Andreas Røysum Ensemble


Andreas Røysum Ensemble (Motvind Records 2020, MOT7LP + MOT7CD)
Release date: March 5th 2020

Andreas Røysum hereby introduces himself as leader of his own ensemble consisting of ten souls from the young Norwegian jazz scene. From the first attack we realize that we are dealing with a jazz record – playful bass lines, joyful melodies, avid outbursts and a lot of fun. Actually, a lot of fun: inside the ensemble’s walls of sound one can hear tablas, two double basses, a string quartet, a wind quartet and more – simply a luxerious listening experience for the adventurous ones.

The music was recorded live in two takes that each fills one of the sides on the vinyl record. One can see each side as a journey in sound, where the ensemble is exposed as a unity as well as split into smaller groups. The melodies are sometimes full-bodied orchestrated, almost like a big band, sometimes unison. The drum kit and tabla tarang – a tabla setup that enables melodious playing – forms a rhytmical foundation that get’s the feet trampling. Two quartets are included, with the halfway-Messiaensque  titles «Quartet from the Beginning of Time» #1 and #2. These pieces stand out from the rest of the album in the way they are liberated from the melodious and pulse-based fundaments that is the core of the rest of the tunes. However, the quartets are pointing in clear directions, just listen in when the rest of the ensemble re-enters after the wind quartet on side B – like a flood wave! There is a lot of collectiv effort, and few long-streched solo parts. In the good socialist spirit the individual achievements comes second of the ensemble as whole.

Andreas Røysum is a visionary guy, he has a voice that is worth listening to. His thoughts on life, society and of course music is both well-founded and engaging. He has some interesting things to say about making music, for is it not a true miracle that human beings are able to create these cosmic vibrations, almost out of thin air?

Most of the time that I am not playing or listening to others play, I hear beautiful music in my own head. Melodies, harmonies, rhytms and sounds single-handedly turn out, as gifts that I luckily have the oportunity to recieve and further develop. This is the way the music on this record originated. This far I have a fairly similar experience with composition, playing music and life in general; submission of too many rigid concepts will eventually burn out the light that is constantly giving. By basing my music on these gifts I feel like a medium in a precise point in history. It enables me to be an artist.

Lively music that leans on the jazz traditions of the last 50-60 years, Røysum?

I don’t need to pretend to be anyone else. I don’t need to deliberetly mix different musical styles or lose myself in retro fetishism or imagine a hypothetical future in an attempt to catch the pulse of the zeitgeist. Because life lives, it pulsates. The spirit flows through the matter.

An ensemble with musicians being roughly the same age, where everybody has played with each other in lot’s of other different bands, is a good point of departure when one wishes to bring light and warmth to acceptant minds. When several people work togheter and pulls in the same direction, wonders may happen.

 I have been so lucky that external circumstances has given me the oportunity to cultivate my gifts with fantastic friends, master navigators in the mystical spheres of sound. Now it is time to pass these gifts on, with hope that this in my ears warm and joyous vibrations also will make other peoples life brighter.

We thank each other for the gifts that surround us, and hope that this record will become a companion in happy times.

Personnel: Andreas Røysum, clarinet; Henriette Eilertsen, flute; Signe Emmeluth, alto saxofon; Marthe Lea, tenor saxofon; Hans Kjorstad, violin; Joel Ring, cello; John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal; double bass, Christian Meaas Svendsen, double bass; Sanskriti Shresta, tablas; Ivar Myrset Asheim, drums

Music composed by Andreas Hoem Røysum
Recorded and produced by Magnus Nergaard at Flerbruket – 20th of August 2019.
Mastered by Audun Strype at Strype Audio
Cover painting by Kenneth Lien, layout by Egil Kalman.

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