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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason – Tenging

Icelandic composer and pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason lived in Gotheburg, Copenhagen and Oslo while studying his Masters degree in composition.

It is in these European cities where he met and performed with the musicians heard on this record. Jakob Eri Myhre and Merje Kägu join on trumpet and guitar with Daniel Andersson and Tore Ljøkelsøy forming the rhythm section on bass and drums.

The music on Tenging was conceived especially with them in mind, not necessarily the specific instrumentation, but the character of the people behind the respective instrument.

The resulting music is layered in space and dynamics, and seems to be controlled implicitly from within the musicians' interplay, rather than from a conscious decision made by the leader himself. An illusion surely...

Be it the high piano ripples in the opening "Ja I Dag" or the reverberatingly sustained guitar soars on "Kannski Blus," Tenging finds a young quintet continually navigating through intimate aesthetics that are inspired by modern jazz tendencies typical for the past couple of decades' variety of different European labels—ECM, unsurprisingly, coming to mind.

Cinematic nostalgia paired with fiery crescendos and wistfully isolated melodies on trumpet or piano, however, let the eight original compositions shine in a Nordic light that evokes the silhouettes of rough landscapes meeting oceans.

Personnel: Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: piano; Jakob Eri Myhre: trumpet; Merje Kägu: guitar; Daniel Andersson: bass; Tore Ljøkelsøy: drums.