CHRIS­TIAN WAL­LUM­RØD

The Zoo Is Far ECM

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Ex­plic­itly mov­ing away from jazz with this sex­tet de­spite the pres­ence of mu­si­cians with jazz back­grounds, in­clud­ing him­self, Wal­lum­rød has re­duced th­ese el­e­ments to the pe­riph­eral, seek­ing, above all, a through-com­posed ensem­ble mu­sic that re­flects his con­tacts with con­tem­po­rary classical, baroque, Nor­we­gian folk and church mu­sic. It’s exquisitely per­formed; the per­mu­tat­ing blend of trum­petvi­o­lin/Har­dan­ger fid­dle/vi­o­la­cello-baroque harp and pi­ano or har­mo­nium, with rhythm, is uniquely beau­ti­ful. Es­pe­cially sat­is­fy­ing are the longer, slightly more de­vel­oped per­for­mances; the pro­ces­sional solem­nity of Nash Lon­tano, the lovely Mu­sic for One Cat, the other-worldly, min­i­mal­ist Arch Dance, the haunt­ingly com­pelling Need Elp and, some­where on the nexus of all Wal­lum­rød’s cur­rent con­cerns, Arpa. The shorter pieces, frag­ments nei­ther moods nor epipha­nies, are more in­volved with sound than de­vel­op­ment. www.ecm­records.com

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