth. Heavy, claustrophobic ambient. This really envelops you.

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[Music] Jan Garbarek Group featuring Trilok Gurtu – Jazz & Wine Of Peace 2016 -Teatro Comunale Cormòns, 26 10 2016

Norwegian saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek never disappoints, but adding Mumbai-born master percussionist Trilok Gurtu makes his sound that much richer.

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[Music] Juhani Silvola – Post​-​Biological Wildlife


Norwegian composer Juhani Silvola is the heir of the French electroacoustic music tradition, and he has managed to update the sound while maintaining its spirit.  According to his biography, “Juhani’s music often explores themes circling post-humanism, nature and virtual reality, questioning the role of humanity in the near future, and painting varied scenarios without exclusively condemning or glorifying the techno-futuristic vision.”  We’re in for a bleak future, folks.

Post​-​Biological Wildlife is his latest album, released on his own Eighth Nerve Audio.

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[Music] Oslo Kulturnatt: Øyunn – Full Concert

Norway has a very healthy jazz scene, and it seems to be supported by the state (please correct me if I’m wrong). Siv Øyunn Kjenstad, a drummer and vocalist of this trio bearing her name, has no releases (with her as band leader) that I know of, but judging by this performance, I’m looking forward to hearing what they can do in a studio.

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[Music] Folque – Fanteguten

Folque were a Norwegian folk-prog band who were active in the early 1970s.  According to some comments I’ve read recently, though they didn’t make much of a dent in the American market, they were quite popular in Brazil, of all places.

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[Music] Sten Erland Hermundstad – Pictures Of A Piano

Sten Erland Hermundstad is a Norwegian pianist I stumbled across while cleaning out my Soundcloud account. He plays in a truly sublime fashion and would have done well had he been signed to an appropriate label like ECM Records.

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[Music] Sinikka Langeland – The Rose

Norwegian singer Sinikka Langeland is more proof, as if you need it, that ECM can do little wrong. Kantele music in a jazz idiom. Stunning.

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[Sample] Bjørnar Habbestad – Solo live at Landmark, June 2015

It pays to scroll through various social media from time to time. Today’s Soundcloud scroll brought me to the music of Bjørnar Habbestad, a Norwegian composer of avant-garde and improvisational music. I don’t know if this particular piece is part of a CD or just a live improv, but this made for some incredibly good listening this afternoon.

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[Video] Máddji – Iđitguovssu (Dawn Light)

Máddji (Norwegian info only) is a Sámi singer from Norway. The vocals are light, but powerful. Lyrics in both English and Sámi are shown below:

Lyrics (English):

You flew in from the dawn
Such a sight when you came into view
You stretched your white wings
Careful embrace

Swan, my swan
Dive, heat my blood
Swan, my swan
Before dawn breaks

You flew in from the dawn
Such a sight when you came into view
You whispered softly
Youthful caress

Swan, my swan
Dive, heat my blood
Swan, my swan
Before dawn breaks

Bring out my yearning
The longing of the lonely

Lyrics (Sámi):

Iđitguovssus girdilit
Hávski lei go iđistit
Vilges dolggiid geigestit
Várrogasat salastit

Njukča, njuvččažan
Buokčal, ligge varan
Njukča, njuvččažan
Ovdal iđitroađi

Iđitguovssus girdilit
Hávski lei go iđistit
Jaskatvuođain savkalit
Nuorravuođain njávkalit

Njukča, njuvččažan
Buokčal, ligge varan
Njukča, njuvččažan
Ovdal iđitroađi

Riegádahte áibbašeami
Oktovuođa váillaheami

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[Video] When – Death In The Blue Lake

Lars Pedersen (When) is a Norwegian post-Industrial/Avant-Progressive/Proto-Black Ambient composer whose work never really got its fair due. I actually came across his work in several progressive rock magazines, as well as the seminal experimental publication ‘Music From The Empty Quarter’ (RIP), who didn’t quite know what to make of his work. If he is still active and making music, I’m sure he’s taking advantage of the upgrades in technology. The raw material he had to work with was bleak, unnerving, and quite amazing.