JAZZLANDS OKWORLD – LABEL RELEASE
- Optimism and creativity without border
OkWorld started out as a project initiated by Bugge Wesseltoft and Oslo World for the twentieth anniversary of the festival. The idea was for Wesseltoft to meet up with musicians from, among other places, India, Spain, Lebanon and Mozambique. They visited each others home countries, developed music along the way and performed the result at the opening concert of Oslo World that year. Luckily, that wasn’t the end of the story. When Jazzland now announces their new subsidiary label and celebrates it with a concert at Victoria this Oslo World, OkWorld has become a home for music without borders. A musical microcosm, consisting of such acts as Sanskriti Shresta Avatar, Harpreet Bansal band, Bendik Baksaas, Bugge and Adama Barry, to mention a few.
That Bugge Wesseltoft and his label Jazzland is at the centre of something like this is to be expected. Musical meetings are essential to Wesseltoft – the initial concept behind the OkWorld project was music as the original language – and the best tool we have for bridging cultural divides. Over the course of a long career, Bugge has thrived in the gaps between jazz and club music, he has combined sounds from different continents and ages. That kind of ambition permeates the artist roster of OkWorld, who this night will be able to present six new releases. We will hear sounds both ancient and modern, from all over the globe.
Tortusa || Breistein remixed Mind Vessel
Tortusa (aka John Derek Bishop) and Inge Weatherhead Breistein's acclaimed album "Mind Vessel" is given the remix treatment by an array of remixers including Spanish producer Servando Barreiro, German producers Tarkatak and A thousand Vows, Norwegian Pjusk and Breistein/Gullåsen. Poet Erlend Wichne reads his work on "Hope".
The EP is available digitally on all streaming platforms and download stores.
Carolina Katún - New Album - "Al Silencio"
The first album by the Mexican-Swiss singer Carolina Katún "Al Silencio" is an ode to silence. The minimalist, crossover music is unified and highlighted by a great variety of vocal sounds, techniques and styles that revisit key songs from the Latino American songbook.
Available to buy from Bandcamp and your favourite retail outlets now.
Eberson - New Single - "Something New"
The brand new single - "Something New" - taken from the forthcoming album, "Empathy" by Eberson, the father & daughter team of Jon and Marte Eberson.
"Something New" is a song that dives and swoops, and soars majestically, tinged with melancholy, yet powered by determination rather than resignation. It is a song that breathes, lives and loves without reservation.
Now Vs Now - New Album - The Buffering Cocoon
“★★★★. Bowie’s Blackstar keyboard player beams in from a galaxy far far away…Dilla-esque interlocking grooves are bathed in alien sounds…a darkly beguiling delight.” – MOJO
“This rich, dense, rewarding album offers further proof of Bowie’s impeccably excellent taste.” – Uncut
Jason Lindner, a keyboardist with eclectic musical sensibilities that intermesh to create a unique voice that has served as a key ingredient for numerous projects, including David Bowie's final album "Blackstar", presents his New York-based band's third album (and first for Jazzlandrec), "The Buffering Cocoon". READ MORE
Lassen - New Album - Eventyrer
Jazzland Rec is proud to present "Eventyrer", the brand new album by Lassen.
This is hybrid jazz improvisation, dipping into countless musical pools, creating wholly new sounds. However, leaving aside the inventiveness and will to explore unusual combinations, the album demonstrates how such experimentation can be a melodic adventure for the listener as well as the players. "I try to find a vibe, an atmosphere or a feeling. To me music is about feelings, energy, and connection between musicians and audience," says Harald Lassen. The players themselves deliver performances that accentuate and enhance the compositional journey perfectly. READ MORE
Torun Eriksen - New Album -Luxury and Waste
Torun Eriksen's "Luxury and Waste", her sixth solo album at Jazzland Rec, explores familiar territory in an utterly unfamiliar way.
Where her previous album "Grand White Silk" flirted with arrangements of grandeur, she turns now in the opposite direction and gives us new songs in an uncompromising, stripped-back sound, shifting between cool, drifting moods and driving pulsating rhythms. Bassist Kjetil Dalland is her sole companion here, and his subtle yet distinctive style the perfect complement to Torun's voice, as she invites us into "Luxury and Waste", her most intimate album yet. READ MORE
Listen here: https://Jazzlandrec.lnk.to/lUQhz
New Album "Leken/Playful" by Erlend Skomsvoll
The musician alone, unaccompanied.
Eschewing the support of either electronics or other musicians, Skomsvoll is alone at his piano, investigating musicality as a medium of expression, not an intellectual exercise. By the very nature of this arrangement this album becomes something more personal, but this feeling comes more so from Skomsvoll's playing.
This is a Jazzland debut for Skomsvoll as a solo artist, and represents a version of his musical vision in its most raw and unveiled form.
With Samaya, her second Jazzland release, Harpreet Bansal brings creativity and passion, stylistic focus and intensity, and a mastery of multiple traditions and the perfect blending of them.
Featuring an expanded group, the original members of Bansal Trio are present (Vojtěch Procházka (harmonium) and Andreas Bratlie (table, percussion, voice), and are joined by Adrian Fiskum Myhr (bass) and Javid Afsari Rad (santur), as well as guest appearances by Nils-Olav Johansen (guitar, voice, percussion, samples) and Sanskriti Shrestha (table). The expanded sonic palette is an exciting change, but one that never overcrowds the music itself, instead affording luxurious variation, textures, and a fuller harmonic soundscape for the melodies and improvisations to travel.
With "Dedication", Beady Belle has drawn together all the threads of inspiration at the core of who she is and has woven a brand new tapestry that is vibrant, organic, energetic, cool, emotional, intimate, and unequivocally funky. Soul and R&B have always been close to Beady Belle's heart, and with "Dedication", she is ...