My Head Is Listening

Eivind Lønning  trumpet | Atle Nymo  tenor saxophone and bass clarinet | Michael Thieke  clarinet | Håvard Wiik  piano | Håkon Mjåset Johansen  drums | Ole Morten Vågan  double bass

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When you have a band mainly formed by Scandinavian musicians, natural is to find that they played, or play, with the top names of Nordic jazz, people like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Bugge Wesseltoft, Sidsel Endresen, Trygve Seim and Bobo Stenson. But the members of Motif have a relevance which surpasses geographic and musical boundaries, and other lists of collaborations appear, from the american icons Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and Jason Moran to activists of experimental improvisation like Axel Dorner, Akira Sakata, Jim O´Rourke, Tobias Delius, Rudi Mahall and Tony Buck. This means the music isn’t local, but global, and crosses tendencies. In the case of this super-sextet the point of departure is a powerful and swinging hard bop, going through the most committed free jazz and entering in the fields of total improvisation. You’ll find aspects of all this in “My Head is Listening”: linear phrasings versus abstract textures, suggestive melodies versus acoustic noise and feet-agitating rhythms versus deconstructed pulsations, in disrespect of the divisions between mainstream and avant-garde. Nothing is forbidden, everything is possible.

All music by Ole Morten Vågan (TONO)

Recorded May 25th-26th, 2013 and March 26th- 27th, 2015 by Jean Boris Szymszak, P4 Studio, Berlin | Mixed by Ingar Hunskaar at Diktafon Studio, Oslo, Norway | Mastered by Luis Delgado
Produced by MOTIF | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos

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