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Label: ACT Music
Quality: FLAC 16 bits 44.1kHz
mp3 and booklet included
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M.B. M.B. 9:45    
Album only
Track length:9:45
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210111
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Djambo Djambo 9:09    
Album only
Track length:9:09
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210112
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Theme for O.J. Theme for O.J. 11:32    
Album only
Track length:11:32
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210113
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Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro 7:21    
Album only
Track length:7:21
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210114
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P.T. 1 P.T. 1 10:55    
Album only
Track length:10:55
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210115
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Korall Korall 8:11    
Album only
Track length:8:11
Artist: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Performer: conducted by Geir Lysne:
Special Guests: Sondre Bratland - vocals
Ketil V. Einarsen - flutes, piccolo flute
Morten Halle - alto and soprano saxophone, flu
Klaus Graf - alto saxophone, flute
Andi Maile - tenor saxophone, flute
Fredrik Ø. Jensen - tenor and baritone saxophone
Bernhard Seland - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Frank Brodahl - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Marius Haltli - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Ole Jørn Myklebust - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Eckhard Baur - trumpet, fluegelhorn, vocals
Helge Sunde - trombone
Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Jørgen Gjerde - trombone
Ketil Hovland - trombone
Jørn Øien - keyboards
Hallgrim Bratberg - guitar
Jan Olav Renvåg - double bass, electric bass, tuba
Kenneth Ekornes - drums, percussion
Knut Aalefjær - drums, percussion
Producer: Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble
Genre: Jazz - Contemporary
Studio: Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo on November 6 - 8, 2001 Mixed and Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Arranger: Geir Lysne
Composer: Geir Lysne
ISRC: DEA890210116
Digital booklet Album only

"Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro" is a very old piece of music. The melody’s genesis has been lost in the mists of Norwegian folklore. The only thing that is sure is that Lars Linderot wrote the spiritual text in 1798. You don’t have to speak Norwegian to know what the song is about. It speaks of wandering in the gloom, belief in a higher force ,the search for eternal peace. In principle, it’s the same with jazz, that bastard child of bordello and church. It is probably the only modern music form that, by accident or design, has undertaken the search for God in this age of secularization.

"Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro" is at the center of "Korall", the new album of Geir Lysne’s Listening Ensemble, which was formed in 1999. Norwegian folk singer Sondre Bratland interprets the church hymn from the depths of her heart, humbly restrained, and with a quiet faith. Like a lost soul, an electric guitar wails in the background, while an acoustic bass spits out dark threats. But when the horns enter, strong, bright, and magnificent, one suddenly senses that heaven is very near. Without question a choral for the 21st century. And thus a possible manifestation of what 37 year old Norwegian composer Geir Lysne conceives as his aural vision of "Nordic sound" for a large ensemble.

Lysne lives with his wife, his two sons, and five chickens in a wooden house not far from Oslo. He says, "I am not concerned about styles linked to the bib band tradition. For me the big band is just an instrumentation with unique possibilities for colouring sounds in a jazz format."   With the group’s unique flute-like sound,  electric rhythm section with two percussionists, Lysne has infiltrated the big band tradition. These unusual instrumental modifications give his Listening Ensemble, made up of Norwegian and German musicians, a specific sound somewhere between deep, heavy Norwegian soul, powerful jazz-rock, and ambient irritation. In addition, there is Lysne’s penchant for elements of folklore, uneven time signatures, modal tensions, and playing around with noise. On "Korall", the follow-up work to his "Aurora Borealis" suite, which was released last year on ACT 9406-2, he lets his 20-piece orchestra play the compositions down to the last card.

Not only does "Korall" come to life through the spirituality of the chorales; it also lives as the iridescent blaze of colors of a coral reef. It reflects this double-meaning most clearly in the title piece, where the given melody of the monochromatic theme is gradually impregnated with the colored crystal lyricism of the instrumentalists. "M.B.", the homage to a sharp comic-strip bride out of a British cartoon series, along with the African-leaning "Djambo", turn out to be veritable jigsaw puzzles, since the metres whirl around, and from one moment to the next the music is flooded with horn riffs. Middle Age-Punk-Archaic, late Miles Davis, and hints of Trip-Hop find themselves so casually connected that it seems the most natural thing in the world. It’s the same in "P.T.1", where the light of the Latin South breaks through the shadowy world of the North. And finally, most likely because of the obligation to uphold the Norwegian Jan Garbarek tradition, trumpeter Ole J. Myklebust pays homage in "Theme For O.J.", a ballad as deep as the sea. 

"Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro" - Exactly - no one attains everlasting peace when they refuse to listen to a higher voice. With "Korall" Geir Lysne shows what can have meaning at the dawning of a new millennium. The path to salvation is tortuous. He who can nevertheless smile will not be damned.

About Geir Lysne:

The composer, musician and conductor Geir Lysne was born in 1965 in Trondheim, Norway. Currently he resides in Asker, a suburb close to Oslo.

In addition to his “Geir Lysne Ensemble”, which is increasingly gaining international recognition, Geir works as a composer and lecturer in jazz.

He's educated from the ’Norwegian Academy of Music’, with jazz saxophone and composition as main subjects. In 2006 his CD Boahjenásti (ACT 9441-2) won the “German Critics’ Award”, and was nominated to “Danish Music Award Jazz” as well. With the “Oslo Groove Company” he won the "Norwegian Grammy" already back in 1992. After being awarded several grants between 2001 and 2003 he received the "working scholarship for composers" from the Norwegian government in 2004.

Geir Lysne is a major figure with Big Bands and Wind Ensembles, and additionally as part of the Norwegian classical orchestra scene. He has worked with European radio jazz orchestras such as “NDR Big...