From ECM: “Night Song” by Ketil Bjørnstad and Svante Henryson


Night Song Ketil Bjørnstad, Svante Henryson
ECM 2108

Ketil Bjørnstad piano
Svante Henryson violoncello

Ketil Bjørnstad returns to the piano/cello duo, instrumentation which defined two of his best-loved albums, The River and Epigraphs with David Darling, back in 1996 and 1998. This new collaboration with Svante Henryson, however, tells a different story. As cellist, Henryson currently works in duos and trios with distinguished classical musicians including pianists Roland Pöntinen and Bengt Forsberg, clarinettist Martin Fröst, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Mikael Samuelson. ECM listeners, however, first heard him as a member of Jon Balke’s Magnetic North Orchestra on Kyanos (2001). In jazz contexts, he has also played in diverse formations with Tord Gustavsen, Marilyn Mazur, Nils Petter Molvaer, Arild Andersen and others. In rock and pop, he has collaborated with artists from Yngwie Malmsteen to Elvis Costello. In brief, he is an artistic polymath, rather like composer/improviser/author Bjørnstad himself. The music they create together – atmospheric, dark-hued, of melancholic temperament – is similarly beyond category.”

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