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Trondheim Voices / Batagraf: On Anodyne – Trondheim Voices

JON BALKE: Anodyne 1 · Anodyne 2 · Anodynemore…

Trondheim Voices: Live Maria Roggen: vocals, Kirsti Huke: vocals, Siri Gjære: vocals, Ingrid Lode: vocals, Torunn Sævik: vocals, Tone Annie: vocals, Sissel Vera Pettersen: vocals, Anita Kaasbøll: vocals, Silje Karlsen Ræstad: vocalsBatagraf: Jon Balke: percussion, Helge Norbakken: percussion, Snorre Bjerck: percussion, Ingar Zach: percussion

“On Anodyne” is Jon Balke’s commissioned work for the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices and percussion group Batagraf, based on the poem “Anodyne” by the American poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

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Soothing suite for voices and percussion

“On Anodyne” is Jon Balke’s commissioned work for the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices and percussion group Batagraf, based on the poem “Anodyne” by the American poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
“On Anodyne” pays tribute to the body, to music, to human beings. The work, a suite for nine voices and four percussionists, had its world premiere at the Molde Jazz Festival in 2011. Anodyne means analgesic or soothing, and the subject of the piece is relieving pain. The concert was held in Molde on 23 July of that year, as a subdued and lovely way of showing respect for the victims of the previous day, one of the darkest days in Norway’s history, when a lone killer murdered innocent teenagers at a summer camp. The work was inspired by the Wolof song tradition of Africa. Balke’s point of departure was the playful approach of Trondheim Voices to the endless possibilities and harmonic riches inherent in the human voice, along with the rhythmic tapestry woven by Batagraf.

“On Anodyne” was recorded and mixed at Rainbow Studio, and was produced by Live Maria Roggen, Jon Balke and Jan Erik Kongshaug.

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“On Anodyne” is Jon Balke’s commissioned work for the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices and percussion group Batagraf, based on the poem “Anodyne” by the American poet Yusef Komunyakaa.“On Anodyne” pays tribute to the body, to music, to human beings.

Trondheim Voices & Batagraf

Trondheim Voices is an improvisational vocal ensemble formed of professional singers, all of whom have studied in the jazz programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The ensemble has been regarded as one of the leading groups of its type in Norway and the rest of the world for the past ten years. The group has commissioned new music and presented works by a number of prominent composers, and has worked closely together with sound designer Asle Karstad and artist Anne-Cathrin Hertling for many years.

The percussion collective Batagraf was established by Jon Balke in 2005. Batagraf is described as a musical “think tank”, and from the start its objective has been to explore the connections between rhythm, language and literary content. Batagraf has collaborated with a long list of poets, comedians, dancers and writers, and has released two critically acclaimed albums on the ECM label.

“On Anodyne” was recorded and mixed at Rainbow Studio, and was produced by Live Maria Roggen, Jon Balke and Jan Erik Kongshaug.

Upcoming concerts:
30 October: Levanger Kulturkirke
1 November: Dokkhuset, Trondheim
2 November: Namsos Kulturhus
3 November: Plassen, Molde

Release date: 28.10.2016

EAN: 7033662045426

Cat.No.: GRCD4542

Priskategori: CD