TORD GUSTAVSEN - piano, electronics
STEINAR RAKNES - double bass, electronics
JARLE VESPESTAD - drums
Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen's music continues to evolve, reaching out with memorable melodies, subtle grooves, musical space, and both gentleness and depth.
Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively with his trio, quartet and alternative line-ups in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany as well as his native Norway. He has appeared at major festivals in various other countries including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Poland; and received a number of critical awards. (For extended bios, please turn to the next pages.)
The 2014 release ‘Extended Circle’ on ECM Records marked the completion of two trilogies – three albums in the classical piano, bass, drums trio format, followed by a second trilogy in extended ensemble and quartet formats. In 2016, Tord released the strikingly original alternative 'trio' album ‘What was said’ with the voice of Afghan-German singer Simin Tander, where they re-interpreted ancient Norwegian hymns and Sufi poems, in the hauntingly beautiful Pashto language. In 20218, it was again time for the instrumental trio – for a new take on the classic format that brought Tord’s music to a wide international audience in the first place. A long awaited new trio album was released August 31st 2018 on ECM Records, entitled «The Other Side», with material pointing forwards in musical openness and inventiveness, while at the same time clearly connecting to the quietness and grounded sensuality of Tord’s remarkably successful earlier trio albums. The recent development embraced anew the paradoxically full-sounding simplicity of the ‘Nordic Blues’ that so many people came to love in Gustavsen’s debut album, along with open, Impressionist harmonic landscapes, and a clear overall hymnal and meditative feel. The album also featured three striking re-workings of J. S. Bach chorales, in dialogue with Gustavsen’s original compositions.
In 2022, this is followed by a new trio album entitled ‘Opening’; now with the introduction of bassist Steinar Raknes, adding strong, sensuous musical foundations, as well as virtuous solistic playing to the amalgam, taking the trio to yet another level.
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