A MUSICAL EXPLORATION OF THE GRAOSIDO MOUNTAIN
As reflected on Sveinung Iversen’s beautiful cover photo, the hourglass rock is a distinctive stone on the Graosido mountain range. It looks almost as if the stone is balancing and could tip over at any moment, but it stands firmly in place. This playful and breathtaking mountain is laying foundation for drummer and composer Knut Kvifte Nesheims new album with music composed for the Norwegian jazz orchestra OJKOS.
In the words of Knut Kvifte Nesheim:
Viewed from my family’s ancient farmstead by Lake Løna (Lønavatnet) near Voss in western Norway, the mountain called Graosido, literally ‘grey side’ in English, is in the far distance; but yet, by a quirk of perspective, it’s reflection on the lake appears to bring it much closer to me. The weather and seasons change, but Graosido is one constant in my life, whether shiny in the sunlight, dusted with the first snows of winter, veiled in fog, or hidden behind low clouds.
It's the same with OJKOS, a collective of jazz composers I have had the privilege to be a member of for almost five years. The task of composing rotates between the collective’s members, guaranteeing that every project is different. However, the ensemble’s identity is somehow preserved, and so over the years OJKOS has been both a constant and an ever-changing thing at the same time. Much like Graosido.
This music was inspired by this common duality and the compositions are named using words found in the Voss dialect (vossamål) – distinctive words describing natural environments and weather phenomena present at Graosido. - Knut Kvifte Nesheim
Henriette Eilertsen - fløyte
Camilla Hole - saksofon
Tina Lægreid Olsen - saksofon og klarinett
Richard Köster - trompet
Lyder Øvreås Røed - trompet
Tancred Heyerdahl Husø - trompet
Magnus Murphy Joelson - trombone
Johannes Fosse Solvang - trombone
Martin Taxt - tuba
Clement Merienne - piano
Arne-Martin Nybo - gitar
Mike McCormick - gitar/laptop
Alexander Hoholm - bass
Knut Kvifte Nesheim - trommer og vibrafon
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All music by Knut Kvifte Nesheim